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March 4, 2008
Madison Heights, Michigan
October 7, 2005
We started out slow, looking around, and met all sorts of deer, goats, and Bambi-type animals. There were two ostriches that followed us for a while. We saw boars and ducks of all sorts. They have lions and tigers caged, so you cannot feed them, but they are close enough. We saw one rhino sleeping, also caged, and apparently the camels were in for the day. We threw them some food, though. What became more amazing than anything were the oxen, giraffe and zebras that come right up to the van and have no problem sticking their heads right into the window. The first time that I turned around to find myself face-to-face with a giraffe was stunning. They warn you that they are animals, of course, and tell you that caution and care should be used, but we experienced docile creatures. I was able to pet the snout of the giraffe, oxen, horses, deer, etc. It was an awesome feeling.
Our tour lasted about an hour. Keep in mind that when planning your trip, they are open rain or shine. If you don’t like the day’s weather, don’t go that day, as there are no refunds. They sell the last ticket 1 hour before closing, and if you don’t make it all the way through, you can get your ticket stamped to come back the next day. Either take paper towels with you or buy a, "I got slobbered on," towel at the desk for $2.95. These animals love to be fed; slobber happens. See www.animalsafari.com.
From journal A Week in Columbus, Georgia