on February 8, 2006
They are called CAREGIVERS, but they are more than that. They are their friends, caretakers, family, and part of their pack. This is the staff at Out of Africa Wildlife Park.This refuge for exotic animals has no frills, but it has much, much more. The staff is dedicated to saving these animals and making their lives as pleasant as possible.There are two parts to this park, The Wildlife Preserve and The Serengeti Safari. First we get on board a Mercedes Unimog to take our adventure through the safari. As I was driven through the safari, I realized that this is more than seeing animals. The guide told us stories about each of the animals. One story was about three zebras that are troublemakers and how they had to separate them from the rest of the zebras and a wildebeest. After they put all the troublemakers together with two 20-year-old horses they rescued, everyone lived in harmony. The horses were going to be put down until the staff of "Out of Africa" decided to rescue them. The horses were suffering from seizures until they came to this park. Now the horses will finish out the rest of their lives living in an open natural habitat. Another story was that the ostrich was gored by a sable and is having a speedy recovery. As a matter of fact, he came right up to the unimog to check us out. Each giraffe, zebra, ostrich, and sable, and all the other animals, all have names and stories. These caregivers have a very unique relationship with every creator.Next we took the wildlife preserve tour. I was very lucky to have Prayeri as our guide. She is one of the founders of this park. I thought I was touched by the stories on the safari tour, but I was even more moved with the preserve. This area mainly has predators or the big cats. Prayeri had a compelling story about each animal; it brought tears to my eyes. I met Eclipse, a black African leopard, and how he survived cancer. The vet suggested putting Eclipse down; Prayeri would not hear of it. The cancer was removed and now he is relaxing on a tree branch just enjoying the day. Soloman, an African lion, was suffering from digestive problems. Prayeri researched his problem on the Internet, came up with something, and now Soloman is cured and on a regular diet. I was amazed how the animals come over when they see Prayeri. Aniko, an artic wolf, acted just like a dog. Prayeri enters the habitat and Aniko jumped up and gave her a big kiss. I enjoyed my visit here ten times more than my visit to The Animal Kingdom in Disney. It might not have all the frills, but this park is like a family of animals living in harmony with humans.
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