Out of Africa Wildlife Park
No, we didn't make it to the African Continent. Instead we found something more within our financial
reach. On March 17, 2009 we packed our day cooler with peanut butter sandwiches, grapes, cherry tomatoes
and chips with salsa, and then drove north from Sahuarita, Arizona, through Tucson,
all the way up to the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona. Here we
were allowed up-close observation of
Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Black Bears, Grizzly Bears, Camels, Ostrichs, Cobras, Zebras, Exotic Birds, Wildebeests, Wolves, Hyenas, as well as a Rhinoceros (rescued in route to certain death at a trophy hunting ranch), a Jaguar (rescued after a back injury), and a Leopard (with only three legs).
To better understand who they are and what they do, I've added the following quote from their website:
OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK strives to educate and entertain; to provide an exciting and engaging opportunity to love and respect creation and Creator. It is a place where family and friends gather to experience oneness with animals and each other during safaris, tours, walks, observations, and shows of wild-by-nature animals in their own natural splendor. In this way, we hope to achieve a kind of oneness with them, which will cause us to consider them to be so valuable that we cannot allow them to be lost forever. We continually provide natural living spaces for animals in need, so they can become ambassadors of their own kind. We have heeded the call of those without a voice, who now border on extinction.
We nearly filled up the chips on our two cameras. Here are the best of the photos. We intend on returning again someday for more.