Animals, Nature, Virginia

Virginia Safari Park

June 4, 2008

We went to the Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, Virginia a couple weeks ago. It turned out to be even more fun than I thought it would. Something completely unexpected was the natural beauty of the park itself, which is nestled into the surrounding mountains.

We showed up at 11 am expecting to take the noon tram. Not so. They had already sold out. Major bummer, because I was worried about driving my own car as I’d heard that the animals could dent your car. The lady assured me that we’d be fine as long as we followed the rules, so off we went…

First up were llamas, pot-bellied pigs, deer, and ostriches. Then, camels, more deer, antelope, buffalo (that was kind of scary since he was SO big), zebra, giraffes, water buffalo, etc. I really enjoyed seeing the zebra up close and personal and was amazed to find that up close their stripes actually look more brown than black.

We fed the animals and that was kind of cool – we just held our feed buckets out of the window. I rode standing through the sunroof almost the entire time, which was nice. Kind of like our own little safari vehicle with 360 degree vision and much better pictures for me!

After we drove through the entire park (it’s like 3 miles), we parked and walked around to see the animals behind fences – tigers, monkeys, kangaroos, giraffe, birds, etc. We were there in time for a lorikeet feeding, which was nice. Those birds are LOUD!

Overall, a very nice trip! View more of my pictures here.

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