Activity: Wildlife Safari


DSC_4202This summer we made a journey south, making a stop in Winston, Oregon. Winston is just south of Roseburg and home toWildlife Safari. We used to visit when I was child and they continue to be a big draw for families from all over the world! They estimate more than 150,000 people come to the park to have a look at their inhabitants each year.

The park’s main focus is conversation of animals and education for all of us humans. It is the only drive through animal park in Oregon, and gives you an up close look at various animal species. This is such a special place where you can see elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and cheetahs roaming around their large enclosures. Wildlife Safari is home to one of the most successful cheetah breeding programs in the nation. You will get to see the baby cheetahs in the “day enclosure”. While we were there, we saw a baby cheetah and her best buddy. Usually cheetahs are born as sets of twins, but her twin didn’t make it so her best friend and companion is a puppy who is about the same age. The pup was similar in size and they have bonded and spend their days together. The only time they are separated is during feeding times.

Wildlife Safari also has a petting zoo portion where kids can learn about goats and cows. There are reptiles and birds, and a train to ride around as well. In the past they did Elephant rides, but that no longer happens and they now offer camel rides instead. There is also an education center where they teach folks about different animals and about conservation of those animals.  In addition they offer up close encounters with a few of the large animals for a fee. We went out and spent time with the elephants, which was an amazing experience. When I was a child I did an elephant ride and many of these elephants are the same as the ones who were there when I was a child.

Wildlife Safari is a really excellent day out and a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Parents really love it too, and we highly recommend checking it out! There is also a campgroundjust outside the park. When we get back down again, we might give that a go. We have dragged our little teardrop through the park twice now. I sure wish I could have a picture of that, but you are not allowed to get out of your car (for safety reasons).

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