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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Global Wildlife Center

Today we went to the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, LA (about 40 minutes from our home.) It was lots of fun & very informative--a good deal for the price. Enough talk, however. Here are some pictures (as usual, click for larger images)...














16 comments:

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

These are great shots - what a lot of animals! Love the one of the four birds in a row, its priceless!

Shauna Roberts said...

Looks like you got there on a good day, when the animals were about and active. Great pictures.

Lana Gramlich said...

Julie; About the 4 birds...The tour guide was explaining that that goose pals around with those ducks constantly (which was true from what we could see.) They were like 4 peas in a pod. Very cute!

Shauna; It was a perfect day for such a trip. We had a great time. Thanks for your kind words on the photos!

Lisa said...

Sweet sweet pictures, Lana ~~ I especially love the camel, and the ducks hanging out with the turtle!

Anonymous said...

Yeah,
I think I'd walk a mile here.

ivan

mon@rch said...

Stunning photos and looks like a very cool place!

Travis said...

I don't know why, but those pictures really made me smile.

Charles Gramlich said...

It was so funny how that little guy in the first picture was chasing all the females around, with his head up. Definitely he was in the spring mood.

Lana Gramlich said...

Lisa; Thanks. I like the way 3 of the turtles are kind of looking up at the ducks as if they're gods. *LOL*

Ivan; I don't think they'd let you walk, but you could ride the open-sided tram, like everyone else!

Mon@rch; Thanks. It's an awesome place. Not only do they have the animals pictured here, but they're also involved in conserving one of the most endangered antelopes in the world. They're kept away in a large pen (for protection,) & the 20 or 30 they have represented 2% of the remaining population of that animal in the entire world. Sad to hear about such low numbers, but glad to hear this organization is helping reverse that.

Travis; I think animals can make anyone smile, really. Well, maybe except sociopaths...

Charles; Yes! It was cool to see them running around (like they would in the wild,) & not just loping along beside the tram.

Larry said...

Terrific photos! I wish birds would pose like that for me.-It looks like a fun place to visit.

Dave Coulter said...

I like that giraffe!

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry; It's a great place to visit with a camera, that's for sure! "Up close & personal" with quite a few non-threatening animals. They also give private tours (you get a whole lot more input & access for only a little bit more money.)

Dave; He was being a bit shy, but couldn't fight the sound of the shaking of so many feed cups. *L*

Natural Woman said...

I love these photos and the cropping on them is great. I love taking pictures of animals, I go to the zoo once or twice a year.

Lana Gramlich said...

NW; I'm always torn about zoos, but this place allowed their animals free reign of the bulk of their acreage with the added bonus that many of the animals would come right up to the tram for food. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up, certainly!

Mahbabysprincess said...

Lana, I just came across your page. I love it!!! I actually work at global wildlife center and saw your pictures on here. They look like they came out great! I am so glad you had an amazing time out there, these comments are what make us excited to come to work everyday and share facts with others. About our most endangered species you were talking about, those are Scimitar horned oryx. They are actually out of their pen right now. Usually we just keep them in there during the winter time to control how much food they get. Anyway I glad you had such an amazing time and look forward to ya'll coming to visit again soon!

Lana Gramlich said...

Mahbabysprincess; Thanks for stopping by my blog & taking time to leave your kind comments! That's what keeps me blogging. ;) I love the work you're doing with the oryx. It was sad to realize how few of them are left. Keep up the great work! I have a friend coming down from Canada soon, so perhaps another trip is forthcoming.

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