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“Surprising gem tucked away on the northern coast”
Review of B Bryan Preserve

B Bryan Preserve
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Owner description: B Bryan Preserve is committed to the breeding and preservation of African hoof stock. Located on 110 acres, the preserve features upscale lodging along with tours by reservation. Critically endangered Rothschild Giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra along with Kudu, Roan and Sable antelope are thriving in large open fields.Make us your base for discovering the Mendocino coast. The small town of Point Arena has a working pier on one end and a historic lighthouse on the other with African Hoof Stock in the middle.
Orangevale, California
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68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Surprising gem tucked away on the northern coast”
Reviewed 20 July 2010

My husband & I made reservations to visit the preserve on Sunday, July 18th. I wasn't sure what to expect.
We followed the directions to the preserve, not quite sure if we were in the right place. We were afraid we had entered private property, since they do not post a sign out front, nor give an address in the driving instructions. But as we entered the driveway, we hoped it was the right place, because the historic home in front of us was beautiful & we wanted to see more!
We followed the drive to the barn at the back as instructed. What a beautiful place! There was an old barn, complete with fluffy, well fed chickens, and a profusion of flowers everywhere. We were greated by Judy, one of the proprietors. She was fun to meet & made us feel at ease right away. She gave us the story on their preserve, how they got started, and what types of animals they have.
We then went around back & got to see a few Hartmann's Mountain zebra up close & personal. No, you can't touch them, they're wild! But they were tremendously beautiful. Judy contined to tell us stories & facts about the animals as we went along. We also met her husband Frank, who was feeding the animals at the time.
Then we climbed into an old Land Rover, complete with bench seats in the rear & open sides for viewing. Felt like we were heading out on safari!
Judy drove us out to the areas where each of the different speicies are kept and continued educating us about the different animals. She tossed apples to them as we went along. There were plenty of opportunities for pictures.
We really enjoyed the tour. It's something we would love for our children to see & learn about. It was amazing & yet sad to stand in front of a small herd of Grevy's zebra, knowing they were some of the final 1800 left on earth.
I would recommend this to all! It was great 7 we would do it again.

1 Thank ItsMommaG
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NorthernCACoastlady, Owner at B Bryan Preserve, responded to this review, 31 July 2010
I am so pleased you enjoyed your tour and want to thank you for the great description of the tour that will help others understand what they are going to encounter on the tour. We hope to see you again.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A very unique experience”
Reviewed 18 June 2009

My wife and I stayed for a weekend in the carriage house on the B. Bryan Preserve as guest of Frank and Judy Mello who own and manage the preserve and it was a truly wonderful experience. The preserve currently has over 70 African hooved animals of multiple species of zebra and antelope, one of which is severey endangered with less than 2000 total living in the wild.

During your stay, Frank and Judy will take you on a tour of the ranch to see the animals during feeding time. This is an opportunity to see these beautiful, strong and powerful creatures up close. And if you stretch your imagination if sort of feels like you are on an African safari. A special bonus was the local artist designed and crafted ceramic tile gift given to us by the Mellos to commemorate our stay at the preserve.

We highly recommend a stay at the B. Bryan Preserve and at the very least call Frank or Judy and arrange for a tour.

2 Thank djv24
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san francisco
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Zebras and Antelopes”
Reviewed 24 March 2009

What a beautiful and interesting way to spend part of an afternoon. The tour is wonderful! We got to learn all about the animals, and see the baby animals. The Preserve has some of the most endangered Zebras in the world. They are breeding them to help increase the population. I love the place!!!!

1 Thank mskih
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Northern California
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29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Dinner with the Animals”
Reviewed 19 February 2009

It is pretty unique when you get a private tour of a 100 acre wildlife preserve. I guess a weekday outing is kind of nice. My wife and I spent an hour and a half with Frank and Judy on their special piece of heaven as they fed their hoof stock.

The animals are beautiful and WILD. They are in a large and open setting so they are acting naturally. It was very educational and exciting. There are quite a few babies on the way so the next few months should be even more interesting.

Be aware that they are working on some new visitor lodging that should open in early Summer of '09. It will add to the potential experience as you stay surrounded by wild animals.

Coming later is giraffes . . . stay tuned.
We will be back to visit again.

3 Thank stodgman
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sausalito, ca
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Fascinating Experience”
Reviewed 11 September 2008

Boy, did we have a great and educational time at B. Bryan Preserve! We picked up a flyer at the Gualala nursery, and called the day before for reservations. We were a group of five. The total tour group was 13. Frank and Judy Mello divided us between 2 vehicles, and drove us to the corrals to see the various antelopes and zebras. The tour is at feeding time to get the maximum look at the animals. We learned all kinds of information about their survival in the wild, their habits and behaviors. They had extremely varied personalities, and some of their antics were quite humerous. Frank and Judy have named each one of them, and the animals definitely know their names. The corrals are gigantic, so the animals have much space to roam. This is a wonderful destination, and we will go back as they add more varieties of hoof stock over the next couple of years. Make sure to bring some warm layers of clothing - the wind off the ocean can be quite chilly. Three cheers for B. Bryan Preserve!

3 Thank loves2cook
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