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.
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