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Snapshot Meme: All the Other Animals

Posted on: December 6, 2014

Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. The Wildlife Safari Park is one of my favorite places to visit, because I can observe animals in their natural environment. So far, I have posted photos of cranes, bears, and wolves. What follows are the rest of the best!

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First are the elk. More than seventy of them roam the 50-acre Elk Prairie. They are one of the largest species of the deer family in the world, as well one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia. Elk were first called “wapiti,” a Shawnee Indian term meaning “white rump.” Male Elk antlers can reach five feet across and five feet front to back. Each year, Elk shed their antlers to grow another pair.

After a scenic drive, we next encounter white-tailed deer. Several years ago, the deer featured in this photo tried to charge our car. Another time, the deer instead came up to my husband and licked his ear. Of recent, the deer mostly seem to keep their distance. I enjoyed seeing them playing pee-a-boo in the grass on our last visit.

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Further along are the pelican. About twenty of them inhabit the 10-acre Wetlands. Most of them are rehabilitated, non-releasable birds due to wing injuries restricting their flight. Other native wildlife, such as turtles and frogs, also inhabit the area. Pelicans are large water birds, characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing. The bills, pouches, and bare facial skin of all species become brightly colored before the breeding season. Pelicans are colonial breeders, meaning they only breed if living in large numbers.

Nearby are the eagles. The Eagle Aviary features four bald non-releasable eagles on loan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I enjoyed watching a couple of eagles who seemed amorous. Bald Eagles are native to Mexico, Canada and the United States. They can live up to 40 years in the wild and even longer in captivity. The Bald Eagle has been the symbol of the United States since 1782.

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Near the exit are bison. American Bison are the largest terrestrial and heaviest land animals in North America. Known for living in the Great Plains, Bison were hunted close to extinction during the 19th and 20th centuries, but have since recovered in population. At the Wildlife Safari Park, Bison Plains is situated on more than 40 acres of land, half of which is woodland and hills and the other, flat, open grasslands. At night, the bison herd is let off of the main pasture to an off-exhibit holding pasture. The movement helps prevent wear and tear on their daytime area. During our most recent visit, we saw an albino bison!

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The most unusual sights we’ve seen all happened on our fall visit. The walking trails boasted assorted mushroom. Turkeys were eating from bird feeders. And finally a raccoon raced across the water to eat along with flocks of birds.

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14 Responses to "Snapshot Meme: All the Other Animals"

Wonderful wildlife photos. Beautiful natural setting. Thanks for sharing them.

Great photos! Looks like a very nice wildlife park. We always enjoy visiting the bison herds in Custer State Park in South Dakota. Hope you are enjoying a nice weekend.

Sue

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Andy and I have been to Custer State Park! We enjoyed the bison herds there too. 🙂

I have been to some safari parks here but I’m sure they aren’t as big as yours in the US. Thanks for sharing.

The comments which ones have left here at the size of our American safari parks makes me better appreciate them. I have no comparison basis, not having seen ones in Canada.

The hubs and I love visiting places like that! SO neat!

Early into our relationship, my husband and I discovered that we preferred parks to museums. 🙂

Lovely photos! We went to a wildlife park last spring with out-of-town visitors and had a great time. The buffalo were especially impressive — so huge! Looks like you had a good time and saw a lot of beautiful animals.
My Saturday Snapshots are HERE.

Our local Wildlife Safari Park is an annual excursion for my husband and I. It’s also one of the places I would miss if we ever left the Midwest.

I have never been to a safari park, but on a road trip that took in Montana, way back in the day, we did see some bison. Truly impressive!

Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

One retirement fantasy is to visit all of the safari park in the United States. Hmm, I wonder how many that would be?

You do wildlife parks in a big way in America! Love the elk – they look a bit like the reindeer I saw at the garden centre earlier this week. I did put a picture on the blog, but the Snapshot is all about crochet! My Snapshot is at http://chriscross53.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/hooky-happiness.html

I’m originally from Newfoundland in Canada. There, we have lots of wildlife, but one tends to see it through boat rides. Your comment makes me curious to know what wildlife parks would be like in the rest of Canada.

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