1 We had a most wonderful visit to Lion Country Safari, a wildlife park situated 16 miles due west of Palm Beach. Our hostess had called ahead, found out all the rules and regulations and arranged for us to have a guided tour of the Park beginning at 9:30 AM. We were all ready and happy.
2 Our guide for the drive through the park was the highly knowledgeable and very friendly and patient Terry Wolf. He has worked at the park since the late sixties.
3 Rhonda Beitman joined us for the walking portion of the tour. She knows all of the animals and was friendly to all.
4 I posed for lots of photos with other visitors and staff members.
5 We all loved the giant tortoises (Aldabra tortoise) who come from an island north of Madagascar. The older tortoises can have shells of longer than five feet.
6 More tortoises. They are not endangered in their native habitat and exist on a 100 percent vegetarian diet.
7 An immense alligator. We were told that they eat very little because their metabolism is so slow that it can take days to digest a meal.
8 The African porcupine, prized for its long black and white quills.
9 More African porcupines.
10 A water buffalo fresh from the pond, covered with wet duckweed.
11 The Grey Crowned Crane comes from the southeastern Africa. The species is endangered.
12 This is the only crane species that is capable of roosting in trees, due to the prehensile hind toe that allows them to grasp tree branches.
13 Truman liked the soft skin of the python snakes.
14 A lizard used for educational purposes. Jude petted it gingerly.
15 On the walking tour, the kids were allowed to touch lizards, pythons, and other small reptiles. It took just a tiny bit of coaxing, but they were not frightened.
16 The gang of flamingos loved Alexis and Jude's long blond locks and nuzzled and pecked in friendly fashion.
17 White egrets and flamingo occupy the same big lake in the park.
18 They are very interesting to study.
19 Flamingos are friendly and gregarious.
20 Flamingos eat crill mixed in water. The crill are like small pink shrimp which help maintain the bright pink colors of the feathers.
21 There are many monkeys and chimpanzees in the park. They all stay very busy. These are spider monkeys.
22 Here is the identification about the Sarus Crane.
23 Each specie is well identified with big legible signs.
24 The zebra comes from East Africa. These are Grant's zebras.
25 We were permitted to feed the giraffes. They adore branches with lots of green leaves.
26 The giraffe in the park are examples of the world's tallest land mammal. They can get as tall as 17 feet. There were several babies born in the park this year, many for other parks.
27 Most of the rhinos were milling about looking for something to eat or to do.
28 We all loved the southern white rhinoceros. These animals can weigh up to 5000 pounds. They live up to 40 years. They are reasonably docile.
29 The ostrich in the park were very friendly. The ostrich is the world's largest living bird, some reaching 8 feet in height. One ostrich egg is the equivalent of 24 chicken eggs.
30 The herd of Greater Kudu is very impressive. Hailing from eastern and southern Africa, kudu weigh up to 690 pounds. Horns grow to about four feet in length.
31 There was a large herd of Asiatic water buffalo at the park. They occupy the shallow ponds and act in a very domesticated fashion.
32 This is a beautiful Blackbuck. It comes from India where it is hunted. It belongs to one of the smallest antelope families.
33 This is a Nilgai or Asian antelope, the largest of its kind. Females lack horns, and are brownish in color. Males are called blue bulls because they have a slate grey color.
34 A young lioness taking a sip of water.
35 The children wanted to know where the lions were going when they were not sleeping under trees or on platforms.
36 Another stately female.
37 There were quite a few beautiful lions at Safari Land. We were able to drive in the compound and got up very close to these magnificent creatures.
38 The male lion, weighing up to 500 pounds, lives in a family group called a pride. The males protect the pride and defend the pride's territory.
39 A beautiful female lion. She is the hunter of the family and can give birth to one to six cubs at a time.
40 The Kulan comes from Mongolia. This animal can run very fast, faster than their relative, the horse. This is an endangered species.