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5/28/2010 4:32:00 PM
Take a walk on the wild side at Out of Africa
If You Go
What: Out of Africa Wildlife Park is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Christmas and Thanksgiving day

Where: 2.5 miles west of Interstate 17 off State Route 260

How much: $36 for adults, $28 for seniors, $20 for children 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

There are wild animal parks and then there is Out of Africa.

What sets the park apart from its counterparts is owners Dean and Prayeri Harrison’s carefully nurtured human/animal relationship. It is a relationship they have built by looking at the work from the animal’s point of view.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park is not a zoo or a circus but rather a place where visitors can actually encounter the kingdom of the wild. The garden-like setting of the wildlife park smacks of Africa with foliage, dirt paths, wild vegetation and palm thatched huts. While meandering through the park, visitors can hear the squawk of a macaw in the distance.

All of the habitats within the park are designed to stimulate natural behavior, an approach that respects the animal while providing visitors with a unique experience.

Tiger Splash, the park’s singularly unique display offers visitors a chance to see majestic tiger romping and splashing in water and on land with staff and colorful toys. The program gives visitors a chance to discover how instincts, intellect and feelings combine to form spontaneous, natural behavior.

Enjoy an African photo safari through the Serengeti, with one of the park’s expert guides, where you can expect an up close and personal encounter with zebras, giraffes, antelope and more.

You can take a tram or stroll on foot through the wildlife preserve, where you can take unobstructed pictures of lions, tigers, wolves, jaguars and panthers as they stroll about their spacious habitats. Or you can thrill to the antics of grizzly bears or laughing hyenas in the Wonders of Wildlife Show.

Watch the collection of colorful birds in the aviary, hold a giant anaconda or follow the staff around at feeding time as they throw 800 pounds of raw food to eagerly waiting carnivores.

Out of Africa is the best all-day family adventure in Northern Arizona.

It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information call (928) 567-2840

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