12/5 - A Sunday without parallel.
Do I have to get up?
This morning we gathered with three other families to visit the Safari Park several miles away. It is so much better than the zoo.
The pictures below are from a drive through portion of the park.
Leaving the tram we were treated to the sight of mothers holding their children over trash barrels so they could relieve themselves.
Next we move through a gift shop to inside the park where other animals could be viewed. Our guide said if you go along this main route you can see these animals and we can meet back here in 3.5 hours. While in that general vicinity we decided to have something to drink first. Just ordering coke, sprite and tea was an experience in itself. These treats cost about 80 cents each, much better than most places.
Moving out from there we saw a baby nursery
and chimpanzees in boxed window sets on the right side of the path, until we came to where the giraffes were. There we had the opportunity to feed them - and that was a treat.
After a few minutes there we moved on down through the park until we came to the elephants. At first there was a small baby elephant off by itself that we could go and the children could touch. The handler came over to the side where we were and got some bread out of a sack and gave some to Ellen who then gave pieces to the children. They had quite a time with the little elephant.
Next to this were some parrots on a higher level sitting on a long limb having something to eat. Star and Tian went to look at them and after a while Yu-Hsuan came to join them.
Moving on we came to what was described as - elephant show. Climbing a rather steep path brought us to the top edge of a large stadium like structure where nearly 1000 people sat watching elephants perform. There was a railing along the back with walk space behind it. Behind the railing people were standing 6 deep in places trying to crane their necks to see the show. With some maneuvering I got the children close enough to see when I picked up Yu-Hsuan to see. What I saw of the show was very good.
At near end of day, the lake again.