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4 reasons to give Wild Animal gift cards

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here and that means lots of great food, beautiful decor and just a bit of stress as you search for gifts for everyone on your list. The good news is that you have a bit of time between you and Christmas, and you don’t have to search too hard for the perfect gift! This year, why not give the gift of a visit to Wild Animal Safari!

Read on to learn the top four reasons you should give a safari gift this year:

 

Works for all ages: Buying family gifts can be a good way to manage your holiday budget, but shopping for people of different ages can be hard. There also aren’t many places that work for everybody in the family, regardless of age. Fortunately, that’s not a problem with Wild Animal Safari! Everyone loves animals and they can see a large range of them during every visit, from big cats, monkeys, bison, reptiles and much more. Also, you can drive, walk or ride through, so  there is an easy method for everyone to tour the park.

 

Affordable family outing: Trips with the family can add up quickly. That can limit the number of outings you make, and the number of memories you make! Giving the gift of a season pass or pack of tickets takes away the cost factor, allowing your loved ones to simply enjoy themselves. And in reality, a single pass or pack of tickets is an inexpensive family gift when compared to buying individual gifts for everyone.

 

Educational and fun: Do you need to buy gifts for families with children? Parents often struggle to find things to do with their family, especially during winter and summer break. It helps if the activity is engaging and fun. If it is also educational, that’s a big bonus. A trip to our park fits the bill, providing a chance to learn about exotic animals in the most fun way possible. To learn even more, you can take a guided tour and get a lot more insight into the park and the animals.

 

Animals from around the world: Where can you go to see monkeys, ligers, reptiles, tarantulas and other exotic animals?  A single visit to our park puts a world of animals at your feet. This gives the entire family a unique opportunity to get up close to animals they may never be able to see again, except on their next visit!

 

In reality, these are only a few of the many reasons everyone on your Christmas list would love to have a safari in their future. But the animals would love it as well, because your support allows us to continue to do the world we do, which benefits all of our animal friends!


From season passes to gift cards, you can give the gift of adventure to everyone on your list! Learn more about ticket and season pass options here, or just start crossing names off your list by buying some today!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Arctic Wolf

Sure, wintertime brings us the holidays and snowmen, but apart from that most people do their best to escape the cold. Some animals, however, spend most of their lives where it’s winter nearly all year long. The Arctic Wolf, also called the white or polar wolf, lives in areas where the ground is permanently frozen in the Arctic tundra.

 

The Arctic Wolf lives and thrives under some of the most harsh conditions on the planet. Today we are going to learn about this amazing animal.

 

  1. Many wolves dig into the ground to sleep and escape the elements a bit, but the frozen ground makes that impossible for the Arctic Wolf. So they typically live in caves or under rocky outcrops for shelter.

  2. They have two distinct thick layers of fur to insulate them from the extreme cold.The outside layer gets thicker for winter to provide added protection as winter comes. The inside layer covers the skin closely and acts like a waterproof barrier to keep their skin dry and warmer.

  3. The Arctic Wolf has physically adapted to surviving harsh weather in several ways, like having small ears. Having smaller ears prevents excess heat loss through the thin skin of their ears, helping them stay warmer.

  4. They have paws that are densely padded, which not only offers protection from the cold, but improves their grip on icy, frozen surfaces. Their paws also have dense fur between the toes to keep them warmer as they walk through the snow. 
  5. Food can be quite scarce, especially during the dead of winter. So they can eat up to 20 pounds of meat in a single setting. This allows them to eat as much as possible when it’s available, since they never know when they’ll get a chance to eat again.

  6. Because they live in the Arctic Circle, they not only live in extreme cold, but in darkness for months on end! This is because they make their home in areas where the tilt of the earth creates extreme seasons where the sun doesn’t fully rise during the winter.

  7. While they can live alone, it is more common for them to live and hunt in small packs. This helps them more effectively hunt prey, and offers them some protection from the environment.

  8. They communicate through vocalizations as well as body movement and the positioning of their tails. They have a hierarchy in their packs with a leader and less dominate members that help with hunting and protecting kills.

 

As you can tell, the Arctic Wolf is a dynamic animal that is well adapted to the harsh environment it calls home. You never know, you might get to see one of these magnificent fellows for self on your next visit!

Ready to visit the park? Find everything you need to plan your trip here

Wild Animal Safari- Fall Festival!

Wild Animal Safari- Strafford, MO, Wild Animal Safari- Pine Mountain, GA, and Aggieland Safari in Bryan, TX, had their annual Fall Festivals this last weekend! The turnout was fantastic, with families visiting the park for the multiple seasonal activities and the animals, of course!

 

Wild Animal Safari- Strafford,

had some great activities for everyone who visited the park. They offered corn hole, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a pumpkin slingshot, and even a bounce house for kids who came to the park! To top it off they had free candy for everyone and fall treats that were available for purchase. They also hosted a “Cat Attack”, where their white tiger Draco, destroyed a giant paper mache Frankenstein! Including the Fall Festival, this was also Wild Animal Safari- Strafford’s first year hosting a corn maze and pumpkin patch. The corn maze was made so that from above you could see a perfect tiger face in the center of the maze!

 

 

 

Wild Animal Safari- Pine Mountain,

also had some great experiences and activities for everyone who visited the park. They offered carnival games, pumpkin decorating, face painting, pumpkin bowling, and even a bounce house for kids who came to the park! To top it off they had free candy for everyone and fall treats that were available for purchase. Families and friends got to enjoy Dippin’ Dots, pretzels, popcorn, and cotton candy! They also had live animals like a snake, a hedgehog, and more for everyone to see up close, and even pet. Kids dressed in a Halloween costume were also offered a free cup of animal feed.

 

 

Aggieland Safari- Bryan, Texas,

also had some great experiences and activities for everyone who visited the park. They offered pumpkin bowling, zookeeper chats, free candy and an awesome discount for kids who visited the park! Any kid dressed in a Halloween costume were able to receive a $5 discount on their admission to the park! They also held Zookeeper chats on Halloween weekend which is very special to Aggieland Safari. The Zookeeper chats take place when a keeper at the park chooses a specific animal to speak about, and tells fun facts and all of the information they know about the animal! See some great photos below of Aggieland Safari’s Fall Festival.

 

Lizards, Iguana, Geckos…oh my!

Lizards, iguanas, and geckos are pretty amazing guys, but they are also fairly misunderstood. For instance, do you know how they are alike and how they’re different? Could you tell them apart if you saw them side by side?

These fellows are pretty popular among visitors, especially kids! So, today we’re going to look at some of the things that make them so interesting and unique.

Lizards

Lizards are found all over the world and there are over 4,500 different species! This makes them the most diverse fellows when compared to iguana and geckos. One thing that makes lizards unique is the diversity among the species itself. For instance, there are lizards that have eggs and others that live young! Some lizards have four legs, but there are also legless species! They live in nearly every type of climate and terrain, as well, which accounts for the extreme diversity among them. One thing that does seem to be common among lizards is that they tend to have smaller heads, long bodies, and long tails.

Iguana

There are only around 30 different species of iguana, which is a drastic difference when compared to lizards. As you can guess, with fewer species, there is less variety among iguanas. They live around southern Asia, Australia, North and South America, and the islands of the West Pacific. They are mostly nocturnal and have thick scaly skin with sharp teeth and nails. They also lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. And while lizards and geckos tend to be smaller, Iguanas can reach nearly 6 feet long, including their long tails.

Gecko

There are around 1000 different species of gecko, so they are more diverse than iguana but less than lizards. They can be found in quite different climates and terrains including the southern US and the Caribbean to France, North Africa, and throughout Asia. Geckos lay eggs to have young. They also have soft, smooth skin with short and stout bodies, large heads, and thin tails. They have pads on their toes that adhere to surfaces so they can easily climb even smooth surfaces, like glass! Geckos don’t get that big, typically only reaching about 6 inches in length.

As you can see, lizards, iguanas, and geckos are diverse and interesting guys. The next time you visit, take a closer look and see if you can recognize some of the things that make them similar and different.

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How animals stay cool in the summer

Ostrich

Staying cool in the summer is easy for us, all we have to do is turn up the AC, stay inside or take a swim. For animals though, things are a lot different. Other than finding shade and resting during the hottest part of the day, some animals have developed interesting ways to beat the heat.

Today we’re going to talk about some of the various ways animals survive in the heat, no matter how hot it might get.

Camels

If you were to ask which animal is most able to handle the heat, you’d probably say it’s the camel. There is no doubt, camels are built for high temperatures. They live and thrive in climates that are hot and arid with few natural resources. So how do they do it? Sometimes people think the secret is water in the camel’s humps, but this isn’t the case. Camel humps store fatty tissues that give them sustenance when there is little food to go around. The humps also help regulate body temperatures. And perhaps the most unusual adaptation is their blood cells. These have a unique shape that helps them retain water and drastically reduces the effects of dehydration.

Sheep

Sheep often live in areas that experience multiple seasons, so they have to deal with both cold and heat. As a result of this, sheep are fairly resilient when it comes to temperature. During the hottest part of the year, sheep naturally slow down and seek out shade. They also start eating more greenery, especially if there is limited water around. This is because the greens help them stay hydrated even if they can’t find freshwater. Sheep are often sheared before the hottest part of the year, which also helps them regular their body temperature. This isn’t a natural adaptation but a part of domestication that helps them stay comfortable.

Elk

There are many types of elk living throughout the United States and in Canada. They tend to live in woodlands and mixed habitats like in national parks. During the warmest seasons of the year, Elk naturally reduce their activity during the day and become more active at twilight. You may notice that Elk become stationary during the heat and spend most of the day standing in the shade. They also seek out water so they can cool off during the hottest part of the day. Like other animals, they get more hydration from increasing their intake of green vegetation.

Ostrich

Ostriches are unique-looking animals, so it’s not surprising that one of the most unique ways of keeping cool belongs to them! Most of their bodies are not covered in feathers, which gives them a bit of a patchwork appearance. To cool off, they spread out their wings to expose their belly and sides, which have no feathers. They sometimes prance or strut in this position as well, to further increase air circulation. This effectively reduces their body temperatures and helps them beat the heat.

Tortoise

Tortoises are cold-blooded animals so they actually need warmth from the environment around them to maintain their body temperature. You will see them basking in the sun to get the heat they need, much like lizards. Just because they are cold-blooded doesn’t mean they can’t get too hot though! When they need to cool off, they seek shade, often under vegetation. Some species will dig a hole or seek out water in order to more dramatically escape the heat.

Animals have adapted to live in extreme climates around the world, all without the use of technology. Some of their methods are clever and innovative, while others are effective evolutionary adaptations. No matter how they do it though, animals get a lot of credit for beating the heat without one of our favorite inventions, the AC!

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What’s a Liger?

It’s a lion, it’s a tiger, it’s a …..liger? Some people are really surprised to find out that ligers are real and you can actually see one on your next visit to the park. Before you arrive, you might be interested in learning more about these fascinating animals.

Ligers are hybrids

A hybrid is an animal that has parents of different species, but the same genus. In this case, ligers are the hybrid offspring of a male lion and a female tiger. Ligers can be larger than either of their parents, making them even more impressive to see in person.

Ligers don’t live in the wild

Ligers only exist in captivity, like our parks, zoos, and sanctuaries. This is because, in the wild, these species simply do not share the same habitat. This means they don’t really have an opportunity to mate outside of captivity.

Ligers are big

Many hybrids are larger than either of the parent species, and that is true of most ligers. Ligers can reach over 1,000 pounds and are heavily muscular. They can reach around 4 and a half feet at the shoulders.

Ligers are fast

Ligers are large cats with dense muscles, but that doesn’t mean they are slow! They can quickly launch themselves from resting to a run that’s been clocked at around 50 miles per hour. They cannot sustain that speed for long, but it is an impressive feat nonetheless!

Ligers can have stripes

Hybrids are unpredictable in some ways, including in the size and coloration of the offspring. Ligers are no different, sometimes having tiger stripes along with lion manes. These stripes can be faint or quite pronounced.

Ligers can roar

In most cases, ligers take after their lion parent more than their tiger parent. An example of this is the liger’s roar, which typically sounds more like a lion. But remember, hybrids are unpredictable, so there are some ligers that sound more tiger-like.

Ligers grow fast

After birth, a liger puts on weight quickly. Over the course of their first year of life, they often gain around 300 pounds! They put on weight at a similar pace until after they are around 3 years old. They also gain height just as quickly, reaching their full-grown adult size in just about three years.

Lastly, ligers tend to enjoy the water and are more social than some big cats. So when you come to visit the park, stop by to see our liger and say hello!

 

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About New Guinea Singing Dogs

Everyone has heard dogs bark. If you have a dog, you may have even heard a variety of vocalizations that range from sounding like human speech to whining and even crying. The various sounds dogs can make is pretty astonishing, but you haven’t heard anything quite like the New Guinea Singing Dog!

New Guinea Singing Dogs are rare animals that come from the forested highlands of the island of New Guinea. Sometimes simply called “singing dogs” these guys are truly unique and as you might have guessed, they sing. Today we’re going to learn all about the amazing singing dog, which you can visit on your next trip to the park.

  1. At first glance, New Guinea Singing Dogs might seem very similar to the dogs in your neighborhood, but in reality, they have wider cheekbones, narrow muzzles, and ears shaped like petals. This gives them a distinctive look for a canine.
  2. Singing dogs have to hunt in steep areas covered by trees, which has given them extremely flexible spines and joints. They are actually kind of catlike in some ways, and they can even jump and climb trees! These are all adaptations that allow them to thrive in the steep, heavily forested lands.
  3. Singing dogs are quite territorial in the wild, but because they are rare and live in areas that are hard to get to, a lot isn’t known about their behaviors regarding hunting. It is believed that they hunt alone and we know they prey on smaller mammals, like small reptiles and birds.
  4. Singing dogs have litters of up to 4 pups at a time. Both parents participate in raising and protecting the pups, which is necessary to keep them safe from predators. Like other canines, playing and living in family units teaches the pups socialization and hunting skills.
  5. Singing dogs do more than bark and howl, they use a large range of unique vocalizations to communicate with each other. They have a variety of pitches and sounds that can be described as singing, screaming, yelling, and whining. When one group starts to sing, others will join in, adding their own distinct voices to the mix.

The New Guinea Singing Dog was only discovered in the ’50s, and there has been a lot of debate over the true nature of the animal. For some time it was thought they were simply feral dogs that were once domesticated, but there is a fossil record to show that the species is quite old. No matter how they came to be, however, the singing dog is a true treasure that you’ll want to try and see on your next visit to the park.

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It’s Season Pass Time!

If saving money and spending more time with your family were on your list of resolutions, you’ll definitely want to get a season pass! Not only is our season pass a great value, it is the easiest and most affordable way to enjoy the park with your family throughout the year.

Now is the time to buy your season pass to maximize the value, giving you time to plan multiple trips throughout the year. But, if you’re still on the fence, we have four reasons why now is the best time to leap with a season pass to Wild Animal Safari.

1. Amazing experiences for all ages: It can be hard to find activities for every member of the family. If you have kids of varying ages and abilities, this can be even more of a challenge. Our animal park, however, is the exception. Everyone can enjoy a trip through the park, from the youngest to the oldest member of your family. And since there are drive-thru and walk-through areas, everyone can view the animals in a way that works best for them. You can even let someone else do the driving by taking a tour.

2. Truly affordable family outing: Every dollar counts, especially right now. This makes a season pass even more valuable. In fact, when you compare your season pass against the cost of other family experiences, you’ll see exactly how affordable it is. A season pass quickly pays for itself in just a couple of visits. And the sooner in the year you buy it, the more value it brings to you.

3. Fun and educational trips all year long: Spring break, summer break, and long weekends…it can be difficult to find things that are both fun and educational. Our park is the exception because a single trip will give your children access to exotic animals from around the globe. They can learn all about the species they see, the parts of the world they come from and the work it takes to care for animals. You can even enhance the learning experience by taking a guided tour with our knowledgeable guides.

4. Exotic, amazing, and cute animals: Featuring 65 different species, just one trip through is a personal safari that gives you many opportunities to create lifelong memories. You will be able to see animals you have only read about online as well as some beloved favorites like giraffes, tigers, lemurs, and exotic birds. This gives your entire family a unique opportunity to appreciate wild and exotic animals without a passport.

As you can see, a season pass is a passport for adventure that you can take advantage of all year long.

Learn more about the park, the animals, and buy your season pass today!

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Four Easy Ways To Keep Kids Busy During Holiday Break

Holiday breaks are a great time to unwind and enjoy some home time, but keeping kids entertained during the downtime can be a real challenge. If you’re like many parents, you’re always on the lookout for some fun, educational and engaging ways for your kids to pass the time. The following animal-themed activities can help kids stay busy, learn a bit about nature, and maybe give you some quiet time as well!

Take a virtual safari

A lot of zoos around the world have live animal cameras. These give you a great opportunity to get up close to some amazing animals, from lions and aquatic life to bald eagles and pandas. Just remember, there is never a guarantee that you’ll see anything exciting on a live cam, so have a few loaded up and check them regularly to find something fun to watch.

Here are a few links to get you started on your virtual safari:

Smithsonian National Zoo

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Channel Islands National Park Bald Eagle Cam

Antarctica Penguin Cam

UK Paignton Zoo

Bali Elephant Trail Cam

Make an animal book

For kids that enjoy coloring, you can have a lot of fun that only requires a printer and some crayons. But you don’t have to just print out boring coloring pages, your kids can turn their art into animal-themed books. Use the following sites for animal color pages and turn them into funny stories and themed books. For example, you could create a farm animal, geography-based, or exotic animal-themed book. If your child enjoys storytelling, they can also turn their pictures into a creative story.

Crayola animal themed coloring pages

Coloring.com animal coloring pages
Coloring Home animal coloring pages

Top Coloring animal themed pages

Get crafty

Kids of all ages love crafts, but it’s also a great way to keep kids busy without computers and screens. You can use the following links to find age-appropriate craft ideas for your kids. Many of them are simple and require things you already have on hand, or can easily get at any department store.

Easy Peasy animal crafts

The Spruce animal crafts

Mom Junction easy animal crafts
Arty Crafty kids

Movie night

There are many fun, family-friendly animal movies that the whole family will love. Pop some popcorn, make some cocoa and enjoy an afternoon or evening full of animal antics. Just be sure to select movies that match your kid’s attention and maturity level. Here are a few ideas to help narrow down your search, and many of these can be found on streaming services.

Charlotte’s Web (2006)

Duma (2005)

The Jungle Book (2016)

Over the Hedge (2006)

Animal Crackers (2017)

Dumbo (2019)

WonderPark(2019)

Peter Rabbit (2018)

And last but not least, you can also pack up the family and bring them over for a fun trip to Wild Animal Safari. You can drive or walk through our park and see amazing animals from all around the world. You can get tickets online and receive an advance purchase discount.

 

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