5 REA­SONS TO VISIT SA­FARI WILDER­NESS RANCH WITH CHIL­DREN

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1 AMAZ­ING LEARN­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE

In ad­di­tion to what I learned, my 5-year-old son was soak­ing up all kinds of new info and my daugh­ter was in a con­stant 3-year-old state of sur­prise. The tour guide gave tons of in­ter­est­ing facts about the an­i­mals—from their per­son­al­i­ties to their eat­ing habits and life­styles in the wild.

2 UNIQUE FAM­ILY BOND­ING

It’s not ev­ery day you learn new things the same time your child does. Shar­ing such mo­ments and see­ing things for the first time to­gether cre­ates a unique bond. Funny sto­ries about the an­i­mals will make for in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions for years to come. (“Re­mem­ber that time the water buf­falo snorted all over Mom?!”)

3 WORLD IS SO VERY BIG

It’s so im­por­tant to open chil­dren’s eyes to the vast world we live in. Yes, see­ing an­i­mals from afar teaches about new crea­tures, but there’s some­thing spe­cial about up-close en­coun­ters. Touch­ing an­i­mals, wit­ness­ing their per­son­al­i­ties and re­al­iz­ing they’re as cu­ri­ous as we are is truly a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence than look­ing at them through a glass win­dow.

4 SLOW DOWN, LIS­TEN, LOOK AROUND

The sa­fari is not a quick ex­pe­ri­ence with ex­act ex­pec­ta­tions. Wildlife is un­pre­dictable and can­not be rushed. The ride stops and par­tic­i­pants lis­ten, look around and wait for the an­i­mals. This was a very new con­cept for my son. So­ci­ety teaches chil­dren to be on a sched­ule and of­ten to rush through things. It was ob­vi­ous how much he ap­pre­ci­ated the time to be cu­ri­ous and soak it all in.

5 SPOT­TING AN­I­MALS IS MAG­I­CAL

On the tour, you ride through many pas­tures cov­er­ing the 250-plus acres, un­sure of what you’ll en­counter. When you see an­i­mals in the dis­tance and then right be­side you, it’s in­de­scrib­ably ex­cit­ing. The an­i­mals live on land sim­i­lar to their na­tive habi­tats. Ranch staff mem­bers in­ter­vene only if nec­es­sary for the an­i­mals’ sur­vival.

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