I haven’t been to Wildlife Safari in years, decades even, and Mom, Dad and I went last week with a special purpose: an elephant car wash. We drove through the park, had a close encounter with an emu (or was it an ostrich?), loved watching one giraffe wander in and out of the feeding barn and park vehicles looking for attention, and laughed at the hippo lying in the mud, not moving from one go-round to the other more than an hour later.
The rhinos were up on a hill laying down and we couldn’t see them well, and the lions had their own pens within the lion enclosure, instead of being in the open where we had to keep our windows up and the gates would open and shut to let cars in (I told you I haven’t been in decades). But we very much enjoyed watching some sort of little antelope jump a ditch to cross the road, one of them springing high all the way across. (Old Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom theme plays here.) And the yaks were tremendous: huge and wooly, but somehow placid.
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But the high point was the elephant wash. George and Tika were out that day, and the keepers have taken their painting skills and natural affinity for sucking and blowing water and trained them to use it on cars. It’s one big game for them, and this was Spring Break and the first week they’d been doing it. They love the interaction with people, and George gets even more exuberant when he hears laughter and squeals inside the car. And yes, at his first blow of water, Mom squealed! It’s guaranteed NOT to get your car clean, but it’s great fun. And I interviewed one of the keepers afterwards, so we got some background info for a Suite101 article. I’ll post a link here when I get it written. Here’s the link: Elephant Car Wash at Wildlife Safari–enjoy reading!