Thursday, July 31, 2008

#40 Lake Tobias

Yep, we did yet another day trip off this list and this time it was to Lake Tobias near Halifax. It's only a 30-minute drive to this wildlife haven that has something for all the animal lovers in your family.

I highly recommend you arrive when they open at 10:00AM and try to get on one of their first Safari Tours. Yep, I said Safari.

They put you on these cool camouflaged buses that have the tops cut off and out into the fields you go armed with cameras and crackers. We also brought along some carrots and old bread from home to feed the animals.

As soon as the buffalo, yaks, watusi, Texas Longhorn, elk, red deer, sika deer, rhea, emu, sheep and water buffalo hear your bus coming they walk run right over because they know you're going to feed them.

You may even have a friendly elk who wants to get on the bus with you!

What a smorgasbord of food they get all day long from wide-eyed safari goers who are eager to have a giant Texas Longhorn or Water Buffalo eat out of their hand.

After the 45-minute safari, head over and see the bears, tigers, lions, and ostrich who love to entertain in their natural environments. Many of the animals birthed babies this spring so there are plenty of little ones to ooh and aah over.

Then you can head to the Reptile Building or to the petting zoo that allows you to get up close and personal with llama, deer, camel, goats, sheep, lambs, alpaca, green monkeys.

In this picture you'll see what looks like a donkey on top and a zebra on the bottom. Well, you're right. They are zebdons or zebras that were bred with donkeys. And according to our punk safari guide "once a zebra mates with a donkey he'll never mate again with another zebra. I guess once you've had donkey, you never go back."

To which all the kids said, "Huh?" And all the parents said, "Oh, he's just being funny. Oh, what a funny, funny safari punk we have."

Anyway, it was a fun day and well worth the trip to the middle of nowhere. We gave it 4 Thumbs Up!


Classic MaMa said...

Oh my gosh. He actually said that? :)

Trish said...

This looks like a lot of fun; we have been saying we wanted to go there for a couple of years, but have just not done it yet.

The Gang's All Here! said...

Ha ha ha! Once, Amy S took my two boys and her two boys there when LadyBug was a newborn. And Shaggy ate the animal food that she passed out to the boys. He thought it was for them. That boy will NEVER live that one down with her two boys :)