Into The Wilds
Also providing refuge to hundreds of indigenous species, the pandora online jewelry Wilds boasts a mission pandora jewelery of advancing "conservation through science, education and personal experience."
It's the latter my two teenage sons and I can attest to as guests of the wonderful Wilds on a road trip earlier this month.
"Flight seeing" provides our first glimpse of the expansive property and wildlife, as we soar along 10 scenic ziplines built on a series of viewing platforms.
Newbie zippers, we and four other adventurers soon get the hang of the exhilarating sport, aided by fun and knowledgeable guides Anna and Ian.
They keep us informed of the conservation efforts below, safely harnessed to the lines, and in stitches of laughter.
Tarzan and Jane couldn't have shown us a better time on this 2.5 hour eco tour. ($84 per person.) Next up, The Wilds guide Courtney Cordray gives us the ride of our lives, rubbing shoulders with Grevy's Zebras, Persian Onagers (sub species of wild ass) and Bactrian Camels from the back of a pickup truck on claires jewelry an intimate Wildside Tour.
"Hey rhino!" Cordray calls out repeatedly to a Greater One Horned Asian Rhino and her daughter enjoying a dip in a nearby pond. Several minutes later, Sanya and Tenzing lumber over to eat an apple from Cordray's hand and allow us to pet their tough, weathered skin. The rhinos, native to India and Nepal, are endangered and weigh between 400 and 500 pounds.
With confidence gained from earlier encounters, sons Adam and Ian are ready to take animal matters to the next level, each feeding a gorgeous giraffe a lettuce leaf with their teeth. Ahh, hard to resist these huge hearted creatures.
Though wary of domestic cats, I've always been fond of the big ones so am delighted to lock eyes with the Wilds handsome cheetahs who are also endangered. Cordray notes the "lovers' lane" corridor where males are paraded so the females can select a mating partner.
Breeding in captivity is one of cheap pandora charms online the many success stories we learn about on our 2.5 hour tour. Conservation is everywhere here including the many gates, most operated with solar power.
Julie Jack Ryan, administrative assistant at The Wilds, explains the centre's broader mission as an innovative leader in conservation with an international reputation.
The private, non profit centre operates numerous conservation projects on the property as well as liaising and advising research efforts in countries such as China, Mongolia and West Africa.
A variety of educational programs including summer camps for children are on the go as well as the daily tours.
The Wilds offers a range of tours May to September, the most expensive being the Wildside Tour at $125 per person. The Horseback Safari is $30.
A variety of accommodation and dining is also available at The Wilds.
The large dining room and deck offers a sweeping view of the pastures.
The Nomad Ridge fine dining menu, included in overnight yurt packages, easily indulges guests. Our vegetarian enjoyed roasted baby eggplant while myself and the other teen happily devoured grilled steak in maple chipotle glaze.
The curious Nomad Ridge yurts, built in the Mongolian tented style, were off limits to us with a 21 years and older restriction, but a New York couple enthused about their overnight stay. (A later tour confirmed the charm of the unique luxury "rooms.") Woodland Yurts at $325 per night, and the Grand Yurt at $425 (both for two people including breakfast, dinner and safari tour) have the added bonus of a huge secluded deck and firepit.
Speaking of seclusion, our night at The Wilds was memorable too.
We three shared a large 12 bedroom, 12 bathroom lodge within the Wilds, but about a 15 minute drive from the main area.
Everything to ourselves lovely lounge with fireplace, dining area, screened porch, dock, boats, lake, horseshoes, deer in the driveway, quiet and deep, dark woods!
Get a group together family, friends or company seminar and it's hard to imagine a more ideal place to kick back, especially with the added bonus of the Wilds experience.
The lodge is available yearround at rates ranging from $590 per night during off season to $1,970. Wilds membership is required to book.
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