The ranch is owned by a married couple who had been all over the world working with animals. The man who runs the ranch has worked in zoos all over the country and the world. They've even been to Africa and have seen animals in the wild! They were so incredibly knowledgeable and I learned a lot from just the 2 hours that we were there.
There were four giraffes that were out when we stopped to feed them. Only two of them came over to munch some cabbage and leaves. One was the baby, and the other I think was the father. We didn't see her in person, but there was a newborn giraffe who had been born just 20 minutes before we arrived and they had the live feed from their cameras on the screen for us to watch in their little gift shop. She was the cutest! She was trying to walk and was all wobbly and she would kneel on the ground and then try to get up, but she couldn't quite get the hang of it yet. I wish we could've seen the newborn in person! I also wish we could pet them, but we were advised not to because they don't like it.
The giraffes are so strong when they pull the leaves from the branches. You have to really hold onto the branch so that they don't pull it out of your hands. The daddy giraffe gummed my finger when he was eating the cabbage out of my hand. It hurt a little, but it wasn't like a bite or anything. They are so pretty and graceful when they walk, and I love the way they stand when they need to bend down to get to the ground.
They have a ton of other animals in addition to the giraffes. They have a couple of rhinos (which you can also feed) and a bunch of camels. They have lynxes, servals, warthogs, cows, zebra, and the cutest little tiny fennec foxes! They remind me of the Pokemon named Eevee (one of my favorite evolutions). The guy even has one as a pet in his house and it uses the litter box and everything. It's all really amazing. They also have a lot of different monkeys and they have chickens and donkeys.
The guy told us a story about this hybrid breed that they have one of called a zedonk. It is part zebra and part donkey/mule. The mule had a mate, but he was really just infatuated with this one lady zebra so he turned his back on his mate and pursued the lady zebra for four years until finally he got her in a ditch and seduced her, I suppose. The zebra got pregnant and gave birth to this zedonk, which is sort of grey in color but has striped legs.
It was pretty chilly the day we went and it was really windy too, so I was kinda cold the whole time. It definitely beats the winter temperatures at home, though. Of course, I had to wear my giraffe shirt for the occasion. :) I need to remember to pack tights with me when I come here because although it's warm, sometimes it does get cold enough to need something on your legs.
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