Wild Life Safari
My visit to the wildlife safari at Winston confirmed the seriousness with which they implement their mission of saving rare and endangered species. It was started as Frank Hart’s vision who wanted to create a facility of this kind in the Pacific Northwest. This non-profit facility was dedicated to education, conservation and research of wildlife. Plus, it was also AZA-accredited.
They had dedicated their team of professionals for the betterment of the zoo animals. According to them, it was important for people like us to know more about the animals around the world, specially the endangered species. This, they thought would make us aware of the dangers that these animals face. Creating awareness and empathy for these animals was definitely the starting point in the process of saving them.
As further proof of its commitment to the mission, the park had created the C.O.R.E.S. (Conservation of Rare and Endangered Species) program.
True to their words, this safari began breeding cheetahs in 1972. They were successful in produced a litter the next year. 163 cheetahs were born in the park since then. This made the zoo, one of the top breeders of cheetahs in the U.S. They were concerned about the significant drop in the number of cubs born in the U.S. during the 1990s. They had quickly realized that if American zoos were to maintain a sustainable population of cheetahs, they had to develop successful breeding methods. Therefore, they had partnered with the American Zoo and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan for cheetahs. Cubs born in this park populated zoos across the U.S. These amazing wild cats in zoos allowed them to educate us and conduct research that further helped the endangered cheetah both in captivity and the wild.
One of their mission’s was also to educate visitors through recreation. The process of recreation involved daily animal shows, feeding programs, animals encounters and follow the ranger programs. The animal shows included a hilarious effort on the elephant’s part to clean our cars. This had also helped the zoo project itself as a place to take families for adventure.
The park was an out of the world experience for all visitors, not just because of their variety of wild animals but also as an education tour for all those who were interested. The staff and the authorities were keen to engage us in their routine processes. This surely enlightened us about the feeding, grooming and natural habits of these animals. We learnt unique facts about them which we could have only known through personalized interaction.
Overall, it was an experience worth remembering. I wish I could spend more time with those animals; looking at them eat, sleep, play, show affection or get upset. They had sensed my interest in contributing to the welfare of the animals. Their authorities informed us about the donation and volunteering programs that they offered in the zoo. Since I had to get back to my world, I decided to make a significant monetary contribution for the welfare of the animals. I am sure, my contribution and other such contributions made to the zoo at regular intervals had helped them to create better living facilities for those animals.