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Howdy, folks! I hope all is well with y’all. The Hubs and I have been apartment hunting like mad fools for quite some time now, and It. Is. Exhausting. And insanely frustrating. We now know that starting our search early was a good call on our part seeing as almost every landlord/owner disses on us for having a dog, and it appears that it is just apocalyptic that we have two dogs. Bow before their destruction.

Bow. Get it?

Anyhow… this past Saturday, we took a break from scouring the city for a new home and ventured into The Wilds which is a conservation center that sits on 10,000 acres in rural southeastern Ohio.

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I never heard of this place until recently, and all the husband had to say was “They have giraffes.” for me to say “Fuck yes we’re going!”.

I  me some giraffes.

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They have a variety of tours. We did the Open-Air Safari tour. Amazingly, most of the animals come up to the buses on the road, so we were able to see them up close and personal.

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Because of the closeness, I also didn’t really feel the need for one of the big, fancy-ass zoom lenses I saw a lot of “photographers” wielding, which is good because I love me some fixed focal lenses.

At one point, I was ready to bolt from my seat when an ostrich approached us.

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We already decided if we visit again, we would like to do the Wildside Tour to get up real close with the animals with the chance of petting and feeding them.

Except for maybe this guy…

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The Sichuan Takins are some crazy looking animals.

But these Persian Onagers are so cute and pretty…

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Of course, I have a soft spot in my heart for giraffes. My eyes got real wide and I squealed like a little girl when I saw one. Seeing these beautiful animals in a more natural habitat and not in a zoo is simply breathtaking.

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It was a fun and amazing experience that I highly recommend. Plus, the ticket fees go toward funding the conservation center and helping many endangered species!

xo~ wanderwhirlgirl