On April 30, 2016, I visited the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona. This animal preserve was founded in 1988 by Dean and Prayeri Harrison, and they seem to be very dedicated to the well-being of all the animals in their care. There are Bengal, Indochinese and Siberian tigers, African and Barbary lions, sloths, sable antelopes, a giraffe, a white rhinoceros, prairie dogs, zebras, hyenas and so many more beautiful animals, many of them threatened or endangered. Several of the animals were rescued. There is a lot of space for these animals to roam, and no bars (although there are fences).
We spent an afternoon walking around after a very short "safari" ride into an area for the zebras, giraffe, camel and other plains-type critters. (We didn't ride the zipline, but there is one that goes over the lions.)
I always love seeing the big cats and the other exotic animals. My trip to Sabi Sabi, a game preserve in South Africa, will always be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I truly enjoyed the opportunity in Arizona to photograph the tigers, lions, water buffalo, javelina and other stunning creatures. I've put the experience (minus the very hot sun) into a video photo album, and I share many of the photographs below.
This gallery shows some of the animals seen on the bus "safari": addax, gemsbok, water buffalo and sable antelope. There was also a camel, which you can see in the video (the photo is not great, so I'm not including it here).
The reticulated giraffe seemed to be following lustily after one of the zebras.
The tigers, in all their splendor.
Birds in the aviary, southern white rhinoceros, grizzly bear, Patagonian cavy, capybara, emu, gray wolf, spotted hyena, prairie dogs, javelina.
A lion photo album.