We have lived in Mendocino for several years and just recently learned about this amazing preserve in Point Arena, CA. and had yet to see it. Our 3 year old grand daughter recently visited with us so we decided to take her for our first visit. It was the best thing we could have done.
The preserve is operated by a lovely couple who in their own words:
"B Bryan Preserve has been actively committed to the breeding and preservation of African hoof Stock for over a decade. Now located in Point Arena, California, our animals range from critically endangered to endangered and include various species of zebra, giraffe, and antelope. Not a zoo, but a private preserve housing majestic African animals in large open fields".
The tour takes place in an open air Land Rover with bench seats which offered great views as we drove around the 110 acre preserve. The age range of those on the tour went from 3 (our grand daughter) to more mature (my wife and I :-) ) and everyone was equally entertained and amazed. The tour consists of riding in the land rover and walking all accompanied by very informed and interesting dialogue by the preserve owners, Judy and Frank. We had the opportunity to hang around with some very critically endangered species of zebra (Grevy) while they ate dinner, no cages or barriers between us. Watched "elvis" the zebra eat in his barn area, and saw antelope out in large pasture areas.
The high point for all of us however was the giraffes. We got to feed them while they were out in a field and then again in a barn which had a platform that was at the level of the giraffes head so we were face to face with them! Our grand daughter and the other children present along with all the adults had a great time feeding the giraffe, did you know they have black tongues?
I could go on and on, suffice it to say we had a great time and would highly recommend this tour to folks of all ages. The money from the tours goes toward supporting the preserve which means you can have a great time and help preserve endangered species at the same time.
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