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Celebrate American Zoo Day with an Elephant Car Wash

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July 1 commemorates American Zoo Day. If you're visiting Portland for the 4th of July weekend, a stop at the Oregon Zoo would certainly entertain the kids, and provide an educational opportunity at the same time. The Park Package includes Zoo Admission, Tram Ride, a Thrill Ride, and a visit to the Dino Walk, starting at just $20 for the kids.

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Closer to home, the Rogue Valley offers a couple of choices for your American Zoo Day wildlife visit. Wildlife Images, in Grants Pass, rescues, rehabilitaties, and releases (when viable), various non-domesticated animals. Residents include wolves, a ferret, a rare Red-Tailed Hawk, bears, mountain lions, and more! Your admission dollars provide the financial resources the non-profit organization needs to help animals that would otherwise die in the wild. What a great place to learn and have fun with the family! Reservations are required, so be sure to visit Wildlife Images' to buy your tickets and schedule your tour.

Just a short drive from southern Oregon (exit 119 in Winston), Wildlife Safari provides ample opportunities to get "up close and personal" with North American native (bison, mustangs, alpacas) and non-native (zebras, giraffes, hippos) animals of all shapes and sizes. If you invest in the Audio CD, your visit through the park will be narrated by knowledgeable animal lovers. You'll learn how the animals came to live at Wildlife Safari, how they are cared for, what they eat, as well as some necessary safety information for your drive. After the trip, the kids will enjoy listening to the CD over and over again, all the while memorizing great facts about the animals they saw on their drive through the different Safari "lands." To enhance your experience further, indulge in an "Elephant Car Wash," the thrill of feeding the lions, or any of the other unique opportunities only available at Wildlife Safari.

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