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Lee G. Simmons Consvervation and Wildlife Safari Park

Growing up across the river from Omaha, Nebraska, I feel like I've had some of the best and coolest opportunities afforded me. There is the Henry Doorly Zoo, one of the best zoos in the country (and actually beat out Disney World in a best for families vote), the Orpheum Theatre, where I feel like I grew up (had many an opportunity to explore it as a child, and also sang there in high school choir), several museums, including my favorite, the Durham Western Heritage Museum (they have trains. I love trains. Just call me Sheldon Cooper), and it's also the home of the NCAA College World Series!

Anyhoo, I never really appreciated it until I left and went to college, where there wasn't nearly as much to do so close (Had to drive two hours to either KC or STL to do anything nearly as cool as the stuff we have in Omaha). One thing that I didn't realize we had nearby is the Lee G. Simmons Conservation and Wildlife Safari Park. It's a drive-thru park with areas that you can park to hike to see more animals (bears and wolves and frogs, oh my!), as well as a petting zoo. Here are some of the pics from the trip.

Coming in, there were elk everywhere! I think my mom counted.

Check out their antlers!

At the first stopping point, heading toward the Eagles.

Not sure if you can see them, but there ARE owls in that picture.  Right in the middle.

Pretty AND Interesting. I love Native American history.

On my way to the frog pond, I stopped at a map and found a  typo.  Have I mentioned grammatical errors like this are a pet peeve?

Mom petting goats.

Goats are cute. This one was super hungry.


I want chickens of my own one day.

I would have four and name them Antonia, Stephanie, Thora and Betty, and they would be Avengers Hens.

And the coolest part of the whole ride, I think.

White buffalo! I'd never seen them before! So gorgeous!

This handsome Bobcat has the same look of disdain my Henry gives me!

Partner-in-Crime running from the Camera

Foxy ladies! They were tiny!

Did you know porcupines attack with their tails?

This turtle was running all over his cage, trying to get out.

This little guy I photographed because he reminded me of my advisor, Kate Kogut, in college. She LOVES moose!
Honestly, this place is an inexpensive stop if you're in Ashland, NE. Only $6.50 for adults, and I think $4.50 for kids. There are some animals that you just can't see at your local zoo, and buffalo is one kind that we don't have at Henry Doorly. Granted, this isn't as big, and we were in/out in about two hours, so the fact that it's half the price of HD is pretty decent. I HIGHLY Recommend this place. It's great for kids. I'm only sad I didn't get a better look at the wolves and the bears. I saw them, but the darn trees were blocking me from a good view. Guess it was an off day.

Afterward, we went to use a Groupon for  Nothing Bundt Cakes  on Pacific in Omaha. It was worth $20, so we were able to get about six of their mini cakes (decent sized. We split the Red Velvet three ways during Project Runway tonight!), in almost all the flavors they had available: Red Velvet (obviously), Cinnamon Swirl (which we got to sample), Chocolate Chocolate Chip, White White Chocolate, Lemon, and Pecan Praline. Loved it. If it were more on my way home from work, that could present a problem. LOL

  • What places do you like to visit in your own hometown?
  • Do you love zoos and museums as much as I do?
  • What's your favorite animal to see at the zoo?


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