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posted on 11/1/2007 bear_cage1.jpg Smokey the Bear's cage Smokey the Bear's cage is now built. Veterinarian J.T. Walker along with park staff and volunteers moved Smokey into his new cage last Sunday. In the upcoming months Smokey's 10,000 square foot cage will have a water fall pool/shade pavillion and a pavillion built for public viewing in front of the cage. The front of the cage will be fully glassed for closer viewing and hosting Smokey's Den Birthday parties.
posted on 11/1/2007 educational_building.jpg Educational Building Update Logging of the 3300 square foot Educational building and building of the fire places for the gift shop and bed and breakfast have begun. Tiger Safari's educational facility will consist of a large gift shop, education center, and bathrooms complete with showers and a two story african style bed and breakfast. The building project hoping to be completed in the spring of 2008 will host not only our Tiger Safari Kids Camp but company picnics/meetings and hosting the upcoming Feline Conservation Federation Husbandry Course. Reservations for the Tiger Safari African Safari Tree House will be accepted begining Feburary 1, 2008. Bed and Breakfast will consist of a one bedroom, a loft bedroom, with a fire place, a large deck with a hot tub over looking the tigers and lions. Enjoy a romantic evening while listening to the lions roar. Ammenities include plasma tv, wifi internet, and our ten head cave shower.
posted on 9/11/2007 billboard.2JPG.jpg Tigersafari's New Billboard Tigersafari's New Billboard is located directly across from the Oklahoma City Community Collage on Interstate 44 westbound, featuring Kyndal, Bill's granddaughter.Come see many of the new animals from 2007!
posted on 9/8/2007 Wood Group Company Picnic Tiger Safari would like to extend a warm welcome to the Wood Group Company annual picnic. Many events are planned which enclude, pony rides, hay rides, horse shoes, volley ball, inflatables, tug-a-war, bon-fire, and so much more. Approximtly five hundred people are expected to attend, don't forget your camera. All feeding stations will be made available, including our tortoius riding.
posted on 6/27/2007 Baby_deer.jpg New Addition! Fireball and Clorice are proud parents today! At 1:30 PM on Wednesday YMCA guest and Park staff watched our new addition come into the world. Baby and Mother are doing fine. We will find out the sex of the baby in a few days.
posted on 6/14/2007 ringtail.jpg New Addition: Baby Lemur New Addition: Baby Ringtailed Lemur just arrived at Tigersafari! Come out this weekend and hold "Zazoo" our five week old baby. Don't forget your camera!
posted on 5/22/2007 Day 10: South Africa - Last Day! Africa Day 10 Sam and Amy! And now for the report that most of you care about. We were all ready for an early breakfast.  As we sat around twiddling our thumbs waiting over an hour to be served, we realized that Annie the Chef had pulled a prank on all of us by telling us that breakfast would be ready by promptly at seven.  She then served us at 8 o’clock with a big cheesy grin on her face.  Why are you here so early? she asked.  If only we had time to get her back.  We are going to miss Annie’s cooking.  Before breakfast, Cameron and Ryan tried to get revenge on Sam and Amy for the bell incident yesterday.  They came to Sam and Amy’s room early and began ringing the bell non-stop to get them out of bed.  Sam was at the other side of the room so he had the best view of Amy leaping from her bed, landing in front of the door, slinging the door open and threatening them with their lives.  Sam then saw the two boys running down the hall as fast as their legs would carry them.  By the way Joe, Kurt wanted you to know that there is still a bat in your hut!  Kurt decided he was too tired to chase the bat out of the hut, so he let his new roommate stay all night. We loaded into the van with Estelle driving and Ilsa riding shot gun.  They took us into town and showed us the sites.  We hit several shopping places, art stores, antique stores and even took time to run into the liquor store.  Sam saw all kinds of goodies there.  Kurt found a beautiful South African cream box set with leopard spots on the bottle and two leopard glasses.  When we stopped for gas, we had a little chuckle over Ilsa’s (lack of) driving skills.  If she reads this, we are going to be in trouble tomorrow! We stopped at the Plum Tree to have lunch and we learned that Estelle is very popular and knows everybody in town.  So many people came to chat with her.  It was like eating with a celebrity.  Pieter joined us and the food was delicious.  We had to get preparations ready for the BBQ (which in South Africa is called a brie’) that will accompany the BIG RUGBY semi final matches this afternoon.  For those of you not in the know, this is the first time in history that TWO South African rugby teams have made it to the semi finals.  We were informed that this part of the country would completely shut down at 3 o’clock so everyone can watch the games.  We saw many cars driving with either Shark or Bulls flags waving showing team spirit.  Speaking of Rugby, we went by the home of the biggest Rugby fan we know: our first bus driver Dix.  For anyone following this story, Dix was injured after dropping us off from our trip to the Lion Park.  The bus rolled, with Dix inside, and he broke his left wrist.  A surgery and several metal plates later, he was no longer able to drive us around.  He seemed to be in good spirits and was looking forward to both Rugby games this afternoon.  He showed us around his house and took us to his hut that he built himself.  We’re sure the other group agrees that we hope Dix has a speedy recovery and that both of his teams WIN.  Dix's wish came half true when the South African Sharks won their game.  Rugby is an extremely physical sport and is very exciting to watch.  We Americans caught on to the rules quickly and were out of our seats cheering for most of the game.  We hooped, hollered and yee-hawed at the Sharks final try (try = touchdown for you Americans).  In between games, it was time to relocate the Cobra.  All the boys loaded up in Pieter's truck and drove to the far side of the Savannah.  As we let the snake go, he stopped and posed for pictures one last time before slithering off into the bush.  Ryan's eyes were wide as we said goodbye to the snake. By the time the boys got back, the South African Bulls had already started playing. We gorged ourselves on snacks prepared by Estelle.  We learned intricate details of the game strategy from Pieter.  After a very exciting eighty minutes, the South African Bulls won!  The historic semi-finals have made way for a historic super bowl style clash.  For the first time ever BOTH teams playing are from South Africa. So no matter who wins, the title comes home to South Africa.  Dix's wish was fully manifested.  Next week, by the way, Dix will be cheering for the Bulls. We then had to celebrate the boy's victories with a delicious brie.  I think Pieter and Estelle forgot that most of our group had left the Savannah, because they cooked enough food to feed an army.  We ate until our bellies were bloated and our eyelids were heavy.  Man the food was good. This ending of our trip could not have been any better.  We've watched animals and animal behaviour, and now we got to see people and people behaviour in South Africa.  We are really going to miss this place.  This was definately the trip of a life time.  Thank you Pieter and Estelle for having us.  Thank you Tiger Safari for such a great time.
posted on 5/12/2007 Day 9: South Africa This daily journal upload and all the attachments have been the courtesy of Matt Layne.  He is our webmaster and it is impressive how much he knows about computers, as well as how well he has been able to circumvent the rather cantankerous South African computers we have run across. With his lap top and flash drive, he has done a phenomenal job of uploads.  Unfortunately, we are finding that the pictures didn’t post last night.  They are totally out of this world and we want to share them.  Matt the guru will keep trying. Anyone needing a website in the states?  This is the man to contact.   We started our morning with chocolate croissants and hot coffee. We have definitely landed in the lap of luxury to finish off our trip. To continue our safari tales, we located Cape buffalo last night. The old bulls are chased out of the herd by the younger bulls and are called dagga boys. Dagga is a Zulu word meaning mud or cement.  These old bulls spend their day rolling in mud holes, so stay covered in mud  and hence the name. These are the very crafty dangerous ones.  Our vehicle spotted one walking down the road, he crashed into the brush finally and began to circle, and so off we continued.   The Rangers are naturalists, botanists, animal behaviorists, as well as trackers (and we hope good shots!).  Paul, our ranger, explained about weeping wattle trees.  They have soft leaves and make great toilet paper in the bush.  It was soft, but we think we prefer to stick to Charmin. We also located the toothbrush tree, Magic Guarri. The stems can be chewed to make soft bristles with which to clean your teeth.  The berries are yummy according to Paul, but the leaves are purgatives so don’t chew them unless you want or need that effect. There was also another medicinal tree called the Buffalo Thorn. This is a mystic tree important to Zulus. Some of the thorns are straight to point the way and for the future, and other thorns are curved like a hook to remember the past.  The leaves however make a yummy salad and most of us tried one. Not bad at all.   Matt and J.T. said to just drop them off in the bush because they now can have salad, brush their teeth, and wipe their hinies!!   A flap necked chameleon was located in a tree and demonstrated to us as well.  There were vultures perched high in the dead trees.  Paul stated they are very lazy and prefer to wait until the air thermals warm up so they can glide.  They are very important to the ecology here and quite specialized.  Without vultures, dead animals would just lay and rot (bugs and bacteria). The Lappet-faced vulture has a huge beak which is used to rip the hides and get into the big meat so it usually eats first. Then there are the White Backed Vulture and the Cape Griffon Vultures which have smaller beaks and eat most of the carcass. The Hooded Vulture gets the small sections and finishes up the job by eating just the eyes, cheeks, and between the vertebrae. Recycling at its finest.   There are two lion prides on this reserve, one with 7 members and the other with 4.  They have been scarce this last few days having made a big kill and been sleeping it off.  Old man lion was out pacing his territory today.  Paul said, “Look how grumpy his face is today. He is in a hurry and on a mission, so we’ll just stay out of his way.”  Lions prefer to walk the roads and paths, then cut through the bush when necessary.  This BIG old man is in his prime at 9 years old.  It takes 6 years to grow the mane. They only live to 12 to 13 years in the wild depending on how many young males are beating them up.  We had to keep backing up the road, and the lion kept pacing towards us.  It was great.  The lion would stop, back into a tree to mark his territory, and then continue down the road. This went on for over a mile!  We spotted an immature Dark Chanting Goshawk that had just scooped up his breakfast, and watched it eat the lizard. Patience paid off when two female rhinoceros sauntered out onto the road.  They snorted and were very suspicious of us, and then headed back into the brush to keep grazing.   Quinton, the other Ranger who is helping drive us around, met the people scheduled for hot air balloon at a chilly 5 am.  They saw a number of creatures on the way there and had to keep stopping for Perfect Shot to do her magic. They saw a Bush baby. We met the hot air balloon crew back at the lodge.  THEY CRASHED THE BALLOON!! Everyone had loaded into the basket, but didn’t even get off the ground. The incident happened during take-off from a wind gust.  It snapped the guide ropes, and tipped the truck. No injuries but some excitement. Jeremy was cooperative enough to fall toward the camera and Kim snapped his picture! Some of the hardy souls are still going to try again tomorrow.    Another part of the group did the Elephant bush walk.  We learned about elephants.  The African elephant is not known to be very trainable, but they have done a tremendous job at Jubali Lodge with these elephants.  Only one of the elephants is actually from South Africa, and that is Jubali.  He was a hand raised orphan.  The other elephants came from Zimbabwe and were also rescues or culls.  Some of the elephant handlers have been with their elephants for 16 years.  There were even two baby elephants that were very cute. The Ranger cautioned us that the elephants were trained and not tamed.  He reminded us to treat them with respect, and to just relax once we were mounted.  These elephants had saddles and stirrups, and you still sat behind the handler.   The walk was over one hour through the brush.  We passed Blue Wildebeest, Giraffes, Wart Hogs, and a Crocodile near a watering hole AWESOME cannot begin to describe how cool it is to sit on an elephant with their very rocking gait and watch part of Africa go by.  Some of the elephants were naughty and kept sneaking branches and leafs of trees as they walked by.   We thought we were going to be a Big 4 instead of the Big 5 because the female leopard that roams this area had gone under the fence to the next game reserve a few days earlier.  Of course, our luck has been tremendous because the lions had been hiding for the past three days, but were cooperative to put on quite the show today.  Tonight one of the Rangers spotted a Leopard and all the crew headed to that area.  We are now officially all Big 5 Spotters!!  WE DID IT!  The Leopard was stalking an Impala and we nearly got to see the Leopard catch it, but the wind changed and off the Impala dashed. The Impala have three black lines on their rump and tail.  Paul said it forms a letter M because this animal is the McDonald’s of the bush.   Although the Lodge has the electric fence around its perimeter, the vervet monkeys and some of the antelope can get over the fence.  There are lots of Nyala around the grounds. They are brown with white stripes over their back as well as white spots.  Very beautiful and you can get very close to take their picture.  Perfect shot was nearly nose to nose with some of them. A troop of vervet monkeys was jumping around. Jeremy also found a mongoose. We finished with a five course dinner.  Many of us had the venison.  It was Kudo and very tasty. Tomorrow morning will be our last game viewing safari. Everyone’s camera is charging and ready for the morning.
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963 County St. 2930
Tuttle, Oklahoma 73089

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