Magazine article Sunset

Ride an Elephant on Safari near Roseburg, Oregon

Magazine article Sunset

Ride an Elephant on Safari near Roseburg, Oregon

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Visitors to Wildlife Safari this year might see a baby southern white rhinoceros--and then again, they might not. No one's been able to get close enough to the 3,600-pound Taryn to find out if her courtship with Shoddy "took." But plenty of other animals, both adults and babies, will be wandering the green hills this spring at the drive-through animal park south of Roseburg.

Babies appear year-round at Wildlife Safari: the first Grevy's zebra (an endangered species) to be born at the park arrived in September, and two black bucks were born in December. But spring is when you're most likely to see young animals testing their legs or nursing from their mothers. It takes an hour or so to drive through the park, allowing for ostrich greeting parties and other traffic-stopping surprises.

At least as intriguing to children is the village area, where visitors can see additional animals close up, including a cougar, lemurs, gibbons, and an elephant that they can ride ($3). …

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