Then we got out of the car and walked into the eagle aviary. Brian and I were surprised that there was nothing that kept the eagles from the people inside the aviary. We saw 3 bald eagles inside!
Then we walked along the boardwalk that headed to the bear and wolf (in cages!). We saw neither of them as it was unbearably hot and I'm sure they were hiding in the darkest, coolest spot they could find. We had to tell Noah that the bear was put away for the day because he obsessed about the bear. For some reason he thought the bear had to go to the doctor. Along the boardwalk were screech owls, kestrels and another kind of owl. The screech owls were so small and they lined up along the trunk of the tree-there were 5 of them on this side (there are 5 in the picture).
In the parking lot area they have a hands-on-corral. Not sure why this part was necessary but you could go in and pet the goats and chickens. Natalie wanted no part in this (she had just fallen and scrapped herself in various places) but Noah gladly pet the goats. I include the following picture because Noah kept talking about the goats sleeping on top of each other. We were trying to write post cards about the Des Moines zoo and he talked about the goats sleeping on top of each other. I kept having to remind him that we saw that at the safari park.
The next area was called Crane Meadows. There were tons of sandhill cranes as well as swans, ducks and other water fowl. The next area was for bison. They were all packed together in a tiny pond area as well. I have never seen such a light colored bison before!
Back by the visitor's center there were 4 exhibits-one for bobcats, one for hawks, one for porcupines, and one for another animal I can't remember! N2 enjoyed this park and looking at the animals. I gave Noah a map toward the bison area and all he did for the rest of the trip was look at the map instead of out the window!