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California Condor Rescue Zone – Los Angeles Zoo

Disclosure – I received an invite to the #DisneyNatureBears event. All expenses were paid for and covered by Disney. This post is not a paid post and the opinions stated herein are 100% my own.

California Condor Rescue Zone at Los Angeles Zoo

Earlier this year I visited the Los Angeles Zoo where they have the California Condor Rescue Zone. If you or your children have an interest in condors, this is a great place to visit to learn more about what it takes to protect the condors and how the Los Angeles Zoo takes part in the survival of these birds.

When you first walk into the California Condor Rescue Zone you are welcomed with a play area that has been designed for elementary school aged children. I will have to admit that I was there without my children and enjoyed the experience so you don’t have to be a kid to have fun here too!

Condor costume - Californa Condor Rescue Zone

While at the California Condor Rescue Zone you can learn about the life of the California Condor in the wild. You can also learn how the Los Angeles Zoo is trying to rescue this species from extinction with the California Condor Recovery Program.

You can also pretend to be a zoo vet. Or learn about the bad things that thee condors eat that they should not be eating.

Condor rescue zonecontents of condors stomach - los angeles zoo

Before we left the California Condor Zone we got a chance to meet Dolly, a California Condor. Dolly just isn’t any ordinary condor, Dolly has a story.

Dolly originally was an egg that was laid at the condor facility at the Oregon Zoo. She was hatched in Pinnacles National Park and then transferred to the wild. At four months old a zoo veterinarian noticed there was something wrong with Dolly’s wing and she underwent two different surgeries and it was determined that Dolly would never be able to fly. The Los Angeles Zoo did not want to put Dolly in danger so they decided to have her become the nation’s Condor Ambassador!

Dolly -  Condor AmbassadorDolly is not the only condor you can see while you are the Los Angeles Zoo. You will also see the Andean condors. They are a South American bird in the New World vulture family.

Andean Condor at Los Angeles Zoo

If you enjoy the condor species you will love taking a trip to the Los Angeles Zoo. For more information on this zoo visit: http://lazoo.org.

Wyoming Dog Sled Adventures

Maybe you or your children have read about dog sledding, or maybe it’s just an adventure that you have on your bucket list. With the swish of sled runners on the snow, the rhythm of trotting and panting dogs, and the sense of wilderness adventure, dog sledding is irresistible to some. Maybe you like the idea of exploring wintry wilderness areas but are not physically able to go on long hiking and camping trips. Regardless of your reasons and motivations, there are fun and exciting dog sledding adventures to be had here in the continental United States.

Alpine Air Helicopter in Alaska

Wyoming is home to Jackson Hole and the Continental Divide, both areas that offer dog sledding adventures.

  • Jackson Hole – In a Jackson Hole dog sled adventure, you will explore the beautiful national forests around Jackson Hole, such as the Teton National Forest and Yellowstone.
  • Continental Divide – Near Jackson Hole is the Continental Divide. The dog sled adventures here include overnights, day trips, and even a stay in a yurt! Both areas provide guided tours through the featured areas. The Continental Divide will also give you lessons on driving the dog sled yourself.

Is A Dog Sled Adventure FUN?

It has been described as “exhilarating,” which makes sense when you consider it’s called a dog sled adventure, not a dog sled luxury vacation! Those who love camping and unusual adventures will enjoy dog sledding. For a camping dog sled vacation, all of your gear is loaded on the sled – tents, food, etc. The dogs start with a rush then settle into a trot as you take in the speed and scenery.

There are also dog sled tours where you and your family can stay in resorts and cabins. You go out on the sled during the day and come back at night. These are usually package deals and many are family friendly. You can combine skiing with dog sledding, too, making time for both activities during the vacation.

For the somewhat less adventurous, there are also dog sled adventures that last only a day, or even half a day. This is a good option for families with very young children, or for older folks who just want to have a taste of the experience. Maybe you just want to take a scenic tour of the wilderness in a fun and exciting way.

Check into dog sledding in Wyoming. It’s a bit of the Arctic here in the States.

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