Wildlife Safari: Family RV Short Stop or overnight stay

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WildlifeSafari_RVCampground_JulianneGCraneWhether you are an RV Snowbird traveling south for the winter … or simply driving along I-5 in southern Oregon, Wildlife Safari is an excellent destination for a family to spend a few hours … or consider staying overnight in the RV Campground on the property.

WildlifeSafari_BrownBear-L_JulianneGCraneSince 1972, this 600-acre park has served “a crucial function in conservation and protection of endangered species while educating the public about them and their important roles in the fragile ecosystem,” according to its website.

Wildlife Safari “is the only drive-through wild animal park in Oregon. Nestled in a large wooded valley” near Winslow (Exit 119 off I-5) … “visitors can view more than 76 species from their cars including tigers, giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants, bison, elk and bears.” The Brown Bears are particularly intriguing with their amazing size and regal bearing.

WildlifeSafari_ChileanFlamingo_JulianneGCraneThe Safari Village area is free for guests throughout the day. It offers a relaxing walk-through area with more than 300 animals including monkeys, reptiles and birds.

One beautiful splash of color is the flock of Chilean Flamingo that are “pinker than the slightly larger Greater Flamingo, but less so than Caribbean Flamingo. It can be differentiated from these species by its grayish legs with pink joints and also by the larger amount of black on the bill (more than half),” according to the Wildlife Safari.

The Wildlife Safari RV Park is currently open, however, it is open seasonally depending on weather, so check for up-to-date information by contacting Guest Services at 541-679-6761 ext 210 or [email protected]

The RV Park is located ¼ mile from Wildlife Safari entrance on Safari Rd. There are 15 sites that are first come,  first serve, no reservations. The cost is $15 per night with no hook-ups and $25 per night with water and electricity. Three nights is the limit of each stay unless other arrangements have been made with Wildlife Safari.

To see more photographs of animals and read more about the Wildlife Safari click here for an expanded article I posted on RV Short Stops.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos from the top: Wildlife Safari RV Park, Brown Bear sunning himself, canoodling Chilean Flamingo. (Julianne G. Crane)

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