More Bearizona animals

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More animals from our drive through Bearizona, near Flagstaff. It was so much fun to see these animals up close but more fun to see them wandering around in big open spaces. Some enclosures were so big you could barely see the fence through the woods. As we drove through the wolves section, there was a big sign that said “If the wolves come up to your car, do not stop, continue driving.” I figured with my luck they would all be sleeping in the back somewhere and we wouldn’t see any but they were very active. One walked right up to the front of the car and just stood there like “Where do you think you’re going?”  He wouldn’t move so Brett drove around him. The big horn sheep were active as well. We stopped to let them walk across the road in front of us and two of them just stopped and leaned on the car while another came up to my window. Brett didn’t want to back up since they were also behind us so we sat there for a few minutes until they finally moved on. Next time I make it back to Flagstaff I will make a stop here again.

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More birds from Arizona

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We saw dark-eyed junkos everywhere we went.

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I saw Steller’s jays everywhere but it was tough to get a decent picture. They were really skittish.

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Ravens were also everywhere. I don’t see them around my area in central Florida. They are like the laughing gulls of northern Arizona. Always in the tourist areas, loud, they come flying in when they see food.  They are much bigger than our fish crows.

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Looks just like our eastern bluebird but I was in the west. All About Birds says that western bluebirds have more rust in their throat than eastern ones.

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Our squirrels in Florida don’t have that rust streak on their back.

Some of the “wild” things we saw at Bearizona in northern Arizona.

Rainy day funny faces

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We had a rainy afternoon during our trip in Arizona. We were already out running around so we decided to head over to Bearizona. It’s a drive through zoo that’s 30 minutes away from Flagstaff. We figured at least we’d be in the car while it was raining. Most of the animals had been injured or orphaned and had found a permanent home here.  All of the animals have huge enclosures in the middle of the woods. We drove through different zones and saw bears, wolves, bison, big horn sheep and tons of other animals. You could see them wandering around in the woods. Some were eating, some were sleeping, some were playing in the drizzle. Halfway through it stopped raining so we were able to get out and walk around the smaller walk through area. I think this was one of  my favorite parts of the trip.

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