For centuries, the only way to see a polar bear and a giraffe on the same day was to ride a saddled giraffe all the way to the Arctic Circle. Witness climatological opposites coexist with today's Groupon: for $150, you get a camel expedition for two at Giraffe Ranch in Dade City (a $300 value).
Guests climb aboard a connected train of gentle camels for lofty views of Giraffe Ranch's 47-acre USDA-licensed and Zoological Association of America–accredited game farm and wildlife preserve. While seated in saddles equipped with handlebars, pairs of passengers keep eyes peeled for free-roaming Asian, African, and prehistoric beasts. During tours, guides spin true tales about native and exotic animals, the habitats in which they survive, and the farm's ongoing conservation efforts concerning endangered species and those extinct in the wild. After camel trains roam across lush pastures dotted with massive live oak trees under blue skies, guests can feed hungry giraffes, pat the heads of curious zebras, or send top-secret bird calls to soaring sandhill cranes and baby ostriches. Giraffe Ranch recommends that riders come bedecked in hats, closed-toe shoes, and long pants.
As a former zoo employee and current rancher, I was so pleased to see happy animals in great health in wonderful, safe surroundingsematulich, TripAdvisor, 10/2/11
We did the camel expedition, what an awesome experience. Everything was up close an personalJesss349, TripAdvisor, 8/19/11
38650 Mickler Rd.
Dade City, Florida 33523