Safari so good

PORT CLINTON Ohio usually isn't known for giraffes, but the African Safari Wildlife Park has three and a number of other Afri
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

PORT CLINTON

Ohio usually isn't known for giraffes, but the African Safari Wildlife Park has three and a number of other African wildlife.

Nathan Pesta, 4, of Columbus, specifically came to see monkeys since he likes how they swing.

"He loves going to the zoo," said his mother, Pam Pesta.

Brian Hunt, of Michigan, has owned African Safari since it opened in 1970. The park now has more than 500 animals including giraffes, bison, zebras, a kangaroo, several species of monkeys and hoofed animals.

The main attraction at the park is the Drive Thru Safari, where visitors can travel through a 38.7-acre portion of the park. Visitors are encouraged to feed the animals, which will often reach in through car windows for food and an occasional petting.

"Bring a camera. It's a unique experience you can't have anywhere else," said Laura Bragg, park marketing director. "You can't go anywhere else where your car gets sloppy, yet people come out with a smile on their face."

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