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I went on vacation in SD last week, so here are some of the pictures!


Mt. Rushmore:



We went to this place called "Bear Country U.S.A", and from the little brochers I read, I expected it to be this nature preserve type of thing, that you drive through and hope to see some wild animals. WRONG. It was basically a drive through zoo! The poor animals were in fenced in areas, separated by electric fencing and stuff so the species wouldn't mix. It was kinda pathetic IMO. But here are some pics of the animals.






And then, we went to the "Reptile Gardens". At first, it seemed kinda neat. They had this huge room with all these different reptiles, and they even had some beardies! I was all like "LOOK! LOOK! They have BEARDIEEESSS!!!" The ones in the giant room looked pretty healthy too:

(This one looked kinda skinny though... Poor thing was obviously an outcast from the group of big males)

... And then, I made the mistake of going upstairs to the snake section.
They had a cage that was obviously smaller than a 40B that was filled with mulch, infested by fruit flies, and UVB-less that had 3 beardies of it, and 2 of them had some horrible MBD. I'm hoping the MBD ones were donated, and not raised there. Oh, and they were feeding them lettuce and carrots. There was one in the front who was gasping for breath (URI?), and he had the worst MBD. It was awful. I had to talk to 2 employees before anyone took notice of him, and I THINK they removed him because there were only 2 left in the cage when I left. I mean, seriously... If you have a huge tourist attraction that supposedly has the biggest reptile collection in the US, you would think they would know how to take care of them?!?!
The poor gators there all looked really depressed too.


A cave we visited. I think it's the Sitting Bull one?






A cute little butterfly that landed on me:



A waterfall:



Pretty landscape:



And we went on this AMAZING horse ride too, but the pictures are on a different camera right now. But they actually let you full-on gallop through the woods and actually ride, and the people were really great. We went for the 1 hr one first, and then we loved it so much that we went for the 2 hour on the last day of our vacation. Definitely one the best horse experienced I've ever had!
My sister was attacked by a branch too when we were galloping, LOL, so she has his massive cut going down her arm.

Enjoy the pics! I had a ton of fun!
 

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oh my!! What a fun vacay! :) Glad you had fun! Was the park just hanging on to these animals bc they couldn't be re-habilitated or were they used for the showing?? Bc here we have a natural park called "Salmonier Nature Park" which houses (yes, encloses most of them in large enclosures for their and visitor's saftey) but the animals were all hurt somehow in traps or on the roads and rehabilitated in these huge Boreal enclosures. Not so much cages, just sanctioned off from going to live in the woods where they will die. The bald eagle and snowy owl are not enclosed but they had such bad injuries to their wings that they can no longer fly. They have open "rooms". But this is what that park you visitied reminded me of. It's used as an educational park where people can go learn about natural animals of the boreal forest while viewing some (some just are not available since they rely on ParksCanada to find injured ones which can still live) So it's kind of like a rescue in some ways.

Enough about that though, Mount Rushmore looks cool! ^^ And sorry to hear about the reptile place :( That sounds awful, just another tourist scam.. Poor little things.
 

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Here is the website of the place: http://www.bearcountryusa.com/index.php It doesn't say that they are rescued/rehabbed, so my guess is that they breed them or something. :rolleyes: The wildlife park you described sounds awesome though!
 

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cool pics, too bad about the poor animals though
 

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http://www.bearcountryusa.com/animals/index.php Yea so these guys are bred for exhibition. The site looks cute with all those roly poly bear cubs!! :p Isn't it not natural to have this many grizzlies together?? In the wild they fight upon interaction, I wonder what they do with the babies when they grow up? :/


Anyway, Glad to see all the pics Jess! It makes me feel like I get to visit sunny places too :)
 

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They had a ton of the adults grizzlies living together, so they must get along somehow I guess.


I'm glad you likes the pics! :D
 
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