May 29 2015

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My youngest brother Josh and my parents

Today’s Flashback Friday goes back to my brother Josh’s High School graduation in May 2005.  It was also the girls first trip to Kansas.  It was a lot of fun being able to celebrate with my brother on his special day.  A lot has happened in the past ten years, but it is neat to look back on this fun day.

Thankful for a chance to spend a long weekend in Kansas with my family.  It was an adventure and exhausting with two little ones in tow, but we had a great time.  It’s not every year your little brother graduates from High School.

Grandma Doris, Josh, & Grandpa Verlync

 Josh with Grandma Doris and Grandpa Verlyn!

Grandma Willa, Josh, & Grandpa CEc

 Josh with Grandma Willa and Grandpa CE

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 Grandpa Russell and Jake handing the girls for Josh to hold.

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 My oldest brother Jeremy and his wife Amber (who was pregnant with Brandon at the time) with my youngest brother Josh.

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Jake, and I with my two younger brothers Josh and Lee.

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Jake, Josh, Karlie, Brina, and I at Josh’s High School Graduation celebration

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Congratulations Josh!

Karlie and Brina with Uncle Joshc

As you can see Karlie and Brina were SUPER thrilled to be celebrating with Uncle Josh!

Lee, Alecia, Josh, Bridgette, Jordan, and Rachelc

Cousins – Lee, Alecia, Josh, myself, Jordan, and Rachel

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Siblings – Lee, Josh, Me, Jeremy

Uncle Sam, Josh, and Uncle Paulc

Josh with Uncle Sam and Uncle Paul  Uncle Sam recently passed away (about a month ago).  Thankful for the memories and times together.  Cherish the time you have with your family while you can.

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May 29 2015

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“Mandela” the white lion!

Our family had a great time at Hollywild Animal Park.  Upon entering the park I was given a packet with a very nice “Welcome” letter from Kim along with a map, her business card, a bracelet for each of us to wear, and other park information. The workers from the Safari Bus driver to the Creature Feature Show to the Gift Shop Clerk and the various ones we encountered throughout our journey through the park were always willing to answer any questions we had along the way (most of the questions were the kids asking about various animals).  It was a wonderful activity to do with the family.

As I have mentioned in a couple other posts several of the animals that reside at Hollywild have been stars in Movies, Commercials, Print Ads, Sport Events, TV Shows, events, and much more.  The animals seemed friendly, content, and interactive with the people passing through the park.

It was great that even the lions were up and active while we were at Hollywild!  Usually at the zoo and other places you don’t often see the lions moving or playing around too much in their pens.  The white lion paused while moving around so we were able to get some shots of him, but the brown lion didn’t ever stop moving for a good picture.

We ended our trip through the park about the time they were getting ready to close.  The workers were starting to feed the animals their dinners so that was pretty cool to watch some of the animals munching down on one of their favorites treats.

For more information about our adventure at Hollywild you can check out our other blog posts:

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He looks very serious!

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He hears the worker getting his dinner meal ready and started pacing.

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On the move!

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Relaxing on his rock

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Look at the length of those whiskers!

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Peaceful and relaxing

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Beautiful tiger

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Love how his tail is sitting on the rock below him.  He was curious about us watching him though!

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Those eyes are looking directly at us!

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Siberian Tigers – he looked so serious, but colorful up on the rock.  Not an animal I would want to meet in the wild though he looks amazing.  Featured in the following:

  • Movie – Man Hunter
  • Movie – Betsy’s Wedding
  • Movie – Reversal of Fortune
  • Movie – Price of Tides
  • Movie – The Real McCoy
  • TV Ad Campaign – Land Rover
  • Gallery Portraits – Valerie Shaff Photography
  • Countless live appearances at special events

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Cougars were out and walking around.  These cougars featured in following:

  • Commercials – Lincoln-Mercury (1983 to 1991)
  • Movie – Date With an Angel
  • TV Program – Rescue 911
  • Movie – Reversal of Fortune
  • Movie – Last of the Mohicans
  • Movie – Miracle on the Mountain
  • Commercial(s) – Coca-Cola

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Black Leopard was busy eating its dinner time treat.  Not sure what it is, but fresh meat of some kind.  Seeing it’s eyes watching us through the grass gives me goose bumps.  The leopards were featured in the following:

  • Calendar – Great Cats
  • Print Ad Campaign – Kemdura Paper
  • Audiovisual Production – Leslie Advertising
  • Score Boards – Carolina Panther
  • Caesar, a Black Panther, has been a star in the National Football League for the Carolina Panthers

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The white tiger just finished his dinner and is taking a walk around his pen.

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So pretty!

Hollywild Animal Park Coupon Discount (Free Child’s Admission):

  • Print off the coupon for Free Child’s Admission with purchase of an Adult Admission and bring it to the park with youLimit one per family. $8 Value. This coupon is valid during our Park Season which is open Weekends in March, Daily April through Labor Day, and Weekends from Labor Day through the end of October. Please visit our website for seasonal hours prior to your visit. Coupon not valid during our Holiday Lights Safari Benefit.  Expires: 10/24/2015.

A special thanks to U.S. Family Guide and Hollywild Animal Park for offering a special discount to our readers.  Any specific product information was provided by Hollywild Animal Park and U.S. Family Guide, however, the opinions expressed in this post are our own.  We did receive tickets so our family could visit and share our experience.

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May 28 2015

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Someone came to say “hi” to me!

It is no great surprise to us that the Baby Animal Barn and the Creature Feature Show at Hollywild Animal Park were a big hit with the kids.  There is something extra sweet about interacting with a soft fluffy baby animal.  The girls could have spent even longer petting and feeding the goats.  They were very entertained by them.

It was fun to watch them bottle feed the goats.  Several of the little goats had obviously had some red juice earlier that day because their faces and mouths were covered with red drips.  It was a great spot to have the kids interact a little more with the animals.  You can’t pet every animal (like the lions, tigers, and bears for obvious reasons), but you could pet and feed some of them which made the experience more fun for the kids.

For more information about our adventure at Hollywild you can check out our other blog posts:

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 They had the most beautiful face and big eyes!

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 One of the parents with the little baby named “Marshmallow” they were so soft!

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 Saying “hi” to the crowd of goats!

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 Brina petting and talking with a friendly goat!

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 Jake got the girls bottles to feed the goats.  They loved it!

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 Love the pink/red bottle drippings all over the face of this little goat.  Too cute!!!

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“Hey, do you have any treats for me!”

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 The hot pink tongue cracks me up.  So adorable even with the hot pink spots on its face!

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 Karlie feeding a little one.

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 Brina feeding one of the goats while chatting and laughing at some of the other goats in the pen.

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Brina feeding and petting the baby goat at the same time.

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She probably could have stayed all day.  Brina loves her goats and they are pretty entertaining to watch!

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No matter where you stood there was always a goat friend nearby to greet you and see if you had any more treats to share!

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Karlie loving it!

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Having fun with my family.  Thankful for a good time together learning about a variety of animals at Hollywild.

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Brina would be content to do this everyday.  She loves animals!

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Trying to make sure everyone gets their turn with the treat!

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This one looks super soft!  He must have gotten enough to eat and is now taking a little rest.

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 Bottle feeding the goat.

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 Karlie giving a little goat a treat!

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 Smart goat!  A kid dropped a bottle inside the pen which got kicked around a few times to where it was unreachable.  This goat picked up the bottle off the ground walked over to the fence and propped it up so it could easily drink from the bottle.  Hilarious watching it, but very resourceful if you want a little sip.

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 The newest baby in the group.  Super soft and cute!

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 The little guy decided to take a rest in the feed bucket.

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Karlie petting the zebras and animals next to the goats

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 Brina giving him a good rub!

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 It was cute hearing the girls talking with the animals.  I really liked how the animals were very active and friendly.  All the ones you could pet always came to the fence which made the kids happy.

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We got there a few minutes early so relaxing for a minute while we wait for the Creature Feature Show to start.

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 ”Speedy” the turtle!

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 ”Marshmallow” not sure about all the people looking at her.  She was still a little bit timid.

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 Talking about Marshmallow

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 Another soft one to learn about and pet.

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 Petting the turtle

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 Petting the turtle and talking with the worker about the animals.

Hollywild Animal Park Coupon Discount (Free Child’s Admission):

  • Print off the coupon for Free Child’s Admission with purchase of an Adult Admission and bring it to the park with youLimit one per family. $8 Value. This coupon is valid during our Park Season which is open Weekends in March, Daily April through Labor Day, and Weekends from Labor Day through the end of October. Please visit our website for seasonal hours prior to your visit. Coupon not valid during our Holiday Lights Safari Benefit.  Expires: 10/24/2015.

A special thanks to U.S. Family Guide and Hollywild Animal Park for offering a special discount to our readers.  Any specific product information was provided by Hollywild Animal Park and U.S. Family Guide, however, the opinions expressed in this post are our own.  We did receive tickets so our family could visit and share our experience.

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May 28 2015

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Heading out on the Safari Ride at Hollywild

The kids loved the Safari Bus Ride at Hollywild Animal Park.  They had a grand time feeding and petting the animals that walked up to the bus.  It was neat to see a variety of animals on the trip.

We have come to Hollywild for their Holiday Lights Safari Benefit as well as a couple times when they were younger.  Once we were there for a party with friends which was a lot of fun.  It was neat watching the kids and animals interact on the Safari.

In previous visits I don’t remember seeing so many peacocks.  They seemed to be everywhere (or maybe we just had the same ones following us around).  They were beautiful!  The males had their feathers all spiked up and shaking to get the attention of the pretty female peacocks or to shoo away any person or animal that got too close.  I have never seen peacocks up their feathers so much.  It was fascinating to watch them.  The male peacock is the one that has all the bold beautiful colors with a long tail feathers.  The female peacock has a lot of similar colors, but not as vibrant and shorter tail.

For more information about our adventure at Hollywild you can check out our post:

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These were the only guys you couldn’t feed by hand from the Safari Bus because they have sharp beaks, but you could toss them some treats.  They were the first ones to great us on the tour.

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Animals on the hill grazing peacefully.

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Someone’s not afraid to get right up close to the Safari Bus!

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Karlie getting her treat ready for the animals.

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She enjoyed feeding the animals.

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Hand feeding deer, so much fun!

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Brina tried to feed as many as she could.

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Look at that tongue!

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Brina wanted to pet every one that came by our side of the Safari Bus.

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So soft…Brina loved the hair of this one.

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Petting the buffalo now

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We couldn’t take a picture of our Safari Bus on the ride, but here’s the other bus that went at the same time we did.

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The deer was alert and looking for more treats!

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“Tank” enjoying the shade

Tank the Rhinoceros was featured in the following:

  • Commercials – Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • National Ad Campaign – Land Rover
  • National TV Commercial – ZICAM
  • Tank is the only working rhinoceros in the United States

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Is that a unicorn!?

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Not a unicorn just missing one of his antlers.

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Cooling off in the pond!

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Love this picture of the peacock perched on the fence. So beautiful!

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I don’t know if this one was guarding a nest or what because I didn’t see any other peacock around, but he was intent on making sure everyone knew he was there.

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Putting down his long feathers.  I was surprised how much noise the peacock made with its feathers.  It was noisy when he put them up or down as well as when he was shaking them.  Very interesting to watch and hear it.

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Brina taking a walk with the peacock.

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I have a peacock friend nearby.  He is curious, yet cautious.

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Showing off his big beautiful feathers!

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Trying to get the attention of the female peacock in front of him.  It was neat to see what his feathers looked like from the side angle.

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Still attempting to get the lady peacock to notice him.

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Spinning around, it was interesting seeing what the backside of a peacock looks like when it’s feathers are up.

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Female peacock walking around us.

Hollywild Animal Park Coupon Discount (Free Child’s Admission):

  • Print off the coupon for Free Child’s Admission with purchase of an Adult Admission and bring it to the park with youLimit one per family. $8 Value. This coupon is valid during our Park Season which is open Weekends in March, Daily April through Labor Day, and Weekends from Labor Day through the end of October. Please visit our website for seasonal hours prior to your visit. Coupon not valid during our Holiday Lights Safari Benefit.  Expires: 10/24/2015.

A special thanks to U.S. Family Guide and Hollywild Animal Park for offering a special discount to our readers.  Any specific product information was provided by Hollywild Animal Park and U.S. Family Guide, however, the opinions expressed in this post are our own.  We did receive tickets so our family could visit and share our experience.

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May 28 2015

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 Our family visiting Hollywild Animal Park

Recently our family made a trip across town to visit Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford, South Carolina.  We already had a couple events earlier that day on that side of town so we just drove a little further and spent the afternoon having fun at Hollywild Animal Park.  It was a beautiful day and it was great seeing as well as interacting with the animals.

Even though our girls are twins they have very different interests, however, they both share a interest in anything pertaining to animals.  They love animals so this trip was a lot of fun for them.  All the animals seemed very active which was fascinating to watch that day too.  You could tell they were enjoying the Spring sunshine.  The newborn baby animals were very adorable!

The only problem we had is between my husband and I we took a lot of pictures so it was hard to narrow down some of our favorites.  We consolidated, but will probably highlight Hollywild in a couple posts in order to give you a full view our trip to this fun place.

If you live in the Greenville area you should check out this Hollywild Animal Park if you haven’t already especially if you have kids who enjoy being around animals.  There a good variety of animals and you have opportunities for more interaction with the animals as well.  It’s a great family event to do together.  Not to mention it is educational for the kids.

After spending an afternoon at Hollywild the girls first comments were – “Wow, that was a lot of fun!”  and  “I wished we lived closer so we could go more often!”  The kids give it a big thumbs up!

Here are some of the pictures from the animals we met while at Hollywild Animal Park:

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 The Canadian Geese were very friendly.  This one decided to pose for me.

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 Brina talking with the bird.  She loves all creatures!

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 Karlie found a rock to perch upon.

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 On the run….Karlie doesn’t want to get left behind!

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Jake and his girls by the pond.  Right behind them in the water you could see all kinds of turtles (including Red Eared Sliders like we have at home) and fish swimming around.

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 Beautiful cluster of ducks, the girls tried to get them to say AFLAC (guess that’s one commercial they remember, ha).

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Karlie had to stop and pet the pony!

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Having fun with my girls!

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This little donkey was hoping we had some yummy treats still to share.

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Brina soaking it all in.  She wanted to make sure we didn’t miss any of the animals!

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This Baboon was talking up a storm.

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 He really wanted something on the outside of the cage.  We watched as he grabbed a stick to try and bring the item closer to him so he could grab it with his hand.  He was very determined to get it!

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 Brina petting the pigs.

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 Beautiful iris flowers that caught my attention when I turned to walk to the next animal exhibit.  Makes me think of my Grandma and Jake’s Grandpa.

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Someone’s got a tasty treat and digging in!  It was fascinating to watch him eat.

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Looks like a sharp set of teeth in its mouth!

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Intently watching the other one eat.

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 Pretty bear!

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 This one is getting a little closer!

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 Brina loved petting this super soft dog named Andorra!

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Andorra was enjoying a good petting and laid down so Brina could continue!

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Up on his rock jungle gym.  The girls think we need to build a climbing rock structure for our goats too.  I have a feeling the goats wouldn’t be the only ones climbing around on it though.

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A little one….so cute watching him run after his Mom on long wobbly legs.

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The camel watching us approach!

The camels were featured in the following:

  • Christmas Play – Evangel Cathedral
  • Myrle Beach Christmas Production – Dixie Stampede
  • Living Christmas Tree – Jerry Fallwell Ministries

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More content watching the kids.

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This picture makes me smile…

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Beautiful  Leopard Appaloosa was featured in the following:

  • Movie – The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
  • Many live appearances and promotional events

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So pretty! I think it is hoping for a treat!

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We had a great time at Hollywild Animal Park!

Hollywild Animal Park Coupon Discount (Free Child’s Admission):

  • Print off the coupon for Free Child’s Admission with purchase of an Adult Admission and bring it to the park with youLimit one per family. $8 Value. This coupon is valid during our Park Season which is open Weekends in March, Daily April through Labor Day, and Weekends from Labor Day through the end of October. Please visit our website for seasonal hours prior to your visit. Coupon not valid during our Holiday Lights Safari Benefit.  Expires: 10/24/2015.

A special thanks to U.S. Family Guide and Hollywild Animal Park for offering a special discount to our readers.  Any specific product information was provided by Hollywild Animal Park and U.S. Family Guide, however, the opinions expressed in this post are our own.  We did receive tickets so our family could visit and share our experience.

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