The big bird an Ostrich, whom does not bury it’s head in the sand has my immediate attention. Maybe she thinks she is British, with her calling me to stop, hold up a second, may I have your immediate, yes attention! Please!
Well today, she is much taller than me and yet we seem to see eye to eye with great ease. I thought maybe she wanted to crawl into the car as though to hitch hike onward. A character for sure she happens to be. I am not too sure about her in the moment of time as I see her beak coming towards my face with rather a lot of serious curiosity found within her eyes.
I am a true believer of eye contact but in this moment due to the haze in the air I am without sunglasses, in this particular moment. I have just entered one of the most special places in Texas called, “Fossil Rim Wildlife Center”.
During my foray of about four hours I covered about 1,700 acres of land. Within this acreage there are about 1,100 animals that roam freely in large pasture lands, in near natural conditions. The animals here are managed this way so that they can behave, socialize and reproduce, much as if they were in the wild of their native home land of origins.
Many of the species here, I found are in fact endangered, extinct in the wild, or are succumbing to dwindling populations that require cooperative efforts to ensure their survival.
I find it sad that progress of life and environmental factors have pushed us to have to rescue the wild beasts of nature to protect them. We do need to protect our animal species globally as each is a significant participant in the circle of life.
My experience at Fossil Rim was rather profound as I am an animal lover. I did not go out of my way to draw the attention of the animals and many came to me and made eye contact with such ease. I suffered more licks in my face than I could count. I as well had some very hilarious experiences with some of the animals on full charge to see what I was about and a few with horns also left me ready to drive away but I stayed within, quiet and observant and just watched to see their actions and they looked at me much as I looked at them with wonder. That is a gift in life we forget as adults to be present and fully engrossed in the moment of time at hand.
From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
Some say eat or be eaten
Some say live and let live
But all are agreed as they join the stampede
You should never take more than you give
In the Circle of Life
It’s the wheel of fortune
It’s the leap of faith
It’s the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle, the Circle of Life
Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps the great and small on the endless round
On the path unwinding
In the Circle, the Circle of Life.
For Further information about Fossil Rim Wildlife Center www.fossilrim.org
2299 County Road 2008 Glen Rose, Texas 76043
Animals within Fossil Rim Wildlife Center are from various countries around the world such as Europe, India, Africa , Nepal, Pakistan, Shri Lanka, Egypt, Morocco, Sikkim, Australia, Arabian Peninsula, Northeastern Siberia to name a few.
The Poetic Words within are from the song by Elton John, The Circle of Life.
All Photographs are copyrighted by: Mira Faraday 2011