Safari Wilderness Ranch offers a wild time

Lakeland, FLA.- Safari Wilderness Ranch welcomes people to take a tour to see a variety of animals from around the world and to be educated about these animals through personal interactions. The Ranch’s family friendly atmosphere and interactive activities provide visitors with a hands-on experience aimed at raising awareness about the animals both at the ranch and in the wild.

“We really want to see people come out here, and see these animals and make the connection.” said J.J., an employee at Safari Wilderness. “And then whenever it’s time to protect these animals in the wild and keep them from disappearing, they’re more apt to do that if they’ve come out here and made a connection themselves.”

Children are an important audience for the ranch. During the springtime, many field trips are brought to the Safari for tours and to educate the children about the animals.

“They seem to really enjoy it. We are very kid friendly.” J.J. said.

The employees at Safari Wilderness also continue learning more about the animals by observing them in their natural habitats and by sharing information with each other.

“It was a first time experience for me, out here with the water buffalo.” said Devon, the newest employee at Safari Wilderness.

Tours are given through the visitor’s choice of vehicle, horse-drawn carriage or camel rides, according to the website.

Private tours are also available for a more one-on-one learning experience. All tours are reservation only and tours run at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. Reservations can be made on the Safari Wilderness website.

The Safari also hosts special events like birthday parties, baby showers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Christenings, graduation parties and more that can be booked on the website.


Photo courtesy of Safari Wilderness

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Young dreamer changes her life after a Christmas gift

Amanda Fernandez always knew that she was going to be a professional in the beauty industry. She achieved this dream by owning her salon 23.

The business has been open since June 28.

“I think I was really destined to be in this beauty industry,” Fernandez said. “I remember putting on my mom’s bras and walking in their heels, putting lipsticks all over my face.”

It all came true after a family member wanted to help her get on her feet. He invested in her and the studio.

“I just immediately started crying because it is always something I dreamed of, but I never thought at 23 that I would have been able to do that,” Fernandez said.

Bombshell’s Beauty Studio differs from other local salons because Fernandez uses social media to connect with her clients, including Periscope to live record working on their hair.

The name of the studio was inspired by the look Fernandez wanted her clients to have when they leave the salon. She said women do not realize how beautiful they are.

“When they leave here, I want them to leave feeling like a total bombshell,” Fernandez said. “I want them to say, ‘I look good. I’m gonna go home, and my husband is going to take me on a date.'”