Close Encounters of the Bird Kind - OstrichLand USA
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
As many of you already know, we're a family of serious animal lovers! That's why I was so excited to learn about Ostrichland USA while researching fun stops on our way to Long Beach, CA. Near downtown Solvang (another fun Central California stop), is an Ostrich Ranch that allows the public to have a hand in feeding these beautiful, giant birds!
Admission to Ostrichland USA is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12, making it a very affordable stop and a great way to stretch your legs after a long drive! The cost of the food is $1 per bowl. The food goes fast, so I definitely recommend getting one bowl per person.
Once we paid for admission and food, we were directed through the back and greeted by the Ostriches. These guys are huge, quick, and ready to eat, so watch your fingers! There's no petting allowed of course, but being able to feed these guys allowed us to get a rare, up-close view of these awesome creatures!
The birds here are well cared for by a knowledgable staff (two were even hand-raised in the store!), and have plenty of space to run wild. No bird is forced to the fence, and you'll see many wandering freely out on the property.
Fun Fact: Contrary to popular belief, Ostriches don't actually bury their heads in the sand. They do however lay low if a predator approaches, resting their head against the sand. Perhaps that's how the myth began!
We were really able to feel their strength as they grabbed at the food (you will definitely need to use two hands to hold the bowl), as well as fully appreciate their size while they stood so near to us. The kids were quite enthralled...ok, ok we all were!
We were excited to find out that a part of the ranch houses Emus as well. These birds are unique in appearance and make an interesting vocalization if you listen closely! We were able to feed them as well.
There are plenty of learning opportunities, as well as photo ops, to complete the experience! We were able to hold an Ostrich egg in the gift shop, pose in front of beautifully-painted wings, and learn some fun facts from the employees.
If you plan on visiting Ostrichland USA, their hours are 9am 6pm daily and feeding is usually open throughout the day, but on busier days it may be restricted at times to prevent overfeeding. Check out www.ostrichlandusa.com for more information!
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