B. Bryan Wildlife Preserve

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Photo taken by Emilie Raguso

In 2008, B Bryan Preserve in conjuction with B Bryan Wildlife Foundation has over 60 animals, each with their own personal name.

Most of the animals at B Bryan Preserve came from zoo’s or other private organizations. These are not rescue animals. All of the animals are still relatively wild. Each species is in their own seperate large field that is similar to their native habitat. The type of animals they have are not conducive to taming or petting.

Enjoy wildlife such as the Roan Antelope which is one of Africa’s most attractive antelopes. First described 200 years ago, it is now one of the most endangered antelopes in many parts of Africa, despite being one of the most reproductive. They typically weigh between 500-660 pounds with a lifespan of about 17 years. The Roan and Sable antelope breeds are so powerful that they have been known to kill lions and hyenas when attacked.

Also the Greater Kuda is considered to be the most handsome of the tragelaphine antelopes. Kuda are graceful leapers and are capable of leaping 9 feet with little effort. When hunted, if close to water, they will take refuge in it as they are powerful swimmers.

Th Sable Antelope is one of the most impressive antelopes found in Africa. Among its distinctive features are its long horns, some 40-65 inches long. The ringed horns rise vertically, then sweep backwards in a pronounced curve. The horns are found in both sexes, but the males horns are slightly larger and heavier. They weigh between 400-500 pounds and there lifespan is about 20 years.

The Grevy’s Zebra is the largest, wildest and most untamable of the three zebra species remaining in Africa. In recent times, Grevy Zebras have suffered one of the most substantial reductions on the range of any African mammal, leading them to be classified as critically endangered. Presently only 2,000 – 2,500 remain in the wild, restricted to Ethiopia and northern Kenya. They have a lifespan of 40 years in captivity and weigh between 700-950 pounds.

They also have the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra which occupies the rugged broken terrain at the edge of the African plateau east of the Namib Desert. Due to increasing impoverishment of certain groups that poaching has increased rapidly over the last few years. Also, since the zebra offers a relatively large amount of meat, it has become a perferable target of poachers.

Tours: A tour at B. Bryan Preserve is designed to give the visitors and animals plenty of space to roam while allowing for close up viewing. This is not a zoo, but a preserve.

Tours are available by reservation only. The 1 1/2 hour tour cost is $35 per adult and $20 for children 10 and under. Cash or check only; no credit cards. Call us at 707-882-2297 or email at fmello@bbryanpreserve.com , 13o Riverside Drive, Point Arena, Ca. 95468

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