Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Red Rock Wildlife

Alrighty, as promised here is a post! It only took me about 2 months to write one, not bad! :) Todd and I were out running errands one day and passed by the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines and decided to stop in and walk around. It is a quiet mall, but nice and we enjoyed walking around it. There is quite a range of stores there, from Old Navy, a store to buy scrubs in every color imaginable, to this place....
The Red Rock Wildlife Education Center! We were just walking past and all of a sudden we saw live animals in there! I've heard of snakes on a plane, but snakes in a mall?? It's true my friends! So we had to investigate further. We went through a row of plastic flaps that reminded me of walking around the Stouffer's warehouse with my mom when I was little.... Anyway there were cages all around the room with different kinds of wolves, coyotes, a cougar!, and we didn't see it that day but they have a bear! It's not a huge location but it's perfect to take your wee ones there for a mini field trip to see some great animals! They have live shows every couple of hours, you can go here for more information and contact info. It's "free" to go but they suggest a $1 donation per person, so it's easy on the wallet and the money goes toward funding the center so it's for a good cause. It's great for kids, even the younger ones, to get up close and personal with some of our animal friends! It was a fun little surprise and we were glad we stumbled upon it.