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Aruba’s Ostrich Farm

Here’s a photo from my recent trip to Aruba’s Ostrich Farm. Ostriches are not native to Aruba, but the climate is perfect for these large birds. I didn’t know what to expect when my buddy suggested we pay a visit, but we had a great time.

Some facts about the Ostrich:

  1. Ostriches are the largest and the heaviest birds in the world.
  2. They cannot fly.
  3. The ostrich is the world’s fastest running bird. They can run at up to 43 miles per hour and they can beat most land animals, including the leopard.
  4. They don’t stick their heads in the sand. They just duck when they sense danger.
  5. An ostrich’s brain is smaller than one of its eyes. They aren’t real bright, but they have terrific eyesight.

Take the tour. It’s well worth your time. Our tour guide was informative and he had a great sense of humor. You can feed the ostriches, see some new born birds, and see a few emus, which are close cousins to the ostrich.

The food in the Savanna Lodge was excellent. I wasn’t adventurous enough to try Ostrich meat-I went for the Farmer’s Pie. By the way, you’ll be happy to know that they do not slaughter any ostriches from the farm. The meat is imported from Africa. The restaurant is designed to look like an African lodge, and they pull it off.  We went in the middle of the day, but the outdoor seating area was cool and comfortable. It was built without walls to take advantage of the trade winds, with a palm thatched roof to provide shade.

There is a gift shop with more ostrich themed stuff than you ever knew existed.

Best of all, the staff are wonderful, friendly people.

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