In reality, it was Sylmar.
So, Sylmar is about 10 minutes north of Burbank, not far at all and there is this place, in the middle of a residential neighborhood that has all of these rescued animals…animals that wouldn’t survive in the wild due to their history, animals that you can look at right up close!
I dropped my daughter off at the party and came back to Burbank to pick up my son, whom I knew would LOVE it.
It’s not cheap for how small the facility is, but the funds go directly to taking care of these animals, which is quite costly, as you can imagine.
The glory of the intimacy of the space is that there are really a handful of animals to look at, so you can just watch. As a matter of fact, many of the animals were kept illegally as pets and are therefore, gentle and somewhat domesticated.
You can schedule a family visit where you can actually spend some time inside their exhibits and touch some of the animals.
It’s truly a place to get up close and learn about a few amazing creature in our world.
In closing, I’m going to show you a video. This video comes with WARNING: Viewer Discretion Advised! All I’m going to say is that I have impeccable timing when it comes to finding animals doing what they would do in the wild (someday I’ll tell you about the Zebras at the LA Zoo), but until then, please enjoy this video of two tortoises doing what they do best…for hours.
P.S. I told my son and daughter tortoises like to play “leap frog” but because they’re so slow, it takes a very long time for one to pass the other.