Fort Polk Guardian 01-04-2019

Viewpoint 2/ The Guardian , a civilian enter- prise newspaper, is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Guardian are not necessarily official views of, or en- dorsed by, the U.S. Government, De- partment of Defense, Department of the Army or Fort Polk. The Guardian is published weekly by the Public Affairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. Printed circulation is 13,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage with- out regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation of this policy of equal opportunity by an ad- vertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. 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Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Information strategies officer Chuck Cannon Editor Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Trading post ads: Fort Polk Homepage Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, "What do you feel is your greatest strength?" Here are their responses: Guardian Jan. 4, 2019 FOLSOM, La. — Going to and supporting a zoo can be rewarding, but there’s something special about seeing an animal run free instead of behind bars. The Global Wildlife Center is the largest totally free-roaming wildlife preserve of its kind in the country. Located on La. Hwy 40 in Folsom, GWC is home to more than 4,000 ex- otic, endangered and threatened ani- mals from all over the world. The center is northeast of Baton Rouge. You will experience a little bit of Africa in Louisiana as you enjoy a one hour and 15 minute guided sa- fari wagon tour through 900 acres of Louisiana countryside, complete with 12 ponds and a lake. You can even enhance your expe- rience by feeding the animals. A 32- ounce souvenir cup is $2. A family bucket is $30. Some of the animals you might feed while coming face to face on the tour include free-roaming bison, gi- raffes, zebras, camels, elands and more. The reticulated giraffes at the cen- ter are considered gentle giants, which is no surprise considering they have the largest heart of any land mammal. Their hearts can weigh up to 25 pounds! Global Wildlife’s family of reticulated gi- raffes is growing, but not as quickly as the babies. At birth, giraffes weigh 150 pounds and can be up to 6 feet tall. On average, giraffes are 15-18 feet tall and their tongues are 18-20 inches long. Visitors love it when the giraffes snake their tongues into a waiting feed cup. The Bactrian camels are amazing to see. There are less than 1,000 wild Bactrian camels left in the Gobi Desert, Asia, and they are recognized as a critically endangered species. Bactrian camels are identifiable by their two humps, which can weigh up to 25 pounds per hump. These humps contain fat, which can be turned into energy or water when sustenance is not available. Discover American bison at the center. There were 30 million bison roaming the Americas before the Eu- ropeans settled here. By 1900, there were only about 1,000 bison surviv- ing. Through extensive conservation efforts, the population of bison has risen to 500,000. Bison is a Greek word that means “ox-like animal.” Bison are the largest mammal en- demic to North America. The bison at Global like to wallow (in the dirt) to deter biting flies and help them shed their fur. Guided wagon tour ticket prices for people age 12-61 are $19 per per- son. Tickets for seniors older than 62 are $17 per person. Tickets for chil- dren ages 2-11 are $13 per person and ages 1 and under get in free. Tickets for the safari wagon tour are sold on a first come, first served basis and are not sold in advance, online or over the phone. Plan to arrive on the grounds at least two hours before your tour check-in time. On busy days, tours may sell out hours before check-in. Tour times are updated every Fri- day and only one week at a time is advertised. Saturday and Sunday tours take place at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. The center is open seven days a week year-long. Call (985) 796-3585 for safari check–in times and avail- ability. For more information call 985-624- 9453 or visit www.globalwildlife. com . GLOBAL WILDLIFE CENTER Take walk on wild side at Global Wildlife Center Jacob Conrad: "I think I'm a pretty decent leader. I try to bring people to- gether and get the job done." Demi Aisuebeo- gun: "Helping peo- ple, even if I don't know them. Every- one needs help every once in a while. It's a way to give back." Darius Riggins: "My resiliency. I have a lot of things in my life that could have taken me out but I didn't let them. Now I have a suc- cessful military ca- reer." Clarissa McElroy: "Tolerance. I have always tried to lis- ten to both sides of an issue and If I have a different opinion than some- one else, I try to re- spect that by show- ing tolerance in a positive way." For advertising contact Theresa Larue (337) 404-7242 Email: