Posts Tagged ‘animals’
Our Los Angeles Tour Guests are Always Safe
Our readers here at the Elite Adventure Tours blogsite as well as our private Los Angeles tour guests understand that Los Angeles is situated in a basin surrounded by forested mountains. There are pathways known only to the animal kingdom connecting the mountains and forests with the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park (one of the largest urban parks in the country). In Hollywood as we travel up to see the Hollywood Sign or visit the stars’ homes in the hills we might occasionally catch a glimpse of a coyote, raccoon, skunk or deer. Mountain lion? Never. Black bear? Never. Rattlesnake? Never. Are these wild animals around? Perhaps. Most stay far from human feet and hide during the day. If we are in the hills very early in the morning or at dusk we might cross paths with the smaller beasts. If our guests really want to see creatures, besides the Los Angeles Zoo and the Aquarium of the Pacific (in Long Beach), we suggest a yacht tour to see the wild dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions and at this time of year, the whales. Now, a wild pack of paparazzi, that we might see at any time!
A Real Treat for Los Angeles Tour Guests Visiting the L.A. Zoo
As much effort as we put into our photography on each private Los Angeles tour we do, we can only dream of capturing this kind of image. Stan Milkowski so beautifully frames the regal bearing of Hubert and Kalisa who just recently moved to Southern California to take up the position of king and queen of the Los Angeles Zoo. If this photograph is not a perfect couples headshot to impress Hollywood, we do not know what is. Since we have not had any of our custom tour groups over to the zoo since the lion pair’s arrival we had to find photos to share in this announcement. Another one we like is this one by Martha Means. Hubert and Kalisa are 15 years old and came to live in Los Angeles from Seattle. We expect to see them often this summer as our family tours are certain to want to explore the zoo, the Autry Museum and nearby Traveltown.
Some Stars Our Private Tour Sees Are Animals
There is a giant parkland (Griffith Park) and undeveloped mountain sides adjacent to Hollywood so it really is no wonder that wildlife flourishes close by the movie cameras. This coyote is a good example and a great photograph for our tour guests who found themselves so close to this very healthy looking animal up near the Hollywood Sign. But not for long. After posing for closeups and satisfying her curiosity about us she was away on coyote business down the hill.
An Animal Tour on Santa Catalina Island
We are a pet friendly luxury tour company (check out our “K9” tour) and find ourselves with animal lovers aboard our tour vehicles all the time. Taking our groups 25 miles offshore from Los Angeles to Catalina Island gives us other opportunties to enjoy animals and pets. For instance, the buffalo roaming the plains of the islands. The herd has been a feature of the island for almost 100 years. Brought over for the filming of a Zane Grey novel (he was a longtime resident of the island) they have remained ever since. The Catalina Island Conservancy maintains the herd at 150 head, a count determined to be healthy for both the animals and the island.
Catalina Island has settled history as long as that of Los Angeles, its neighbor city on the mainland. With that history comes the need for families to inter their beloved pets. An informal pet cemetery has arisen over all those years that is a regular stop for visitors hiking the island. With humor and love animal companions are memorialized in this plot of land.
We often see cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) and pinnipeds (seals, sea lions) as we travel back and forth to the island either on our low flying helicopter or by private yacht and you never know what might pop up as we enjoy the zipline ecotour of the island. For animal lovers we can offer a Catalina Island visit as a way to satisfy your interest.
The Wildlife of Los Angeles from Our Private Tour
Despite its large human population (almost 4 million people in 500 square miles), Los Angeles is bordered by mountains and coastline and has a great deal of open space where the deer and the coyotes all play. We often encounter these animal denizens of the metropolis on our private Los Angeles tour, particularly when we travel early in the day or find ourselves up in the park areas as the sun is setting. Deer and coyotes, of course, but raccoons, skunks, and possums are regularly seen and noted critters as we ride around Lake Hollywood (above) and Griffith Park. Bobcats are very rare but there. Bears make the news here all the time, especially nearer the San Gabriel Mountains but we have not crossed paths (luckily!). We have yet to espy a mountain lion (Beverly Hills cougars don’t count). Large birds including peacocks and parrots, once pets, now somehow free and becoming nuisance noise makers can be seen in many neighborhoods. And, let’s not forget the ocean creatures easily seen on our helicopter tours, the porpoises, seals, sea lions, whales and occasional large shark. Yes, there are all sorts of animals to be seen on a private luxury tour with us, not just the odd creatures on Hollywood Boulevard.
As long as we are talking about wildlife, permit us to mention our special helicopter tour to Wildlife Waystation, a wonderful gourmet picnic lunch visit to this marvelous facility near Los Angeles that rescues desperate animals from all around the world.