On our way to Tucson, we stopped at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. We stopped here last year for the first time when we visited here and we remember Ava having a good time so we wanted to stop again. We try to instill our love of animals onto our girls and places like these are great places for them to interact and learn about these beautiful creatures first hand.

Here are some photos we took during our visit. The cost is $5 for adults and kids under 7 are free. The $5 entry fee gets you a bucket of feed and a little cup of nectar for the birds.

The Babysitter
Guess who is in charge of babysitting today.

Deers looking for a handout
These deers are probably kept hungry until later in the day because they were in a frenzy when we walked through the gates.

Ava the farmer
Here is Ava getting a little timid about these deers.

Hole in the Wall Gang
This is a new feature that wasn’t here last time. It is quite hilarious how the goats stick their heads through the wall looking for food. The wall make Ava feel more comfortable in feeding them straight out of the cup. She ran back and forth making sure everyone had their fair share of food. There is a video at the bottom of this post of her doing just that.

Feeding a deer
With her embolden bravery while feeding the Hole in the Wall Gang, she wanted to go back to the deers and feed them from the cup. She is not quite comfortable letting them eat out of her hands yet.

No ostrich feeding today
Since it is an Ostrich Ranch, there are obviously ostriches here. But they are notoriously aggressive and can be pretty painful to get a little peck from those big bird beaks. Ava decided to skip on down to the next animal.

Not quite ready to do it
Birds! Marlene’s favorite animals. Ava at first was not quite ready to feed them yet so Marlene showed her how it is done.

Birds on Ava
In no time, she became a pro.

Mila and the bird
Mila, maybe next time you can do it too!

Ava and the Hole in the Wall Gang:

Ava feeding birds:

Until next time, happy trails!

over and out,


David Neel · February 7, 2010 at 8:08 am

Sure enjoy reading your blog. Godspeed on your trip and give us a ping if you need us to check on anything while you’re on the road.

David, Ari, Willie and Oreo Jr.

dan · February 8, 2010 at 12:49 am

Thanks David for your offer! Hopefully we have things covered at home but you just never know. Hope all is well with you and your family!

Mali Mish - An Airstream Travel Blog. » Blog Archive » Day 56: Del Boca Vista, Butterfly World and the Easter Bunny. · April 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

[…] Aside from butterflies and hummingbirds, there are also lots of lorikeets that you can feed at Butterfly World. At the beginning of our trip, we visited another lorikeet aviary and Ava really enjoyed feeding them at the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in Picacho, Arizona. […]

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