Alachua County residents engage with wildlife animals for Thanksgiving safari

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – For two hours, Alachua County residents had the chance to go on a Thanksgiving safari Friday.

The Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville held two tours showcasing more than 100 animals and 30 different rare and endangered species.

The tours included 'big cat' feeding demonstrations, warthog races and interaction with some of the animals.

Kaitlyn Gvozden, a Carson Springs tour guide, said the animals also benefit from this event.

"It's a really amazing experience for, not only the people that come here but also the animals themselves. It's really good engagement for them, and it's really fun for the keepers too," Gvozden said. "It gets people engaged, it gets people talking, and of course we love what we do here so it's really fun to share that and bring that to people as well."

The Thanksgiving tours will continue Saturday at both 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are offered through an appointment only Monday through Friday.