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Plants: Gardens: Field Exhibits

It takes a truly tough plant to stand its ground out in the Safari Park's vast Field Exhibits. Survival here is not for the weak of pith. Ever-browsing giraffes strip off leaves, burly rhinos gouge bark as they sharpen their horns, antelope herds pack the earth around struggling roots, and rambunctious bonobos gleefully break branches. Yet despite this abuse, the Field Exhibit trees (pepper, oak, and acacia) still provide shade and protection to the Park's animal inhabitants. Of course they do get a little help from their friends, which is why you'll see some of them sporting protective wiring and covers provided by the horticulture staff.

Not all of these trees are native to the habitats the Park represents, but they have been chosen for their ability to withstand extremes of heat and cold, as well as arid conditions.