By Megan P Galope
If you’ve ever driven the stretch of I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, you’ve undoubtedly passed the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. Most people don’t stop to see what it’s all about. I think they’re missing out.
I’ve stopped a few times over the years, and each time it seems to have grown. For a small fee, you can hand feed numerous animals. It’s also a great place to practice your photography!
Currently, the ranch hosts miniature donkeys, fallow deer, parakeets, Boer goats, ostriches (of course!), St. Croix sheep, Nigerian dwarf goats, bunnies, Pekin ducks, rainbow lorikeets, stingrays, and diving ducks.
I found it a bit difficult to photograph the animals while feeding them myself, so I would recommend bringing a friend to assist. Plus, I’m all for introducing new people to the ranch. It’s a great way to break up the long drive between Phoenix and Tucson!
Megan Galope is a Volunteer Photo Guide with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes