Middleton Place Stableyards have a number of animals that would have been a working part of 18th and 19th century plantation life. Some of the horses there today work pulling carriages of tourists on tours of the grounds, a relatively easy assignment for animals that were bred to work in the fields.
This late afternoon their dinner was served then they were led back to their pasture under the live oaks for the night.
The horses and other animals, including sheep, hogs, goats, and a number of fowl, are also part of Middleton’s educational programs.
Many of the exhibits at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI, are constructed so that visitors can see at least the faces of the animals without looking through fencing, posts or wires. Presumably these exhibits include those animals unable to escape from these enclosures that take advantage of elevation differences, moats, or an animal’s disability.
However, there is a plexiglas barrier between you and the big cats, making for a tough shot of these leopards piled up together on a rock in the sun.
It was late morning on a warm fall day when we went and many of the animals were resting, but the elephants and giraffes were very actively having lunch.