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Submitted photo Getting to view animals such as lions up close was pretty stunning, Ron and Jewel Wacker said.

Local travelers experience African safari

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Lions, elephants and cheetahs, oh my.

Some local travelers recently got up close and personal with animals most people can only see at a zoo.

Carol Anderson of Perham and Ron and Jewel Wacker of New York Mills just returned from a two-week excursion to Tanzania in eastern Africa.

The group got the idea to take the unique trip from Anderson, who had previously visited Tanzania, and had lived in the country for five months in 2003 following her retirement.

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