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Portrait of Rene


Renee worked at the Indian Point Ostrich Ranch, which unfortunately will be closed by time you read this. The Ranch was located in Tehachapi, California, USA. Rene, a staff guide, was very proud of their celebrity ostrich, Ralph, 25 years old, who had been on the Discovery Channel several times now. The lifespan of an ostrich is about 75 years. The owner had Ralph since he was a hatchling.  I didn’t get a picture of him, but I did get one of his current mate, below.

Rene had been, “on the Ostrich Ranch, off and on, for maybe about 2 years.” Renee enjoyed giving tours, which included Ostriches’s of all ages, Incubating Ostriches and Juvenile Ostriches. She loved working with the birds because “it’s not often that you get to see the largest bird in the whole wide world with the largest eyes.” She gave tours and when she told people about them they said, “Oh my!”

Rene was not originally from Tehachapi, but from San Gabriel Valley, California and she had a second home in Mammoth Lakes, California because she was an avid skier. She had been a professional project manager before she retired and dabbled in the theater. After retirement, she moved to Tehachapi and came to work at the Ostrich Ranch. “It’s the perfect retirement job,” she said.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Rene with a nameless Juvenile Ostrich

Rene with Ralph’s current mate, 20 year old Peggy.