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These Tule Elk, photographed this week, can be seen at the Wind Wolves Preserve. This photo was taken by Tara Douhan, lead naturalist at Wind Wolves Preserve.

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These Tule Elk, photographed this week, can be seen at the Wind Wolves Preserve. This photo was taken by Tara Douhan, lead naturalist at Wind Wolves Preserve.

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These Tule Elk, photographed this week, can be seen at the Wind Wolves Preserve. This photo was taken by Tara Douhan, lead naturalist at Wind Wolves Preserve.

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These Tule Elk, photographed this week, can be seen at the Wind Wolves Preserve. This photo was taken by Tara Douhan, lead naturalist at Wind Wolves Preserve.

Bakersfield might not have reindeer, but we have the next best thing -- native Tule Elk that can be viewed up close and personal.

You can explore Wind Wolves, a 95,000-acre nature preserve and see amazing wildlife at this beautiful tucked-away paradise 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield.

The preserve is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. free of charge.

For more information, call 858-1115, visit http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html, or like the preserve on Facebook to view awesome Tule Elk videos.

Tara Douhan is the lead naturalist at Wind Wolves Preserve.