Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee, FL – Courtesy of Shutterstock – Image by mariakray
Offering a one-on-one experience with exotic animals since 1967, and rumored to be the first-ever cage-free zoo in the United States, Lion Country Safari has been officially named the nation’s fifth-best safari park in the “10” from USA Today. Best readers choice poll 2022.
The rankings were released on Friday.
A wide panel of travel and zoo experts, in addition to several top 10 editors, compiled the top 20 list. The final 10 were then chosen by popular vote.
According to Lion Country Safari’s public relations and social media manager, Haley McCann-Gonzalez, this is a major step forward for the park as it ranked eighth in last year’s poll.
The number one poll was obtained by the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska.
Here is the rest of the top 5:
- Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Neb.
- Nature in Cumberland, Ohio
- Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, Colorado.
- Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, Arizona.
- Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida.
When it opened over 50 years ago, Lion Country Safari was a pioneer in the world of zoos, bringing a new concept to zoology and tourism. It gave families the opportunity to go on an African safari for a fraction of the expense and time.
From humble beginnings, the park now offers sights of over 1,000 species of wildlife from six continents, including giraffes, lions, ostriches, zebras, wildebeests, rhinos, chimpanzees, greater kudus , impala, water buffalo and white-handed gibbon, on nearly 600 acres.
Free-ranging, Lion Country Safari’s zebra population is the largest in the United States
Although not the number one in the country, the park’s herd of giraffes is recognized as one of the largest.
The park is known all over the world, even at the North Pole. On his annual trip around the world in December, Santa stops at Lion Country Safari to distribute gifts to chimpanzees, an annual event that guests can take part in.
The park engages in various conservation activities and about 35 breeding programs (known as species survival plans) for endangered species such as rhino, zebra, oryx and siamang, in addition to providing visitors a glimpse of these creatures in a natural environment. setting.
As wild populations plummet and face extinction, these projects help ensure the survival of a healthy and sustainable population of human-supported endangered species, enabling facilities such as Lion Country Safari to operate. like lifeboats or figurative arches. The caring park staff have been here for hundreds of births, from wildebeest to wild donkeys.
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