(last car admitted into the preserve at 4:30PM)
West Palm Beach, FL –Lion Country Safari ranked among the top 10 safari parks in the United States by the USA Today’s “10Best” Readers' Choice contest. Ranked by popular vote, supporters chose from 20 of the top nominated wildlife parks selected by experts in the zoo and travel field. Lion Country Safari is the only park in Florida to be named among the top 10 safari parks and has earned a spot on the list four years in a row.
The list, released on June 4th, 2021 on 10best.com, ranks the top 10 parks to view exotic and endangered species from around the world. Lion Country Safari has been bringing the safari experience to families from across the country and across the world since 1967. Lion Country Safari is also unique in that the park not only displays animals in large herds, as many safari and wildlife parks do, but is also currently home to the largest herd of zebra on record in the western hemisphere, one of the largest herds of giraffe in the United States, and a large herd of rhinos with a long history of breeding success.
Read more here: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-safari-park/
Lion Country Safari is Florida’s largest drive-through safari and is home to over 1,000 animals, including some of the world’s iconic species roaming wide open natural habitats in large herds. Lion Country Safari continuously strives to be a leader in animal care, conservation, and education to inspire meaningful connections with wildlife. For more information, please call the main office at (561) 793-1084 or visit us online at www.lioncountrysafari.com.
3 Attractions…3 Months of Fun…1 Price!
THE ‘SUMMER SAVINGS PASS’ IS BACK!
Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Zoo Miami
to offer popular unlimited admission pass beginning May 10, 2021.
West Palm Beach, FL– May 6, 2021 - Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Zoo Miami will be offering a ‘Summer Savings Pass’ for the eleventh year in a row. The Summer Savings Pass will give pass holders unlimited admission (with reservations*) to all three attractions throughout the summer! 3 Attractions…3 Months of Fun…1 Low Price.
The Summer Savings Pass will be available for purchase at each of the participating parks, beginning on May 10, 2021, and will be valid for admission to each of the attractions until August 31, 2021. At $59.99 plus tax, per adult and $49.99 plus tax, per child (ages 3-12), this pass grants unlimited admission through August 31, 2021 to Lion Country Safari, Miami Seaquarium, and Zoo Miami. Annual Pass holders of these attractions will be eligible to purchase this pass for only $34.99 plus tax, per adult, and $24.99 plus tax, per child. For more information on the Summer Savings Pass, visit www.summersavingspass.com
Please check individual attraction websites for hours, reservations* and any park amenities that may have been temporarily affected by COVID-19.
Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari, located in West Palm Beach, is a four-mile drive-through safari with over 1,000 animals (including giraffe, zebra, rhinos, lions, wildebeests, and more) roaming free, within inches of your vehicle. Admission includes entry to Safari World Adventure Park with animal habitats, encounters (giraffe feeding, bird feeding and petting zoo), rides, water spray ground, shopping, food, and thrills. Lion Country Safari is located on Southern Boulevard (SR80), just 15 miles west of I-95/10 miles west of the Turnpike. The park is open daily. For more information, call (561) 793-1084 or visit www.LionCountrySafari.com
Enjoy amazing marine mammal shows with dolphins and sea lions that delight children of all ages. Make a feathered friend at the new Penguin Isle exhibit and even get the chance to meet them! See world-class sea life exhibits with manatees, sea turtles, penguins, rays and more. Learn about wildlife rescue and marine animal care at the Conservation Outpost. Plus, there is no greater thrill than getting in the water with the friendly, intelligent and graceful dolphins at Dolphin Harbor. Connect up close and personal…and become friends for life!
Miami Seaquarium is minutes from downtown Miami, on the Rickenbacker Causeway, on the way to Key Biscayne. The park is opened daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information or to book a dolphin interaction experience, call (305) 365-2501 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com
Travel the world in one day by foot, on a safari cycle or on a tram tour! With almost 750 acres and 4 miles of walkways, Zoo Miami is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species. From jaguars in the Amazon, tigers in Asia, to koalas in Australia and crocodiles here in our very own backyard–the Florida Everglades-a trip to Zoo Miami will transport you around the globe. Don’t forget to visit the Conservation Action Center, a new indoor interactive exhibit where you can crawl through a “python” to learn about invasive species, whack out environmental threats in “Habitat Whack A Mole” or race to scoop the “poop” in a composting game. Plus, enjoy water play areas and up-close animal encounters and feedings!
Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street: Miami, FL 33177. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.zoomiami.org or call (305) 251-0400.
West Palm Beach, FL – On Saturday, April 17th, 2021, Lion Country Safari welcomed a baby Plains zebra to its herd. The foal is the first born to the herd this year. The foal and mom are spending quality time together and are visible to guests from their cars in the Hwange section of the safari, along with the rest of the zebra herd. Lion Country Safari is one of only a few drive-through safari experiences in the United States.
Plains zebra are listed as Near Threatened with a decreasing population by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Of the three species of zebra (Plains, Mountain, and Grevy’s), the Plains zebra is the most abundant, but all 3 species are in peril due mostly to poaching and habitat loss. Lion Country Safari is home to largest herd of zebra on record in the United States with nearly 60 zebra under its care.
West Palm Beach, FL –On Friday, February 5th, Lion Country Safari’s chimpanzees will share their pick for the winners of Super Bowl LV. The park’s chimpanzees will have an opportunity to select between bright, colorful enrichments representing the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As the chimpanzees shift from one island to the next around 11:00a.m., they will race to grab their favorite items and predict by popularity the winner of this year’s Super Bowl.
Lion Country Safari has an exceptional enrichment program, with animals receiving mentally and/or physically stimulating food, items, or activities daily. By providing the animals in their care with this enrichment, the park can provide holistic care for the animals. “We truly believe that happy animals are healthy animals, here at Lion Country Safari,” says Brian Dowling, Wildlife Director. Part of the fun of enrichments is providing variety, with enrichments often being themed around major holidays and events. The Super Bowl provides a great opportunity to enhance the enrichment program and join in on the fun.
The chimpanzees look forward to their enrichments daily, especially enrichments such as the papier-mâché Super Bowl-themed items, which provide opportunities for them to forage or tear open the boxes. “We know that they’re really happy because chimpanzees express their emotions in a variety of ways—happiness, for example, is often conveyed through smiles, enthusiastic hugs, and loud vocalizations called ‘pant hoots,’” says Curator of Conservation, Research, and Chimpanzees Dr. Tina Cloutier Barbour.
Chimpanzees, currently classified as endangered due to a population decrease across Africa, face a number of threats to their existence. Habitat loss, disease, and wildlife trafficking are all major contributing factors to the species’ decline. Lion Country Safari is a proud participant in both the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Chimpanzee Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) programs; Dr. Tina Cloutier Barbour serves as the Chimp SSP coordinator and the Chimp SAFE program leader for these Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) programs. SSP and SAFE programs allow zoos to care for healthy, genetically viable populations of threatened animals and focus the combined expertise within AZA-accredited facilities to save species.
West Palm Beach, FL – On Saturday, January 30th, 2021, baby Southern white rhino, Elna, will turn one year old. To celebrate this milestone birthday, staff at Lion Country Safari will set out treats and enrichments in the drive-through safari for her and the herd. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to watch the festivities and are also welcome to write birthday messages to her on their vehicles with non-toxic window markers.
At birth, Elna weight approximately 100 pounds (45kg). Park officials estimate her current weight to be 1,100 pounds (499kg).
In honor of Elna’s birthday, Lion Country Safari is selling paint print magnets, with proceeds supporting conservation efforts to save rhinos in the wild. These magnets were created using a similar method to rhino mud baths, with keepers smearing non-toxic children’s paint on Elna’s skin instead of mud. Magnets are available for a limited time at Lion Country Safari’s outdoor gift shop.
Of the five species of rhinos (White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan), the white rhino is the most abundant, but all 5 species are in peril due mostly to poaching. The Southern White Rhino is the only species of rhino that eats just grasses; the others also browse on trees and shrubs.
Lion Country Safari is home to 14 White Rhinos – 10 females and 3 males and is a proud participant of the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program of the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SSP ensures that a genetically sound population of White Rhinos survives should threats worsen in the wild.
For more information on rhinos, visit the International Rhino Foundation: http://www.rhinos.org and Save the Rhinos www.savetherhino.org.
West Palm Beach – Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has awarded Lion Country Safari’s KOA campground its highest accolades, the KOA President’s Award and the KOA Founder’s Award for 2021. Lion Country Safari’s campground exhibits the highest levels of guest service and satisfaction and allows campers to get a feel for sleeping in the wild, right next door to Lion Country Safari’s drive-through preserve. Guests staying at the campground can sleep to the sounds of nighttime Africa, including the whoop of gibbons and the roar of lions. Lion Country Safari’s KOA will reopen for RV, tent and cabin reservations on January 8th, 2021.
About the KOA President’s Award:
“The KOA President’s Award is proudly presented to KOA campgrounds that excel in providing great camping facilities and consistently high levels of guest service. Chosen by KOA’s camping guests through satisfaction surveys and KOA’s own stringent quality inspection, recipients of the President’s Award are dedicated to providing great KOA camping.”
About the KOA Founder’s Award:
“Dave Drum, founder of Kampgrounds of America, was an extraordinary visionary and dreamer. The recipients of KOA’s premiere achievement, the KOA Founder’s Award, share Dave’s dream of providing the highest quality camping facilities while exceeding KOA guests’ expectations. As leaders in outdoor hospitality, KOA Founder’s Award recipients embody Dave’s vision of a KOA Nation providing excellence for generations of campers.”
Lion Country Safari KOA campground opened in November 1983 as a full-service campground with 230 sites including cabins, pull through sites and tent sites. Lion Country Safari is Florida’s largest drive-through safari and is home to over 1,000 animals, including some of the world’s most iconic species roaming wide open natural habitats in large herds. Lion Country Safari strives to be a leader in animal care, conservation, and education to inspire meaningful connections. For more information, please call the main office at (561) 793-1084, the KOA campground at 561-793-9797, or visit us online at www.lioncountrysafari.com.
West Palm Beach – On Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:30a.m., Lion Country Safari will celebrate its annual Christmas with the Chimps. During this event, Santa delivers presents by boat to the park’s chimpanzees. This year, Christmas with the Chimps is being offered as a premium experience with limited capacity and requires advance registration. Attending guests are permitted out of their vehicles in the last section of the preserve to join in the festivities. A portion of the proceeds from each reservation will be donated to support conservation efforts to help save chimps in the wild.
For the 36th year, Santa Claus has taken a hiatus from the North Pole to deliver gifts including edible treats, stuffed animals, clothes and enrichment-themed activities to the chimps. “Our chimpanzee residents really look forward to our annual Christmas with the Chimps event. They know that Santa and our Lion Country Safari guests will be visiting them when they see us start to set up Observation Island the day prior to the event, and they get so excited! We know that they’re really happy because chimpanzees express their emotions in a variety of ways—happiness, for example, is often conveyed through smiles, enthusiastic hugs, and loud vocalizations called ‘pant hoots.’ You’ll see plenty of these natural chimpanzee behaviors during our annual Christmas with the Chimps event, so come out and visit us on safari!,” says Curator of Conservation, Research, and Chimpanzees Dr. Tina Cloutier Barbour.
This year, Lion Country Safari is also working with Little Smiles charity to host a family for the event. “Little Smiles helps heal hearts and create little smiles by providing gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness, or tragedy.” Learn more about Little Smiles at littlesmilesfl.org.
Chimpanzees, currently classified as endangered due to a population decrease across Africa, face a number of threats to their existence, including the deforestation and mining associated with coltan production. Coltan is a mineral mined by hand in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is used in phones, tablets, and other small electronics. In celebration of Christmas with the Chimps, Lion Country Safari has offered 4 complimentary event admissions to a member of the community who donated the most cell phones and small electronics. Lion Country Safari will see that these electronics are recycled so the coltan can be reused, thereby slowing the rate of deforestation of great ape habitat!
West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari is pleased to welcome two additional male lions to the safari. Boone and Vander (both 6 years old) relocated from the North Carolina Zoo in late September to join Lion Country Safari’s pride of lions. Following their arrival, Boone and Vander have spent some time acclimating and are getting to know the other lions through a monitored introduction process. Boone and Vander are now visible to the public in the lion habitat intermittently.
Lion Country Safari is home to 11 African lions. African lions are currently listed as Vulnerable, with populations having been severely diminished in the past 25 years, due largely to habitat loss. Lion Country Safari is proud to support lion conservation and to participate in several of AZA’s Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) programs to save species.
West Palm Beach, FL –Lion Country Safari ranked among the top 10 safari parks in the United States by the USA Today’s “10Best” Reader’s Choice contest. Ranked by popular vote, supporters chose from 20 of the top nominated wildlife parks selected by experts in the zoo and travel field. Lion Country Safari is the only park in Florida to be named among the top 10 safari parks.
The list, released on July 17, 2020 on 10best.com, ranks the top 10 parks to view exotic and endangered species from around the world. Lion Country Safari has been bringing the safari experience to families from across the country and across the world since 1967. Lion Country Safari is also unique in that the park not only displays animals in large herds, as many safari and wildlife parks do, but is also currently home to the largest herd of zebra on record in the western hemisphere, one of the largest herds of giraffe in the United States, and a large herd of rhinos with a long history of breeding success.
Read more here: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-safari-park-2020/
Lion Country Safari is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the largest drive-through safari in Florida. Guests can see over 1,000 animals on 320 acres. For more information, please call the main office at (561) 793-1084 or visit us online at www.lioncountrysafari.com.
West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari is celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week in recognition of the hard work of wildlife staff dedicated to caring for over 1,000 animals on safari each day. Lion Country Safari has an animal care team of nearly 50 staff with diverse backgrounds and approximately 790 years of combined animal experience.
National Zoo Keeper Week, established by the American Association of Zoo Keepers in 2007, occurs during the third week of July each year and is dedicated to sharing the passion and devotion of keepers with the world. Lion Country Safari will be celebrating and highlighting keepers all week long.
A few staff bios at a glance: