(last car admitted into the preserve at 4:30PM)
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:
West Palm Beach, FL –Lion Country Safari has been working to support students, teachers and families working and learning remotely by sharing unique educational content with viewers. Over the last several years, Lion Country Safari and The School District of Palm Beach County have partnered together to provide high-quality true STEM virtual fieldtrips for the students in Palm Beach County. These virtual fieldtrips are now being shared with the public weekly through the park’s social media pages to enrich the online learning environment and provide additional fun and educational content.
Virtual fieldtrips created by Lion Country Safari through a partnership with the school district’s K-12 STEM, Division of Teaching and Learning team meet STEM standards to fit with state curriculum and bring a sense of adventure to lesson plans, both in and out of the classroom. Through these experiences, students and families can learn about many of the 90 species that call Lion Country Safari home as well as their natural habitats and how students can help to save them. Kristyn Kelley, Lion Country Safari’s Education and Outreach Manager, shared, “Education and conservation are key components of our mission. We believe strongly in providing students with unique and engaging opportunities to enrich the learning environment and to inspire the next generation of leaders. We are so appreciative of our great partnership with the school district and how it allows us to reach so many students.”
Viewers can find Lion Country Safari’s virtual fieldtrips on their Facebook and YouTube pages and through the School District’s archived virtual fieldtrip sessions:
West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari welcomed a female Southern White Rhinoceros calf to its herd on January 30th, 2020. Both the calf and mom are now located in the rhino maternity area where they can spend some quality time bonding together. The maternity area is visible to guests in their cars from the road in the Hwange National Park section of the drive-through safari.
The baby, named Elna (meaning “beloved” in Afrikaans), is the 4th offspring born to her mother, Bloom. Rhino gestation is approximately 16 months long, after which females give birth to a single calf weighing between 88 and 132 pounds (40-60 kg). It is expected that Elna will gain 3-4 pounds (1.4-1.8kg) a day from her mother's milk, and will gain about a thousand pounds (453.6kg) a year for the first three years. Baby rhinos nurse for almost two years.
Of the 5 species of rhinos (White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan) the white rhino is the most abundant with approximately 20,000 alive today but all 5 species are in peril due mostly to poaching. The Southern White Rhino is the only species of rhino that eats only grasses; the others are also browsers.
Lion Country Safari is home to 13 White Rhinos – 10 females and 3 males. Since 1979, Lion Country Safari has had 36 rhino offspring and is proud to participate in the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program of the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
For more information on rhinos, visit the International Rhino Foundation http://www.rhinos.org and Save the Rhinos www.savetherhino.org.
West Palm Beach, FL – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lion Country Safari is launching a new premium experience for guests in which they can mingle with the park’s flock of Caribbean flamingos. This immersive premium experience allows guests to get up close and personal with the flamingos, feed them, and take photos. A portion of the proceeds from the flamingo experience will go to support wildlife conservation efforts.
Premium experiences are available for guests all year round for an additional fee with advanced registration and let guests get closer, behind-the-scenes experiences on safari. Flamingo encounters are available for $50 per person, plus tax, for guests ages 5-9 and $60 per person, plus tax, for guests ages 10 and up. Registration includes admission, parking, and a donation for conservation.
Caribbean flamingos are generally listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although habitat destruction is a potential threat to the species. Caribbean flamingos can be found throughout the islands and mainland coasts of the Caribbean Sea. Flamingos are extremely social birds, living in flocks numbering from a few dozen to up to hundreds of thousands in breeding season. Flamingos are also known for displays of unique courtship dances and vocalizations. Lion Country Safari is home to 19 Caribbean flamingos.
Lion Country Safari is Florida’s largest drive-through safari. Guests can see over 1,000 animals on 320 acres. The park is also home to the largest herd of zebras on record in the country. For more information, please call the main office at (561) 793-1084 or visit us online at www.lioncountrysafari.com.
For more information on the flamingo premium experience, visit https://www.lioncountrysafari.com/attractions/private-tours/
West Palm Beach, FL –On Thursday, January 30th, Lion Country Safari’s rhinoceroses will share their pick for the winners of Super Bowl LIV. The park’s rhinos will have an opportunity to select between bright, colorful enrichments representing the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. As the rhinos roam their pasture, they will have an opportunity to select and enjoy an enrichment box full of some of 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.
Of the 5 species of rhinos (White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan) the white rhino is the most abundant with approximately 20,000 alive today, but all 5 species are in peril due mostly to poaching. Lion Country Safari is home to 12 White Rhinos – 9 females and 3 males. Since 1979, Lion Country Safari has had 35 rhino offspring and is proud to participate in the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program of the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).