(last car admitted into the preserve at 4:30PM)
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).
PHOTO OPP: MEDIA ARRIVE TO MAIN OFFICE 1/2/20 AT 9:45AM TO PHOTOGRAPH CUBS. *Please note that we cannot accommodate live shots with the cubs. Live shots and interviews can be conducted in the park afterwards.
West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari welcomed a litter of African lion cubs on November 8th, 2019. These cubs are the first to be born at the facility in nearly 20 years. The lion cubs are spending quality time with mom, Leela, before making their debut in the lion habitat in the preserve.
The cubs, Atlas and Mara, are both Leela and dad, K’wasi’s first offspring. Lion gestation is approximately 110 days, after which lion cubs are born weighing about 3 pounds (1.4kg), sightless and completely dependent on their mothers.
Lion Country Safari is home to 10 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) programs. These programs help to ensure the survival of a healthy, sustainable population of threatened and endangered species in human care as wild populations decline and face extinction.
West Palm Beach, FL – On Thursday, January 9th, 2020, The Lion Country Legacy, a documentary detailing the stories of conservation and dedication to animal care at Lion Country Safari, is premiering in Wellington. The half-hour documentary, produced by Saturn Sound Studios of West Palm Beach, tells the behind-the-scenes stories of how a team of professionals at Lion Country Safari cares for and preserves some of the world’s most iconic species. The premier is open to the public and starts at 7:30PM at Movies at Wellington.
The Lion Country Legacy, sponsored in part by the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, will play on The Palm Beaches TV. The Palm Beaches TV is Palm Beach County’s official tourism television channel. It airs in hotels throughout Palm Beach County and is also available as a free mobile app, on Roku, and online at ThePalmBeaches.TV. Viewers can enjoy the documentary, as well as other destination-based content, 24/7.
"This is a very special project for us. We are thrilled that Lion Country Safari's efforts are being shared in a way that allows viewers an inside glimpse of the hard work and dedication that goes into providing our animals with the top level of care as well as conserving and saving wildlife across the world," said Jennifer Berthiaume, Vice President and Managing Director of Lion Country Safari.
West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari welcomed a new
baby siamang gibbon to the park on September 19, 2019. The newest addition to
the family group can be seen clinging to mom, Tina, until it matures and begins
to explore on its own. The siamang family is visible on their habitat islands
in Lake Shanalee from either the Safari Queen boat tour, or as guests prepare
to enter the preserve and drive alongside the shoreline.
Siamang gibbons are a lesser ape species
native to the rainforests of Asia. Siamangs form permanent mating pairs and
produce one offspring after a gestation period of approximately 7 to 8 months.
The average life expectancy for a siamang is 25 to 30 years.
Siamang populations are decreasing in the wild
as a result of habitat loss and illegal wildlife trafficking. There are an
estimated 22,000 individual siamangs left in the wild. Lion Country Safari is a
proud participant of AZA’s Species Survival Plan (SSP), a breeding and
conservation program for threatened and endangered species in human care.
West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari welcomed a male Southern White Rhinoceros calf to its herd on September 26th, 2019. The calf is one of very few third generation white rhinoceroses born in human care and is highly genetically valuable regarding the survival of the species. 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 Bash (a name with African origins that means “the forerunner”), was born to mom Anna after 16 months of gestation. Bash is the first offspring of both Anna and dad, Chitabe. It is expected that Bash will gain 3-4 pounds (1.4-1.8kg) a day from his 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.
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).
West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari is joining WildAid, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and AZA’s program, the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA), in a campaign featuring DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Master Po Ping to educate children and families about the illegal wildlife trade. Lion Country Safari is one of more than fifteen AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the United States that will post a series of video messages and posters at its facility as well as on social media..
Po, the protagonist of DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda franchise, proclaims, “poaching steals from us all,” as he helps defend elephants who are killed for their ivory, rhinos for their horns, lions and tigers for their bones and skins, and pangolins for their scales and meat. He helps remind us that the “big guys” still need our help.
Wildlife crime is a multi-billion dollar global industry primarily driven by consumer demand for products made from animal parts. The United States is home to one of the largest illegal wildlife markets in the world. In 2016, a WildAid public opinion survey found that 80 percent of Americans polled consider themselves wildlife lovers or conservationists. Yet, four out of five knew little or nothing about wildlife trafficking.
“AZA-accredited facilities are leaders in conservation, with a vision of a world where all people respect, value and conserve wildlife and wild places,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “By partnering with WildAid on this campaign, we are calling attention to the serious problem of illegal wildlife trade affecting vulnerable species.”
“Lion Country Safari is incredibly excited to partner in the effort to bring attention to this really critical issue in wildlife conservation efforts. Illegal poaching is a pervasive threat across the world, and across many species that call Lion Country Safari home. We’re proud to counter wildlife trafficking through guest engagement and education, as well as through the support of in-situ conservation organizations,” said Dr. Tina Cloutier Barbour, Curator of Conservation, Research, and Chimpanzees at Lion Country Safari.
Lion Country Safari is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only drive-through safari in South 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.
Lucy-Claire Saunders, WildAid 213-332-4000 / [email protected]
Rob Vernon, AZA 301-244-3352 / [email protected]
About Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.
About Wildlife Trafficking Alliance
The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance is a coalition of more than sixty nonprofit organizations, companies, foundations and media interests working together to combat wildlife trafficking by raising public awareness, reducing consumer demand for wildlife and wildlife products, and mobilizing companies to adopt best practices stop wildlife trafficking. AZA acquired the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance in 2018 as a strategic union to combat wildlife trafficking worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wildlifetraffickingalliance.org
WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, and shark fin soup. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and a global network of media partners, WildAid leverages nearly $230 million in annual pro-bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too.
Photo Opp: Media – Arrive at Main Office by 10:45am
on July 31st to photograph ribbon-cutting ceremony.
West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari is celebrating the completion of their newest water attraction, Safari Falls, with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019. The attraction, covering over 10,000 square feet (929 m²), will provide additional opportunities for families to cool off and have fun on safari.
The new water play structure, set in a pool up to 20 inches (50.8 cm) deep, will feature a number of interactive elements, including water cannons, water slides and a 550-gallon dump bucket, one of the largest in the country. The new attraction, nearly three times the size of the existing water play area, can accommodate up to 300 guests. Admittance to the new water attraction will be included with paid admission to Lion Country Safari.
This new attraction is the third major feature of Lion Country Safari’s water park area, adding on to the Safari Splash water spray ground (opened in 2005) and the water slides (opened in 2014). Lion Country Safari’s water park area will now be able to accommodate even more guests for fun on safari. Lion Country Safari is committed to providing a fun, family-friendly environment with ample opportunities for adventure.