Florida Attractions: Lion Country Safari, an Adventure in Florida

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Welcome To Lion Country SsafariLion Country Safari, West Palm Beach, Florida
Welcome To Lion Country Ssafari
Welcome To Lion Country Ssafari
Lion Country Safari, West Palm Beach, Florida
Lion Country Safari, West Palm Beach, Florida

Located in West Palm Beach (Loxahatchee, SE Florida), Lion Country Safari was America’s first drive-through cageless zoo.  You travel through the park in your own car and you’re given a CD containing the tour guide’s voice who explains about the animals (there’s over 800 animals!)  Rental vehicles are also available, if you don’t want to, or can’t, use your own car.

Your windows must be rolled up at all times for safety.  I remember going as a child and back then you were able to roll your windows down and feed the animals (with pellets you had to buy, of course) – I guess it either got too messy or someone got hurt, so they stopped allowing it.

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Entrance to the drive-through safari....looks like you're enetering Jurassic Park!Scary warning signs as entering "Lion Country" Lions at Lion Country SafariLions at Lion Country SafariLions at Lion Country SafariLion at Lion Country Safari
Entrance to the drive-through safari....looks like you're enetering Jurassic Park!
Entrance to the drive-through safari....looks like you're enetering Jurassic Park!
Scary warning signs as entering "Lion Country"
Scary warning signs as entering "Lion Country"
Lions at Lion Country Safari
Lions at Lion Country Safari
Lions at Lion Country Safari
Lions at Lion Country Safari
Lions at Lion Country Safari
Lions at Lion Country Safari
Lion at Lion Country Safari
Lion at Lion Country Safari

Are Lions the Kings of the Jungle?

The fact that you can’t feed the animals makes this drive-through safari different than others that you may have been to because it’s less messy and parents aren’t constantly trying to disinfect their kids’ slobbered on hands.  You also don’t have the extra expense of the food pellets.  I think it’s probably less scary to do this tour for the little ones, too.  Mine (3 and 4 years old) absolutely loved it!

Decide for yourself if lions really are the king of the jungle as you watch them romp around and chase one another.  Just as impressive are the gazelles, rhinos, water buffalos, giraffes, and more.

If you take your time, it usually takes about an hour and a half to complete the tour.

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Nilgai - Largest of the Asian antelopesBlackbuck - one of the smallest members of the antelope familyBlackbuck - more abundant in captivity than in the wildcaught in the act!
Nilgai - Largest of the Asian antelopes
Nilgai - Largest of the Asian antelopes
Blackbuck - one of the smallest members of the antelope family
Blackbuck - one of the smallest members of the antelope family
Blackbuck - more abundant in captivity than in the wild
Blackbuck - more abundant in captivity than in the wild
caught in the act!
caught in the act!
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Aldabra Tortoise - shell can be up to 5' (this one was!) and can live wel past 100 years!Rhea (South America) - 4th largest of all birds; males build the nest, incubate the eggs and raise the young!Ostrich - world's largest living bird (up to 8' in height); contents of one ostrich egg = 2 dozen chicken eggs!This one was following us!I think he wanted a ride!
Aldabra Tortoise - shell can be up to 5' (this one was!) and can live wel past 100 years!
Aldabra Tortoise - shell can be up to 5' (this one was!) and can live wel past 100 years!
Rhea (South America) - 4th largest of all birds; males build the nest, incubate the eggs and raise the young!
Rhea (South America) - 4th largest of all birds; males build the nest, incubate the eggs and raise the young!
Ostrich - world's largest living bird (up to 8' in height); contents of one ostrich egg = 2 dozen chicken eggs!
Ostrich - world's largest living bird (up to 8' in height); contents of one ostrich egg = 2 dozen chicken eggs!
This one was following us!
This one was following us!
I think he wanted a ride!
I think he wanted a ride!

More Safari Fun

Afterwards, you can stop by Safari World, where you can take a boat ride on the Safari Queen.  On the boat tour, you can learn all about the spider monkeys that inhabit the Lake Shanalee islands.  You can also choose to do your own paddleboat navigating.

The newest attraction, Safari Splash, has 23 interactive water play areas.  You can play a round of mini golf, take a trip through a maze where your brain will be teased, and you can take a ride on a carousel and a Ferris wheel.   There’s a Lory feeding aviary as well, where you can interact with the Lories.  There’s also a special feeding area where you can feed a giraffe, and there’s sheep and goats in a petting zoo as well.  Here’s where you’ll see the frantic hand-disinfecting parents!

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Without a doubt!Southern White Rhinoceros weigh up to 2.5 tonsLife expectancy is 40 yearsI don't know if this is a common occurence, but I just had to capture it - it was happening right next to our car!!Baby "Jazi", born December 9, 2008.
Without a doubt!
Without a doubt!
Southern White Rhinoceros weigh up to 2.5 tons
Southern White Rhinoceros weigh up to 2.5 tons
Life expectancy is 40 years
Life expectancy is 40 years
I don't know if this is a common occurence, but I just had to capture it - it was happening right next to our car!!
I don't know if this is a common occurence, but I just had to capture it - it was happening right next to our car!!
Baby "Jazi", born December 9, 2008.
Baby "Jazi", born December 9, 2008.

Lion Country Safari Info

Everything above is included in the admission price, which is pretty reasonable at $18.50 for kids 3-9, $22.50 for seniors (65+), and $25.50 for ages 10-64 (prices as of this writing, November 2009.) You can go to their website and usually there’s a coupon you can download – I printed out a coupon for $5 off each person in the vehicle, not a bad deal at all!

As with most theme parks and zoos, wheelchair and stroller rentals are available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you go, make sure you bring your camera and binoculars and plan to stay for a while!

We had such a wonderful time….

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Greater Kudu - 2nd largest antelope, weighing up to 690 pounds.Gemsbok - adapted to go long periods of time with little or no waterKulan - short-legged, but can run up to 45 mph.  They are related to the horse and are endangered.Asiatic Water Buffalo - up to 1.5 tonsLife expectancy 25 years.  Few truly wild ones remain.
Greater Kudu - 2nd largest antelope, weighing up to 690 pounds.
Greater Kudu - 2nd largest antelope, weighing up to 690 pounds.
Gemsbok - adapted to go long periods of time with little or no water
Gemsbok - adapted to go long periods of time with little or no water
Kulan - short-legged, but can run up to 45 mph.  They are related to the horse and are endangered.
Kulan - short-legged, but can run up to 45 mph. They are related to the horse and are endangered.
Asiatic Water Buffalo - up to 1.5 tons
Asiatic Water Buffalo - up to 1.5 tons
Life expectancy 25 years.  Few truly wild ones remain.
Life expectancy 25 years. Few truly wild ones remain.
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Waterbuck - have a target-like pattern on their rump and elude predators by submerging in water up to their nostrilsGrant's Zebra - stripes are like fingerprints - no two are alike.Chimpanzee - weigh up to 175 pounds and live to around 60 years.  Most closely related primate to humans - we share 97% of our DNA with them!Giraffe - tallest land mammal - just check him out compared to the car!It's tongue can extend its reach by 15"!!
Waterbuck - have a target-like pattern on their rump and elude predators by submerging in water up to their nostrils
Waterbuck - have a target-like pattern on their rump and elude predators by submerging in water up to their nostrils
Grant's Zebra - stripes are like fingerprints - no two are alike.
Grant's Zebra - stripes are like fingerprints - no two are alike.
Chimpanzee - weigh up to 175 pounds and live to around 60 years.  Most closely related primate to humans - we share 97% of our DNA with them!
Chimpanzee - weigh up to 175 pounds and live to around 60 years. Most closely related primate to humans - we share 97% of our DNA with them!
Giraffe - tallest land mammal - just check him out compared to the car!
Giraffe - tallest land mammal - just check him out compared to the car!
It's tongue can extend its reach by 15"!!
It's tongue can extend its reach by 15"!!
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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Geez! I really want to go here now! I really enjoyed your pics and now want some of my own. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of Lily Rose.


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dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

My goodness, you're complete, Lily. You have more than 30 photos, which in my mind takes the most time of anything in preparing a hub. Congratulations on completing a thoroughly interesting Hub. Don White


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Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks for visiting, Dohn! It was really fun and my girls had a great time.

Don, thank you! The hardest part was figuring out which pictures to use because I took somewhere around 200 pictures!!


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NCBIer 4 years ago

Planning our trip now and I thank you VERY much for the suggestions. The safari is now top of the list!


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NCBIer 4 years ago

Just did it today, because of you. It was a HUGE hit. Wish I could post pictures here. Thanks!


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Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast Author

Wow, NCBIer, that's fantastic! It's truly such a great feeling knowing something I wrote helped someone enjoy life!

Use the link to contact me and you can send me some of your pictures; I'd love to add them in to my hub!

Thanks for your comments. :-)

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