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The Lion Habitat Ranch: Pride of Las Vegas

Updated on January 7, 2014

Simply Irresistible

Baby Lion Cub
Baby Lion Cub | Source
Benny
Benny | Source
Can Benny be any Cuter?
Can Benny be any Cuter? | Source
Simply Stunning Benny
Simply Stunning Benny | Source

Let Me Count the Reasons...

If you live in Las Vegas, Nevada, I definitely suggest taking a ride out to the Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson, Nevada, on one of your days off or if you are looking for a little stay-cation. An amazing lion and wildlife sanctuary located in the backyard of Las Vegas. It is an uplifting experience like no other. For those who might be visiting from out of town, this is one thing to put on your "Things To Do in Las Vegas" list. It's a once in a lifetime adventure!

Not that I ever need vindication to take a look at these beautiful lions, but this time when I returned, there were a few reasons that I decided to go back. For one, recently a local Las Vegas zoo had to shut its doors, leaving some of the animals literally without homes if no one would take them. I don't know many people that would be able to take in an exotic animal, and a lion at that. There was one place, however, that stepped up to the plate.

The wonderful owners of the ranch not only care for their own lions, but they were kind enough to take in the lion from the Las Vegas zoo, as well as two ostriches and a number of birds. It is the amazing generosity of these wonderful owners that will help these animals thrive and get the attention and nutrition that they require. I wanted to meet the new additions.

That was one reason.

The second reason was that after watching the YouTube videos from the ranch that are posted frequently, showing the owners hand-feeding their lion named Pebbels along with her cubs, I wanted to see up close how big the lion cubs were getting.

The third reason, and perhaps this was the one that made me rush on over there, was that the stork had made a delivery on October 11, 2013! And yes, lions have a lion stork as well. Four lion cubs were born and I simply had to go welcome them. Dare I say, with all of the excitement, I forgot to bring a gift! Four new cubs- very exciting!

It's not everyday that one gets to experience the life of lions, especially ones that are only a day old!

Some New Additions

Lion Habitat Ranch Henderson, NV Tattoo
Lion Habitat Ranch Henderson, NV Tattoo | Source
Lion Habitat Ranch Henderson, NV 702-595-6661
Lion Habitat Ranch Henderson, NV 702-595-6661 | Source
Lion Habitat Ranch Henderson, NV 702-595-6661
Lion Habitat Ranch Henderson, NV 702-595-6661 | Source
Lion Habitat Ranch Henderson, NV 702-595-6661
Lion Habitat Ranch Henderson, NV 702-595-6661 | Source

Meeting the New Family Members

I was thrilled to return and as usual, I was happy to be greeted by Bora and Tattoo, two of the adult Las Vegas lions who sometimes greet me with a little growl or two. This time they weren't as impressed by my continuing return, merely opening their eyes just a bit before completely ignoring me. They didn't mind when I took some pictures of them nodding off in the sunshine either, so I took no offense in their aloofness. The magnificence of these animals, however, still amaze me, no matter how many times I return.

Across from them were the two new ostriches, looking over with curiosity, but mostly keeping to themselves without whispering a peep. It seems that they are truly enjoying their stay in their new home.

Further down were two cockatoos preening their feathers and a few other neighboring birds, enjoying the cleanliness of their spacious cages, and the view of the lions across the way. Neither appeared to care about the others' presence.

I made my usual rounds and marveled at how big each of the lions had grown since my last monthly visit and ultimately saved the best for last.

See the video for Lion Habitat Ranch here!

Too Cute

Benny
Benny | Source
Lion Cub
Lion Cub | Source
Cub
Cub | Source

Precious Gifts - Lion Cubs

Finally, it was my turn to see the lion cubs. Before they had come to the room, I had a few moments admiring Benny in his enclosure, who I had taken my picture with a few months earlier. He had certainly grown to be quite a handsome fellow and was seemingly thrilled to pose for the camera. It is clear to see that Benny is a definite ham and revels in the attention. If you could label a lion as goofy, Benny sure does take the cake!

Soon after, the lion cubs were brought in by Keith and Bev—the owners — along with some heated blankets for the lion cubs to crawl upon. Keith and Bev were very accommodating, both in answering all of my questions and allowing me to take photographs as they bottle fed the lion cubs by hand.

Crawling in front of me, their eyes hardly open, were four of the most adorable looking lion cubs one could ever imagine. What a refreshing way to start the day and what an amazing opportunity to witness lion cubs less than a day old two feet in front of me. It is an experience I had only dreamed about in the past and is now only a few miles from my home. It's also an experience that I will never forget.

As they were newborns, they couldn't stay out and visit long, so soon after they were taken away.

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The Adult Lions

Bora
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Bora's "little" paws!
Bora's "little" paws! | Source
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Bora "on top" of the jeep
Bora "on top" of the jeep | Source
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Serenity Walk

Each time I visit the ranch, I walk away with a different euphoric feeling and gain a new perspective. When you find a place that captivates you, it makes you want to return every so often and that is what this place has to offer. It's nice to see that every lion's cage has their name tags on them and many come right up to the edge so that you can take their photograph.

In addition, it's refreshing to meet people like the owners who genuinely care for the well being of not only their own lions but of those from the Las Vegas Zoo. Caring for exotic pets is quite a huge undertaking and kudos to the owners for giving those animals a place to call home. I'd hate to see what would've happened to those animals if Keith and Bev hadn't opened their hearts to them!

Feel free to put on your best lion tamer's cap and visit their Facebook page to welcome the new additions to their family. If you're a Las Vegas Local or planning a visit to Las Vegas, be sure to check the season's hours of operation and prices. The ranch is only minutes from the Strip. Also be sure to get a picture of yourself in front of Bora or Tattoo on the jeep, right when you walk in! Just don't look behind you!!

Some features are available for an additional fee.

Additional Attractions!

Cub Interactions
Photos With the Cubs
Feast with a Beast
Trainer for a Day
These are available for an additional fee!

Lion Habitat Ranch Location: 382 Bruner Ave Henderson, NV

Thank you for Reading

~ Elizabeth Parker

"Bringing awareness about dog adoption and rescue, one dog at a time!"

Author of Finally Home, Final Journey, Paw Prints in the Sand, Paw Prints in the Sand: Mission Accomplished, My Dog Does That!, Bark Out Loud, Hearts of Gold, Unwanted Dreams, Phobia, Evil's Door and Faces of Deception. All books are available in Kindle and paperback format on Amazon.com.

© 2013 Elizabeth Parker

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I would definitely go see this rather than the casinos. This is my kind of tourist site. Thanks for the tour, Liz. If I'm ever down your way I'll check it out for sure.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Definitely worth the trip! Thanks Bill!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Those lions are gorgeous, both the adults and the babies. I love cats large and small. I would travel to the area just to visit this awesome place, perhaps on spring or summer break with my daughter. We usually plan adventures during that time. I don't go to casinos, but I'm sure there are fun things to do in addition to see these majestic creatures. Thank goodness these people stepped up and took in the ostriches and other birds. So sad that they'd be homeless otherwise. Voted up and more!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Liz,

      Oh, this thrills my heart to know of such people at the Lion Habitat Ranch, who are willing to care for exotic animals, they are rare gems of people with beautiful hearts of love for these beautiful creatures. Just the other weekend, we had taken our two granddaughters to the zoo in the city. We saw so many beautiful cats from panthers, cougars, lions to include two huge tigers, one all white and one with such beautiful stripes like I have never seen before, but it was an unusually hot day that day, weekend before last, and the two beautiful tigers were taking a swim in the creek there. It was amazing to watch how they enjoyed getting into the water, which I thought cats of all kind did not care for water. I have some pictures, but I was just using my cellphone and the sun was shining in my face, so I will have to review my photos in my phone to see if I got some good ones too.

      That certainly was a great way to start off the day, seeing those cubs! How precious. Thank you for sharing about your visit here.

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      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lion Habitat Ranch- A Pride of Las Vegas incredible tour, with great photos. A beautifully presented hub voted up, useful interesting, awesome and shared

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Liz, if I lived close to the Lion Habitat, I'd visit often too! I've always loved lions. Thanx for sharing these adorable pictures. Cubs less than a day old! Amazing!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      FlourishAnyway- If you do make the trip, I think you'll love it. There's a lot to do here to stay away from the casinos. If you enjoy hiking, there's Mt. Charleston and Red Rock (and a lot more) and there are excursions to the SKYwalk Grand Canyon which is only two hours away too! :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Faith Reaper- It sounds like you had a wonderful time with some awesome sights. I'd love to see pictures if you do have some! Thank you for commenting and sharing. So appreciated!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thank you DDE!!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Bravewarrior- It becomes addicting! I love spending time there- believe it or not- they are so peaceful to look at!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Oh, I just want to go there! Look at those cubs. So cute!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Crafty- it's awesome! :)

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love big cats! I always visit them at the zoo. If I ever make it out to Vegas, this will definitely be on my list of places to go. Thanks for the overview.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      RandomCreative- I think you'll love it. It is much more up close than zoos, so clean and such a great experience! Thanks for commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Wow, this would be really interesting to see up close. We have an open safari here that is quite the thing, but this one looks even more exciting.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      teaches12345 It is amazing. Every time I go I find that I love it more and more!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      What an amazing experience! Seeing the lion cubs would have been the highlight for me. I hope to visit this incredible place someday. In the meantime, I'm heading to youtube to see the videos you mention. Thank you for sharing!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Vespawoolf- oh- it is incredible. I love visiting. Hope that you enjoyed the videos!

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