Australian Zoo Lets You Get a Claw's Length Away from Curious Lions
The new experience puts visitors in a wire cage surrounded by curious zoo lions
At the Monarto Zoo, you’re the one in the cage.
The Australian animal park recently opened a new feature called Lions 360, a cage inside the big cat’s enclosure that puts you just a claw’s length away from the majestic meowers.
“It’s a truly hair-raising experience with visitors able to enter the cage and get closer than ever before to our amazing lions,” Zoos SA (which operates Monarto Zoo) chief executive Elaine Bensted told ABC News.
Monarto Zoo is home to over 12 lions, many of whom were curious to meet the first visitors brave enough to try Lions 360. As part of the experience, keepers feed the lions through the cage that makes up the walls and ceiling to ensure the animals get up close and personal with guests.
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“They are all over the cage just watching our every move because they haven’t had the opportunity to be on top of us and be behind us so they are certainly stalking,” Zookeeper Anna Bennett said.
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And while this may seem like an act of agression on the lion’s part, Bennett assures that the big kitties are just intrigued by the new arrivals and interested in showing their dominance.
Lions 360 officially opens to the public on Saturday. Guests will be able to enter the experience as part of their visit and, if they are brave enough, pay extra to feed the lions themselves.
Would you dare to go inside the lion’s den?