Up Close And Personal With Jungle Cats


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Wondering why these people are laughing instead of screaming their heads off? No, they are not brave, nor do they have a death wish. They can see what you can't - A thick glass barrier between them and that big cat, who just hopped on to get a bite to eat!

And, they not at some exotic wildlife reserve in Africa either, but at the 'Lions on the Edge' exhibit at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne , Australia.

However, the whole exhibit, at this award-winning zoo was conceived to make visitors feel as though they are in the wilderness in Botswana, Africa. As they enter, they are 'warned' that they are about to enter an unprotected area, one that is frequented by lions and hippos.

A carcass of a recently killed cow (not real of course) adds to the danger aspect and as visitors tread carefully into the jungle, they walk through footprints belonging to wild animals, as well as, vehicle tire tracks.

In order to make the whole scene even more life-like, the zoo has created a watering hole, a meerakat exhibit and a tall grass maze that visitors have to find their way through, before reaching the ranger's vehicle, which is stuck there with a flat tire - right inside the den of wild cats!

Except of course, the hood of the car is inside the area where the cats are, whilst the outside is where the visitors sit and watch them, as they come astonishingly close, especially during feeding time, when the food is strategically placed upon the hood of the car.

While the exhibit has been open since 2006, two big male cats were added recently, making it even more exciting. Needless to say, it is one of the Zoo's most popular exhibits! Wish we had a zoo like this in our neighborhood, don't you?

sources:zoolex.org, dailymail.co.uk

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  • drakania
    drakaniaThursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:49 am
    i do not think the lions would attack the humans,i mean there was a huge piece of free meat. Lion-"hmm,do i want to eat this free meat or...do i want to eat those humans that probubly have some kind of weapon defense?"........"i guess i can eat the free meat." lol!!!! #loveanimals
    • peachy_vsco
      peachy_vscoThursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:01 am
      I love lions!🦁❤✨But that would be scary right in front of you.But a life time ensperience!
      • bangarangwolf
        bangarangwolfTuesday, May 5, 2020 at 6:23 am
        I want to go there =3
        • lolipoperz
          lolipoperzWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:52 pm
          Hey they look happy!
          • isaacthebeast
            isaacthebeastThursday, June 20, 2019 at 9:37 am
            so cuuute
            • HiWednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm
              If there wasn’t a glass barrier, they would die
              • XTigerTuesday, November 13, 2018 at 8:31 am
                Very cool
                • Animal LoverSaturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:50 am
                  whoa. cool. luv lions
                  • lolipoperz
                    lolipoperzWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:53 pm
                    Luv tigers
                  • spykitten
                    spykittenTuesday, July 24, 2018 at 8:46 am
                    • cutetigerpaw
                      cutetigerpawTuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:10 am