Zoo Experience Puts Humans in Cage for Lions to View

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Lions at the Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch, New Zealand are able to examine humans, who are confined in a cage.

Zoo exhibits usually consist of humans looking inside cages to get a close up view of exotic animals, not the other way around. What if you flipped that format?

Lions at the Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch, New Zealand are able to examine humans, who are confined in a cage. The innovative idea is part of the facility’s Lion Encounter experience.

A specially modified vehicle contains a large fenced in area on the back, attached to the flat bed truck. Up to 20 people can fit in that cage.

The truck pulls the human enclosure along through the lion area during feeding times. Zoo keepers feed the lions through the cage, so the large and terrifying animals are forced to come right up to him or her in order to get their food.

That means the tourists inside of the fenced in enclosure get to witness the lion from a mere inches away.

An editor at the zoo noted “Our cats often climb onto the roof of the vehicle so you can literally get eye-to-eye with these magnificent animals.”

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