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West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari is thrilled to announce the birth of a lion cub, marking a significant milestone in their ongoing dedication to wildlife conservation and the long-term survival of this species. The lion cub is spending quality time with mom, Leela, before making its debut in the lion habitat in the preserve.
The cub, born 7/13/2023, is the third cub born to 10-year-old mom, Leela and the first sired by 9-year-old Vander. Lion gestation is approximately 110 days, after which females give birth to a litter of 1 – 6 lion cubs weighing about 3 pounds (1.4kg) and completely dependent on their mothers.
As the lion cub continues to grow and thrive under the watchful care of its family, Lion Country Safari is celebrating the birth with a gender reveal in the main lion habitat on 9/22/23 at 10AM, which will be visible to guests driving through the safari. Lion males Vander and Boone will receive themed enrichments which will reveal the cub’s gender.
As one of the most iconic species on the planet, African lions have faced numerous challenges in the wild due to habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching. African lions are currently listed as Vulnerable, with populations having been severely diminished in the past 25 years. Lion Country Safari is proud to support lion conservation and to participate in several Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs. These programs help to ensure the survival of a healthy, sustainable population of threatened and endangered species in human care as wild populations decline and face extinction.
Lion Country Safari welcomed a female Southern White Rhinoceros calf to its herd on August 19th, 2023. The calf marks a major milestone for the park, as it is the 40th rhino calf to be born at Lion Country Safari since the first born in 1979.
The calf has been named Alissa in honor of white rhinoceros Lissa, a staff favorite who recently passed away at the park at nearly 43 years old. Both the calf and mom are spending quality time bonding together in a maternity area, which is visible to guests from their cars in the drive-through safari.
Alissa is the third offspring born to 10-year-old mom Anna, whose family line is considered underrepresented in the population; each offspring’s genes are important to the overall diversity and health of the population under human care and to the conservation of the species. Lion Country Safari has played a key role in southern white rhinoceros conservation for many years and the calf is a significant contribution to the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan, a national collaboration to save the imperiled species from extinction.
Rhino mothers give birth to a single calf weighing between 88 and 132 pounds (40-60 kg). The calf is expected to gain 3-4 pounds (1-2kg) a day from her mother's milk and will gain about 1,000 pounds (450 kg) a year for the first three years. Baby rhinos nurse for almost two years.
Of the five species of rhinos (White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan), the white rhino is the most numerous, but all 5 species are in peril due mostly to poaching. During the 1970s, this species was teetering on the edge of extinction with less than 1,000 individuals left on the planet. Today, thanks to multi-national collaborative breeding and protection efforts, there are an estimated 20,000 white rhinos and each new birth contributes to their continued conservation.
Lion Country Safari is home to 14 White Rhinos – 12 females and 2 males and is a proud participant of the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program of the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Lion Country Safari is also a proud participant in the American Institute of Rhinoceros Science (AIRS) research program, which aims to optimize rhino care to ensure healthy populations under human care that can act as a safety net from extinction.
For more information on rhinos, visit the International Rhino Foundation www.rhinos.org and Save the Rhinos www.savetherhino.org.
We're celebrating our tallest residents with activities, special keeper chats, tours, a gi-RAFFLE and more! The World Giraffe Day event is included with your park admission. Additional fee required for giraffe tours and raffle, with proceeds going to support giraffe conservation.
2-Night Stay includes camping for up to 4 people, all hook-ups, and one day admission to Lion Country Safari right next door!
*Valid June 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023. Not valid with other discounts. Pricing does not include required sales tax. Maximum of 4 people per camping cabin.
Additional guests at RV or tent sites only $42 per person plus tax. Additional nights booked at the regular rate.
The Summer Savings Pass is your ticket to adventure all summer long at top South Florida attractions and activities for kids and families! Pass holders get unlimited visits* to Lion Country Safari, Cox Science Center & Aquarium, Zoo Miami, and Everglades Alligator Farm from May 17th - August 31st, 2023!
Lion Country Safari just unveiled a new home for their troop of squirrel monkeys in the park’s walk-through adventure park. The new habitat is approximately twice the size of the previous one and extends up to 16 feet (4.9m) at its highest point. As the squirrel monkeys explore their new environment, guests will have multiple viewing areas to observe from.
The habitat features several new elements for the monkeys to interact with, including a series of climbing branches, ropes, ladders, natural elements and an elevated “monkey highway” that runs around the interior habitat perimeter. The squirrel monkeys are settling in before additional species from the previous habitat (including a red-footed tortoise and rhinoceros iguana) move in.
Lion Country Safari is home to a breeding troop of 6 squirrel monkeys, including 3 males and 3 females ranging in age from 6 months to 12 years old. These monkeys are genetically valuable for the Squirrel Monkey Species Survival Plan (SSP) and have contributed positively to the SSP population. Squirrel monkeys are agile and adapted for life in the trees. They are highly social and live in groups ranging from smaller family subgroups to up to 300. Squirrel monkeys are currently listed as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), but their wild populations are in decline due to habitat loss and the pet trade.
Lion Country Safari is Florida’s largest drive-through safari and is home to hundreds of animals, including some of the world’s iconic species roaming wide open natural habitats in large herds. Lion Country Safari continuously strives to be a leader in animal care, conservation, and education to inspire people through connections with wildlife in a family-friendly environment. For more information, please call the main office at (561) 793-1084 or visit us online at www.lioncountrysafari.com.
Lion Country Safari ranked among the top 10 safari parks in the United States by the USA Today’s “10Best” Readers' Choice contest. Ranked by popular vote, supporters chose from 20 of the top nominated wildlife parks selected by experts in the zoo and travel field. Lion Country Safari is the only park in Florida to be named among the top 10 safari parks and has earned a spot on the list six years in a row.
The list, released on March 17th, 2023, on 10best.com, ranks the top 10 parks to view exotic and endangered species from around the world. Lion Country Safari has been bringing the safari experience to families from across the country and across the world since 1967. Lion Country Safari is also unique in that the park not only displays animals in large herds, as many safari and wildlife parks do, but is also currently home to the largest herd of zebra on record in the western hemisphere, one of the largest herds of giraffe in the United States, and a large herd of rhinos with a long history of breeding success.
Read more here: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-safari-park/
Lion Country Safari is Florida’s largest drive-through safari and is home to hundreds of animals, including the world’s most iconic species, roaming wide open natural habitats in large herds. Lion Country Safari is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and continuously strives to be a leader in animal care, conservation, and education to inspire people through connections with wildlife in a family-friendly environment. For more information, please call the main office at (561) 793-1084 or visit us online at www.lioncountrysafari.com.
Lion Country Safari welcomed a baby chimpanzee to its troop on Jan. 28, the second chimp baby born at the facility in a little over a year. The baby is making her debut on the island habitats in the preserve, and guests driving through the safari may see her clinging to mom.
This baby has been named Lili in honor of the Tonkolili Chimpanzee Project, a conservation initiative in Sierra Leone. Due to the status of chimpanzees in the wild and the low number of births in the population, this birth is especially rare and significant for the conservation of the species. Her birth contributes to the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan (SSP), a national collaboration to save them from extinction.
Lili joins a family of 2 females and 3 males, including 1-year-old Tonk, who has showed some interest in the baby. While mom Juniper is not yet comfortable with Tonk or the other chimps touching Lili, she does still play with Tonk while she has the baby on her chest. Juniper, who is usually shy and reserved in front of people, has surprised her care team by making a point to show off her baby to them.
Chimpanzee gestation is approximately 8 months. At birth, chimpanzees weigh approximately 4 pounds (1.8 kg). Infants cling to their mothers off and on for the first few years but will stay closely attached for the first four months before becoming more independent. Chimpanzees are listed as endangered and critically endangered in some regions by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with populations decreasing due to habitat loss, poaching and disease.
Lion Country Safari is home to 17 chimpanzees and is a proud participant in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan and the Chimpanzee Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) Program.