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    March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    According to the brochure, “Go Wild! Drive thru Lion Country Safari African Wildlife Preserve.”

    You don’t have to go to Africa for this African Safari. It’s only a 20-minute drive from Yesterland.


    This is a major update to a Yesterland article originally posted more than four years ago.

    Please discuss it here.
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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    There is still one thing left from Lion County. The road leading into Wild Rivers is still called Lion County and has a sign hanging over Irvine Center dr. with that on it.

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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    Why no mention of Bubbles the Hippo Houdini, that was a major story before her passing?
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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    Thanks Werner for bringing these tidbits of memories back to us.
    Last edited by Disneykin Kid; 03-25-2011 at 07:32 PM.

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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    It's not Lion Country Safari, but there is still a large drive-thru safari as part of Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, so that's another option if you're looking to re-live the experience. Although I didn't know about the one in Florida!
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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by disneyfn View Post
    There is still one thing left from Lion County. The road leading into Wild Rivers is still called Lion County and has a sign hanging over Irvine Center dr. with that on it.
    Thanks! I didn't know that.
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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by hadesthecat View Post
    Why no mention of Bubbles the Hippo Houdini, that was a major story before her passing?
    I considered mentioning the escape of Bubbles the Hippo and how her story was in the news day after day. Unfortunately the story had a sad ending.
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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by JesterMn View Post
    It's not Lion Country Safari, but there is still a large drive-thru safari as part of Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, so that's another option if you're looking to re-live the experience. Although I didn't know about the one in Florida!
    Wikipedia has an entry called "Safari park" which lists a number of animal drive-through or ride-through attractions. (As with with Wikipedia entry, I would recommend double-checking anything in the article before relying on it.)

    Click on: Safari park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The cool thing about Lion Country Safari is Florida is that it still has the same name as the defunct California park, and even has a logo that's based on the same logo.
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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    Werner, I have fond memories of Lion Country Safari in Southern California. My Mom has a bunch of photos of our visit. My visit was in 1974 though I remember the year not for visiting the park but for sitting in our hotel room and watching President Nixon resign LOL.

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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    There used to be a lion drive-through here in New Zealand at Orana Wildlife Park. It is one of my most vivid childhood memories. My Dad would wind down the window and entice lions onto the car; I can remember them being on the hood, on the roof, pulling at the window-wipers!

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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryce05 View Post
    My Dad would wind down the window and entice lions onto the car; I can remember them being on the hood, on the roof, pulling at the window-wipers!
    Yikes! That seems dangerous.
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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    My family has pictures at Lion Country Safari. Including one of me and my brother in a zebra stripped jeep holding a lion cub. Totally forgot about those pictures until this column. I need to go find them.

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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by Werner Weiss View Post
    Yikes! That seems dangerous.
    Probably, haha.

    I remember a rabbit entering the enclosure once too, and the whole pride chased it down. It was like being in a live documentary.

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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    You updated! Good Article!


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    Re: March 25, 2011: Lion Country Safari

    I still have my "Frasier the Senuous Lion" wristwatch! Got it there in about 1972.
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