Thursday, October 1, 2009
Lion Country Safari.
Lion Country Safari was the greatest thing to happen to endangered species of African wildlife since Noah's Ark. Success bred success. In June 1970, America's second Lion Country Safari blossomed on a 485- acre tract of California's famed Irvine Ranch in Orange County, near Disneyland. It, too, won immediate acclaim, attracting more than 1.2 million visitors in its first year.
The Southern California temperatures were quite as warm as Equatorial Africa, but the balmy environment well suited the transplanted critters.
Opened on 140 acres of Irvine Ranch in 1970. Visitors stayed in their cars and drove among free-ranging lions, giraffes, and hippopotami. The park drew more than one million customers a year.