When you think about going to the zoo what comes to mind? I imagine you think of a family friendly park with helpful signs, mascots, enclosures for different types of animals, and $2.50 soft drink vending machines. In America zoos have become theme parks that substitute rollercoasters for animals in cages. Running a zoo is expensive, incredibly expensive, so you can’t blame them for trying to get by however they can but you have to admit, 10 square miles in the middle of a city is probably not the ideal place for thousands of animals from all over the word.
The Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo in China has a different idea. Animals need their space and so, like the Wilds, this zoo provides them larger enclosures to roam about. Unfortunately, visitors are unlikely to pay for the privilege of maybe seeing an animal or two that wanders close enough to the fences for a photo-op. Instead this zoo puts people in the cages and drives them through the habitats of dangerous and beloved exotic animals. Visitors are instructed to keep their hands and feet inside the cage at all times as zoo keepers have lined the cages with delicious meat to attract the featured animals. You’d have to be pretty brave to come face to face with a hungry lion!
If you want to experience this thrilling tour for yourself you better get your reservations in advance. Apparently the attraction is booked solid for the next 3 months.