If you want to see predators in their natural habitat, the best zoo to visit might be the Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo in Chongqing city, China. Because this zoo has swapped the status quo – people stay in cages while the deadly predators roam free – guests get to watch lions kill prey as they would if in the wilderness of Africa. Although this zoo sounds like a great time, it is highly controversial.
Tourists who visit the zoo get to feel what it is like to have big cats stalk them. These predators are not afraid of the human guests – instead, they chase after them and rush toward them for food. Visitors are allowed to feed the big cats by hand if they are brave enough to handle the heat of the lion’s breath through the cage.
Visitors to the zoo are given chunks of raw meat, which they can feed to the lions and other big cats. These hunks of meat are sometimes hung outside of the caged vehicle, which allows people to get the closest possible point of view to these animals.
If you want to see what it really looks like for a lion or tiger to eat meat, then a visit to this zoo would surely be in order.
This Chinese zoo is innovative because it uses a moving cage – which houses the human guests rather than the animals – and allows people to get very close to the animals. It’s about as good as going on a safari to Kenya or Tanzania in Africa. However, these big cats and bears get even closer to the caged vehicles than they would in Africa because guests at this zoo get to feed the critters and watch them scarf down raw meat.
The animals, which include lions, Bengal tigers, and their subspecies, the white tiger, and bears, get baited toward the moving cages with live chickens and other prey. Then when they’re close, the raw meat hanging from the vehicle further entices the beasts to engage with the visitors.
Photos reveal just how close these big cats and bears get to the guests. If you’re not ready to get face to face with a lion, tiger or bear, then don’t visit this zoo.
Zoo spokeswoman Chan Liang told Oddity Central: “We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks. The guests are warned to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.”
The zoo first opened in 2015 and sold out for three months straight. Tourists even fought each other for the privilege of feeding the wild animals their lunches.
The zoo is very controversial since it exposes guests to the dangers of these animals. What if the cages do not hold? What if something goes wrong? Nonetheless, guests, like Tao Jen, love the experience.
“It’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced in a zoo before. We’re not looking at them, they’re looking at us – and we’re lunch.”
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