“Our plan is to expand upon the foundation that is created,” Leone said Tuesday of her plan to buy Lion Country. “I have a true love for that place and for animals. I just want to continue to improve it and expand on what they are already doing.”
Earlier this month, Lion Country Safari was named one the best “Savanna Exhibits” in the world, according to a ranking released by Zoo Nation.
The list features the top 10 places in the world to view African wildlife outside of Africa. Lion Country took the 10th spot on Zoo Nation’s list — a ranking it is using to help draw out-of-town visitors to its drive-thru zoo.
The list features the top 10 places in the world to view African wildlife outside of Africa. Lion Country, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, took the 10th spot on Zoo Nation’s list — a ranking it is using to help draw out-of-town visitors to its drive-through zoo.
“Home to over 900 animals, Lion Country Safari is Florida’s only drive-through and walk-through Safari and was America’s first “cageless” zoo,” Zoo Nation said on its website. “With about five miles of road to drive on, visitors to the park get as close to African animals as you can get without touching them. With thrilling animals such as lions, rhinos, giraffes, and ostriches, driving through the savanna at Lion Country Safari will be sure to give visitors an incredible look at the beautiful animals of Africa.”
Other exhibits on the list include: Harambe Wildlife Preserve at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando; Serengeti Plain at Bush Gardens in Tampa; and the East African Savanna at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China.
But the top spot went to the African Plains exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
The award is presented to an individual or organization that has a major impact on tourism.
The award is named after a Spanish ship that sank off the coast in the 1880s. The crew sold its cargo of coconuts to people who planted them along the waterfront. Ultimately, that’s how Palm Beach got its name.