Have you ever dreamt of looking a lion right in the eye? Or imagined what it would be like to be inches away from their massive bodies?

Well, the wait is over. August 4 was a great day as Parc Safari kicked off the official launch of their new glass tunnel and feline observatory. An innovation in “walking amongst the wild,” the tunnel stretches across both the King’s den and the lionesses’ den which is shared with the youngest lion in the zoo: Shaka, who was born at the park May 30, 2003. He is already as big as the twins Maisha and Kiwanja, who were born April 10, 2002.

The people were thrilled to stand in the middle of a lion’s den, because they were able to stare such a powerful beast in the eye. The overwhelming experience had the crowd gasping and gawking.

The trainers placed food on each window pane along the top of the tunnel. As the gates opened, the animals ran straight toward their rooftop feast and with one mighty leap they were suspended above the awestruck group.

And that’s just their newest attraction.

Parc Safari has over 800 exotic animals from five different continents, including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions, macaques, chimpanzees, white tigers and many others. Children squealed with delight when they fed the fawns from their own little hands on the deer trail.

Screams of happiness could also be heard from the amusement park and the water park. There are rides for the brave and for the mild mannered, too. To relax, the lazy river is the perfect place to cool off and unwind from all the monkey business.

Parc Safari is open from 10 am to dusk daily and the season ends on October 11, so come by the Nation office and pick up your free tickets today!