From May 4 – September 29, 2019, African Lion Safari celebrates its 50th season, and a brand new baby elephant is coming to the party! Born in November, “Sunita” is now on view to the public, making this summer the perfect time to join African Lion Safari as they celebrate 50 years of history, conservation and family fun.
African Lion Safari has one of the most successful Asian elephant conservation programs in North America, and as the 21st baby elephant born here since 1991, Sunita is a tangible reminder that the original mission of the park continues on today. Its founder, Colonel Gordon Debenham Dailley, was an esteemed member of the Canadian military and was particularly passionate about helping endangered species. His dream of starting a drive-through wildlife park dedicated to the conservation of declining wildlife species was fulfilled in 1969 when the gates opened to African Lion Safari – a 700 acre wildlife park where exotic birds and animals roamed freely throughout its game reserves.
The newest and youngest member of the Asian elephant herd is just one of the animals on view in the park. You can get closer than you ever imagined to majestic birds and animals from around the world as you drive along 9 kilometres of trail in your own vehicle or on board the park’s bus. You’ll go “on safari” through seven distinct reserves where the animals roam free, seeing herds of zebra and giraffe, prides of lions, white rhino, baboons, and many other exotic species.
The safari experience doesn’t end with the reserves. From presentations to tours and all the fun activities in between, it’s easy to spend the whole day admiring and learning about the animals. Make sure your full day of family fun includes a cruise aboard the African Queen boat, where you can catch a glimpse of monkeys and lemurs, and a journey on the scenic railway to see birds and animals native to Southern Ontario. Nature presentations with parrots, elephants and birds of prey are offered throughout the day, and twice daily the cameras come out at the Elephant Swim, when the Asian elephant herd stroll out to the lake to play in the cool water, just feet from the crowd.
When your little monkeys need to cool down, they can get wet and go wild at the large wet play area, featuring gentle water slides, tumble buckets, and sprinklers, jets and geysers galore.
African Lion Safari is located just outside of metropolitan Hamilton and is open daily. Summer season tickets start at $27.95 for children and $39.95 for adults and a Wake Up the Wild experience, including unrivalled access and a private guided tour, starts at $109 per person. The park celebrates 50 wild years through the 2019 season, until September 29th.