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Emerge in the lions' den in an Australian-first

Lions 360, an Australian-first experience at Monarto Zoo, will open to the public this Sunday.

Developed by Zoos SA, Lions 360 allows visitors to safely walk through a tunnel under the lion enclosure and emerge in the heart of the 10 hectare habitat of the lions’ den, surrounded by up to 11 lions.

Monarto Zoo attracts over 130,000 visitors a year and this new experience is expected to increase visitors by an extra 3,000 people annually, spending an estimated $1 million in the region annually.

Zoos SA Chief Executive Elaine Bensted said Lions 360 is a truly hair-raising experience.

“Visitors are able to walk through a tunnel and emerge in the heart of the lions’ den, putting you within clawing range of one of Australia’s largest lion prides in absolute safety,” said Ms Bensted.

“With as few as 20,000 lions remaining in the wild, Lions 360 will allow us to continue our work as a conservation charity raising awareness for this amazing species.”

Lions 360 has been co-funded by the South Australian Government, Zoos SA, the Commonwealth Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program and ElectraNet.

Monarto Zoo is the largest open-range zoo in the world and is home to more than 500 animals and 50 exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles.

Image Caption: Monarto Zoo’s Lions 360 experience will provide a boost to local businesses and tour operators, and offer an opportunity for visitors to extend their stay and explore the region.

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