Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lion Country Safari

I was ill-equipped, unable or unwilling to learn the sport of football -  not good for an East Texan.  Midway through 8th grade, my second year in pads, my post-season weight was 88 pounds.  I decided then and there that the extra mass I would pack on over the summer before High School would be unfair to the opposing squads.  It was time to retire.

Never played Texas High School Football and never visited Lion Country Safari in Grand Prairie but,,,, I can still visit if I travel to Florida.


Lion Country Safari Inc. was founded in 1967 by a group of South African and British entrepreneurs who wished to provide a safari experience for families who would not normally be able to experience it. The park originally exhibited only lions.

Between 1967 and 1974, Lion Country Safari, Inc. opened 6 animal parks, one near each of the following American cities: West Palm Beach, Florida; Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Richmond, Virginia.

The first park, in South Florida, is the only Lion Country Safari still in operation. At one time there were parks in Irvine, California (1970-1984); Grand Prairie, Texas (1971-1992); Stockbridge, Georgia; Mason, Ohio (1974-1993) and Doswell, Virginia (1974-1993).

Grand Prairie's Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari Today Be sure to look in satellite view.
Lion Country Safari at Wikipedia
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