The Daily Mail reports of a one-of-a-kind zoo: the Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo in China, where the tourists ride in cages and the wild animals roam free.
The concept behind the zoo, which opened in 2015, is to allow the animals to live in their natural habitat and for visitors to experience them in a safe, secure vehicle. The zoo keepers draw out the animals with chunks of meat usually tied to the outside of the vehicle in which the tourists are caged.
The tourists are driven through each area of the zoo to get an up-close and very real encounter with the animals.
The zoo is located in Chongqing city, and hopes to offer tourists a unique “dining experience” with the animals (without being the dinner themselves). They can feed the animals through the cage and/or window openings. Chunks of meat are usually handed out, but live chickens are a favorite.
The zoo opened in 2015 and the first three months it was sold out. And, tourists still flock to the zoo to visit the animals in their natural habitat.
The zoo’s spokesperson, Chan Llang, explains that tourists are warned “to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.” She adds,
“We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks.”