Magazine article Sunset

Summer Safari

Magazine article Sunset

Summer Safari

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Lions roar from their new savanna in Denver's City Park

A tawny-maned African lion pads up to the watering hole, glances around, then bends over the pool to drink just inches away from you. It sounds like a scene from an African safari, but it's something you can do on a one-day getaway to Denver's City Park, starting at the Denver Zoo's new Predator Ridge.

The exhibit, scheduled to open June 22, is a lionviewing experience unlike anything outside of Africa. It includes three separate enclosures, one for lions, one for mothers and cubs, and one for the lions' hunting rivals: packs of hyenas and African wild dogs. Through the floor-to-ceiling glass along each enclosure, you can study the animals as they eat, defend territory, and come down to drink. Two lion prides are on display, and each rotates into the exhibit for part of the day. One added element: The lions periodically switch sections with their hyena and wild dog rivals. Moving into this enclosure filled with canine scents keeps things interesting for the lions. …

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