As an animal lover, I must admit that I am completely opposed to zoos. While there is still a long way to go before humans understand that all wild animals must be allowed to roam freely, this location appears to have found the perfect solution. In China, the Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo turns the tables on visitors. The animals are free to roam while humans who want to see them are kept in cages.
If you enjoy getting close to wildlife but despise the idea of an animal living in a cramped, man-made enclosure, you should definitely pay a visit to this one-of-a-kind location. The Daily Mail reports that the one-of-a-kind zoo recognizes that humans have encroached on animals’ natural habitats and that visitors should pay them a visit – but in a safe, secure vehicle.
The Lehe Ledu Zoo provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who want to feel what it’s like to get up close and personal with a lion or a tiger. And, because the visitors are in safe vehicles, you can get as close to those massive beasts as possible without risking your life. Tourists are also given the opportunity to feed the animals. However, only under the supervision of zoo staff and with specific food.
Some critics argue that allowing visitors to feed the cats is neither the safest nor the best option. Visitors have been warned, according to zoo spokeswoman Chan Llang, “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.”
“We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by big cats without the risks,” Llang explained. The venue has been sold out for three months since it first opened its doors in 2015. Despite the danger, it appears that people prefer to see wild animals in their natural environment.