Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Leisure

Six Flags Great Adventure to Stop Allowing Cars Through Wild Safari

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Aug 21, 2012 10:07 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Lion
An intern was killed by a lion at a cat park in Fresno.(Photo : Reuters)

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey will soon stop letting guest drive through their safari with their own cars. The safari drive-thru animal sanctuary has allowed guests to see giraffes, elephants, lions, and baboons from their cars for 38 years.

Starting next season, The Wild Safari will no longer allow guests to drive through. Six Flags did not give a reason for the change.  Changes are typically made in response to guest feedback and research.

With animals being allowed to come right up to cars, guests may have complained about damage that the animals caused to their vehicles.

Share This Story

In addition to this change, the safari season will be cut a month early this year and the last day for guests to drive through it will be September 30. Those who previously booked VIP tours after that date will still get to go through the attraction.

There is no word yet on how the safari will operate after the change, but the future plans will be announced on August 30. All that is confirmed is that the park's 1,200 animals will stay at Six Flags.

Currently, Six Flags gives guests the option of driving their own cars or taking a guided bus tour through the 350-acre animal safari.

Over 10 million visitors have driven through the Wild Safari since it opened at Six Flags in 1974.

"Animal preservation and education has been a cornerstone of Six Flags Great Adventure since we opened our gates in 1974," John Fitzgerald, the park president, said in a written statement as quoted by The Associated Press. "While significant changes are on our horizon, our veterinary and animal husbandry staff will continue to provide excellent care for the more than 70 species of exotic and domestic animals that live here."

According to The Associated Press, Safari Director and chief veterinarian Bill Rives said the drive-thru park "has been an institution for many families whose first glimpse of exotic animals was with their faces pressed up against a car window. That chapter of our history is now drawing to a close."

There are 17 Six Flags theme parks and water parks throughout the United States as well as one in Mexico City and Montreal. Only two of the parks have an animal safari, but only Six Flags Great Adventure gave guest the option to drive through themselves.

 

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Lima, Peru

A Travel Guide to Peru: Things to Know

Peru is a cultural hub filled with unique sights to see, amazing cuisine, a plethora of activities, and is definitely somewhere worth putting on your travel bucket list, but there are a few things to know before planning your trip.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

AirAsia plane

AirAsia Search Area: Search For Missing Bodies In Crash At Java Sea Officially Ends, 106 Bodies Recovered, 56 Bodies Still Missing

AirAsia Search Area – The search for the missing bodies from the AirAsia flight QZ 8501, which crashed Dec. 28, 2014, has officially ended. According to the head of the Indonesia rescue agency, the search for the bodies at the Java Sea ended Tuesday night.

Ryanair $15 Flights From Europe To America Coming Soon

Ryanair $15 Flights From Europe To America Coming Soon

Ryanair $15 Flights – Ryanair, Europe's largest discount airline is reportedly going to begin flights to the United States, with some seats selling for less than $15 each way. The board of the Irish-based airline OK'd adding the Ryanair $15 flights Monday, ending years of conjectures of when the airline would eventually turn its sights to North America.

Hajime Robot restaurant

Anti-Robot Protesters at SXSW: Fighting the Artificial

In what seems to be the precursor to a real-life Terminator movie, dozens of anti-robot protesters rallied near South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, yesterday, protesting, of all things, the rise of artificial intelligence technology. They were evidently concerned by the rise of artificial intelligence, and showed their disdain for ‘thinking machines’ with signs, shirts, and other protest memorabilia.

Myanmar

Ferry Capsizes in Myanmar: 34 Dead, More Than A Dozen Still Missing

Tragedy strikes as a double-decker ferry capsizes in Myanmar killing at least 34 passengers, according to police reports in Saturday.

Megabus crash on Interstate 65

Fuel Truck Overturns On Interstate 95, Two Reported Injured, I-95 Reopens After Almost 10 Hours

Fuel Truck Overturns – A tanker truck passing through Prince George County had overturned at the Interstate 95. The incident occurred Tuesday morning. The said truck had been carrying more than a thousand gallons of biodiesel fuel.

Kim Jong Un

North Korean Missiles Aimed at US?

Recently, North Korea made another bold display of its military might by launching a ‘cutting-edge’ anti-ship missile on the nation’s east coast. The launch happened just as the United States held the last day of joint military exercises in South Korea. As expected, the North Korean’s statement caused further tension with the West, especially with their neighbors in the south. This news got people asking: Are there any North Korean Missiles aimed at US territory?

Alligator in Golf Course

Alligator In Golf Course New Orleans Repeats In Florida: Rare Sighting Photographed By Golfer May Not Be Doctored After All

Alligator Golf Course New Orleans - The rather shocking incident during the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans recently happened once again. This time, the reptile was spotted at a golf course at the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, on Florida’s west coast.

Two People Shot Dead At Jennifer Hudson's Mothers House

Baby Utah River: 18-Month Old Baby Girl Found Alive In Upturned Vehicle, Mother Found Dead, Rescuers Allegedly Heard Voice Saying ‘Help Me’, Voice Not Of Child

Baby Utah River – An 18 month old baby girl was rescued from an upturned vehicle at the Utah River 14 hours after the deadly crash. While the mother was found dead, rescuers found it miraculous that the baby survived the icy temperatures. However, the most surprising incident from the rescue was the fact that rescuers had heard cries for help.

Jihadi John Apologizes To Family, 26-Year-Old Not Sorry For Beheadings

Jihadi John Apologizes To Family, 26-Year-Old Not Sorry For Beheadings

Jihadi John Apologizes – Mohammed Emwazi, also known as The excecutioner ”Jihadi John" in a slew of Islamic State videos, has apologized to his family for the trouble he has caused them after he was identified as the masked ISIS militant butcher from Britain, The Sunday Times of London reported.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics