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African Lion Safari
Date opened 1968
Date closed 1991
Location Warragamba, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°53′58″S 150°36′10″E / 33.8994868°S 150.6026459°E / -33.8994868; 150.6026459Coordinates: 33°53′58″S 150°36′10″E / 33.8994868°S 150.6026459°E / -33.8994868; 150.6026459
Annual visitors 200,000
Website No Web site available

The African Lion Safari was a wildlife park that Stafford Bullen opened in 1968. It operated near Warragamba on the outskirts of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia until 1991.

There was also a dolphinarium in the African Lion Safari.

History

African Lion Safari was opened by Stafford Bullen (1925–2001) in 1968. At the time, Bullen was still operating a travelling circus, but in 1969 he gave this venture a permanent home at Bullen's Animal World. For the opening, a promotional single of The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was recorded by a band using the name "The Love machine" (the band turned out to be Tymepiece). The safari was popular in its early years and attracted up to 200,000 visitors each year.

With the suburbs encroaching on the facility, and extensive work required to upgrade the park following legislative changes, it eventually closed in 1991 but continued to hold animals on site that were used in a circus but not displayed to the public.

African Lion Safari originally opened in Warragamba, however sometime after this it relocated to neighbouring Wallacia, where it had a drive through area full of wild animals i.e. lions, bears, and tigers.

Incidents

On 7 August 1995, several lionesses escaped from the park, roamed the nearby townships of Warragamba and Silverdale, and killed a dog. The lioness responsible for killing the dog was shot by a park employee. As a result of the escape, the park was required to upgrade facilities. A bear also escaped and was shot by residents, as reported by Michael Feeny

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