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Lion Country Safari celebrated Shark Week 2017 in a very creative way

Posted at 1:05 PM, Jul 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-29 23:21:15-04

In celebration of “Shark Week 2017,” Lion Country Safari’s lions pounced on life-sized shark-themed papier-mâché enrichments.  Jennifer Berthiaume, Marketing Director for Lion Country Safari, says enrichments, "help [lions] elicit some of their natural hunting behaviors."  

On Thursday as the lions were released from their night house around 9:45 am they met up with a whale shark, hammerhead, great white, black tip shark and a bull shark.

Education staff and Safari campers constructed and decorated papier-mâché sharks for presentation to the lions.  “Making enrichments is an integral part of the Safari Day Camp experience,” says Education Director Rhonda Beitmen.  “It enhances the campers’ understanding of animal behaviors and it enriches the animals’ lives at the same time.”

Safari Day Camp is an educational and entertaining summer adventure for children ages 6-13. Each week offers a different theme. Campers help prepare animal diets, observe behaviors, participate in feedings and presentations, visit with keepers -- all while getting "up close and personal" with our furred and feathered critters. Swimming, paddle boating, hiking, arts and crafts, and group games round out their experience.

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