, Feeding Lions at Shanghai Wild Animal Park

Feeding Lions at Shanghai Wild Animal Park

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Unlike regular zoos, this park is extremely interactive and lets you get up
close and personal with many of the animals.

You can feed a wide range of animals from doves to tigers and the prices range from 5 RMB to 30 RMB ($1 – $5).

In addition to feeding animals, you can also ride elephants, camels and horses. Oh, and you can hold adorable baby tigers!

I recommend that you get to the zoo as early as possible to skip the lines and enjoy the animal welcoming ceremony. Every morning at 9 AM animals are bought out to wait by the entrance and welcome guests: expect an unlikely assortment of dogs, flamingos, elephants and goat-riding monkeys.

There is a fork in the road soon after you enter the zoo and I strongly recommend that you go left and loop around the park. Make sure you check the schedule of performances and feeding times so that you don’t miss anything you’re interested in. Most animal feedings start at 11:00 – 11:30 and go on for about three hours.

One of the highlights of the park is its vehicle area. For 40 RMB ($6) you can get locked up in a caged bus that will spend about an hour driving through an area where wild animals roam free.

The best place to sit is up front because that’s where the guide sits. The bus will stop for him to feed giraffes, lions, tigers, bears, sun bears and wolves!

Take the safety instructions seriously despite some of the crazy people on the bus. Expect the bears to climb up the side of the bus and hang on with their sharp claws.

If you time it right, you can have lunch after the bus drops you off. Prepare to pay way too much for little portions but avoid the cheap stalls – their chicken is inedible and their tiny burgers will surely disappoint you. You’re better off going to a nicer looking restaurant with proper food.

Around noon, the zoo will fill up and you’ll find yourself dodging pedal cars and overexcited children. This is one of the reasons why I recommend coming so early. The lines for feeding animals aren’t so bad, perhaps because it can get expensive if you want to feed several animals and buy lunch on top of the 150 RMB ($22) entrance fee.

My husband and I did almost everything we could: we rode in the caged bus, fed a bunch of different animals, rode camels and held the baby tiger. We avoided riding elephants due to ethical issues and we had doubts about holding the baby tiger – as soon as it was handed to us it started crying and squirming, clearly distressed. With these exceptions, the animals seemed happy, healthy and excited to get fed!

Before visiting the park, I had many questions that the park’s website couldn’t answer. I’d like to give a shout-out to ILP for their informative blog post that convinced me to visit the park.

Watch our video from the park: https://youtu.be/CEh44u6fsYQ


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