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Six Flags to End Safari Drive-Thrus

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey will be closing its animal sanctuary a month early this season and says in the future it will no longer let visitors drive their own vehicles through the park.

The amusement park in Jackson announced Monday the Wild Safari portion of the park will shut down Sept. 30 except for some previously scheduled VIP tours.

Six Flags lets visitors either drive their own vehicles through its 350-acre animal sanctuary or take guided bus tours.

Six Flags says all animals will remain at the park. But it won't provide further details until 2013 season plans are announced Aug. 30.

The animal park has had more than 10 million drive-thru visitors since 1974. It's home to 1,200 animals including giraffes, elephants, rhinos and lions.

 

Share your stories about visiting Wild Safari through the years in the comments section.

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Billy from Pine Barrens, NJ

I remember when they had all the baboons driving around in their own little go-carts. I thought it wasn't the best natural setting for them, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Aug. 22 2012 09:41 AM
Alan from Bronx, NY

Truthfully I found it rather scary. Animals where running around. I thought our car would be rammed. Rhino's would do that...

Aug. 21 2012 07:30 PM
tara from Short Hills

I remember the big deal was that you couldn't drive through the safari with a soft-top car. There were dire warnings that the primates would rip through your roof to get the food inside.

When I was a kid I thought the safari was awesome but now as an adult I realize it seems pretty cruel. New Jersey doesn't seem the best natural environment for these animals.

Aug. 21 2012 04:38 PM

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