Zoo Lujan is known as one of the most dangerous zoos in the world. It is one of the only places in the world where you can get inside the cages of wild animals and interact with them. When Ryan (my hubby) and I were discussing the types of things we wanted to do in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Zoo Lujan was at the top of my list. I was fearful from reading some of the reviews that the animals have been drugged and not well cared for. Those fears were alleviated once we got there. Ryan booked the trip through Expedia because the zoo is located outside of Bueno Aires, and to be honest, it was nice having a tour guide that spoke English! When we arrived, our tour guide took us to the line to enter the tiger cages. The cage had four energetic and playful tigers in it and there were several handlers in the cage as well. Once it was our turn, we were instructed to leave our bags outside and to enter the cage. When we entered there was a tiger laying across a picnic table, so the handlers had us stand on the bench to pet and take pictures with the tiger.
We were then directed to another tiger where we were able to bottle feed her. It was truly an incredible experience!
The next line we made our way to was the lion cage. That cage contained one male and two female lions. We were able to take pictures, pet, and bottle feed the lions as well.
The highlight of the experience had to be the 3 month old lion cubs! We were able to hold them and play on the ground with them. They were so feisty and energetic. I don’t think I have ever laughed that hard!
It was obvious that all of the animals are well cared for and truly loved by their handlers. All of the animals were living with dogs, which is one of the ways the handlers train the animals to be so calm. If you ever find yourself in Argentina, I highly recommend a trip to Zoo Lujan for this once in a lifetime experience! Make sure to check out my other blog about my full trip to Argentina, and if you missed my blog about my experience on “The Price is Right” click here!
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