A new safari park opened last Saturday (15 July) allowing the people of New York to see lions, elephants, bears and giraffes roaming free less than an hour's drive from the city.
GV Ostriches on road
SV Lions walking along roadside
LV ZOOM TO Rhinos (2 shots)
LV Lion & lioness eating
CU Camels (2 shots)
LV Deer past cattle (2 shots)
Travel shot past Zebras, ostriches (2 shots)
SV Ostriches looking into cars
This NBC film shows visitors driving through the park and watching the wild animals from the safety of their cars.
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Background: A new safari park opened last Saturday (15 July) allowing the people of New York to see lions, elephants, bears and giraffes roaming free less than an hour's drive from the city.
More than fifteen hundred animals and birds are housed at the nature park at West Milford in New Jersey.
SYNOPSIS: Ostriches strutting along a road in New Jersey are among the more exotic animals that can be seen in the newest game park opened in the United States.
Only an hour's drive from New York, visitors can get within a few feet of wild lions provided they remain in the safety of their cars.
The bears, lions and other dangerous animals are kept apart from the more docile animals in the park.
Like other safari parks opened in the United States and Europe this one is a commercial operation. Its promoters say, however, that they intend to set aside forty acres of land where scientists will be able to study the habits of animals in natural surroundings. A study of the eating habits of some animals is expected to be one of the projects undertaken.
In all, the park contains more than fifteen hundred animals and birds, ranging from zebras and elephants from Africa -- to tigers and water buffalo from Asia.
The manager of the New Jersey safari park believes the parks are more healthy than zoos where animals are often cooped up two by two. In a park they can form larger groups according to their naturally instincts. And that makes watching the animals more interesting for the visitors too.