Special to the Bulletin
Jungle Safari, a free-to-see zoo with baby lions, tigers, a black leopard, lemurs, a baboon, a camel, goats, a kangaroo, a water buffalo calf, ponies, and mini-horse and more is coming to Heartland Mall.
The educational exhibition of live exotic animals will be at the mall Nov. 7-11, and will be open to the public from from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday next week, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Big cat feeding is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. every day.
Free lectures are available by appointment for day care centers, elementary school and adult groups. Call the Heartland Mall office at 646-8531 for details.
A petting zoo for children is also part of the exhibit.
Jungle Safari supports a breed farm in Florida, which has donated many animals to zoos all over the United States in the past 30 years. These majestic animals are dying out in the wild, but due to the efforts of Jungle Safari, these animals are being kept alive in captivity to keep them from becoming extinct.
The family that owns the animals said its wish is that all animals could roam free and wild in their natural habitat, but that is only a dream at this point. Their habitat is being destroyed by human actions, while poachers are illegally killing animals that will bring income to them.
Jungle Safari will be located in the mall parking lot under a red, white and blue tent.