Sunday, June 3, 2012

World's Most Dangerous and Controversial Zoo - Lujan Zoo in Argentina

This controversial zoo in Argentina allows tourists to have extremely close encounters with some of the most dangerous predators in the world.

Here at the Lujan Zoo near Buenos Aires visitors can ride lions, cuddle bears, stroke tigers and feed cheetahs. Cages are accessible to everyone who paid $50 and signed the paper saying that if you are eaten, the Zoo is not responsible.

Shockingly there doesn't appear to be much in the way of safety regulations to protect either humans or animals and Internet blogs are littered with pictures of tourists with the animals. Even children are allowed to enter the lion's cage and fondle a range of animals that have the potential to kill or maim them.

The animals appear to be very sedate and tame and keepers casually supervise the animals that aren't chained when they are out of their cages. Visitors can even pick up the smaller animals and manhandle them at risk to themselves and the creatures.

Lujan Zoo is about 50 miles from from Buenos Aires, has an entrance fee of just £5. It claims to be dedicated to the conservation of endangered species. But the Animal protection charity, The Born Free Foundation, has condemned the zoo and issued a statement to urge tourists not to visit it. Have a look at some more photos of people having an extremely close encounter with these endangered species...

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