Gr8 Getaway: Wild Things Zoo in Dade City

DADE CITY, FL (WFLA) — Lion and tigers and gibbons, oh my! These animals along with several other species are available for “personal encounters” at the Wild Things Zoo in Dade City.

Wild Things is a unique alternative to a zoo because visitors choose personal encounters if they want a hands on experience with their chosen animal. As part of News Channel 8’s Gr8 Summer Getaways, it proved a perfect place for a family of four to have a unique experience under $108.

News Channel 8’s Leslee Lacey took her mom and nephew along for a Jungle Safari tour where they fed a buffalo, and eventually a lion. Visitors will get an educational tram ride through the zoo and learn about the different animals. Then, a personal guide will take you to your chosen encounter. Some of the available choices include holding and playing with a baby white tiger named Luna, who loves his tummy rubbed. Visitors can also hold a baby Gibbon who loves to cuddle.

A family of four can purchase four Safari Rides; with two adults and two kids, there is enough left over for four animal encounters. Encounters come at different prices but most are between $12 and $20. More extravagant encounters such as swimming with an alligator or tiger, cost substantially more. For complete pricing see the Wild Things web site at www.dadecityswildthings.com.

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