What sets Out of Africa apart is their carefully nurtured human/ animal relationships obtained from the animals’ point of view. Since we are human, we tend to look at the needs and wants of ourselves before other creatures on the planet. Commercialism becomes the dominant factor in any business, even zoos. After all, every business has its expenses. However, if that is the overriding consideration, then the reason people go to zoos would be buried under corporate structure.
When we go to a zoo or circus we don’t want to see animals stuck in little cages, or to not be able to see them at all. We are tired of circus style trained animals, which demean their magnificence, reducing them to pets over which man dominates.
The reason we go to zoos is to have a real animal experience, a personal encounter with the wild. We want to see wild animals up-close, to feel the tiger’s majesty, to be blown away by the size of the rhino, and to laugh uncontrollably as the giraffe kisses us for a cookie. And we want to learn about the creatures with which we have only seen on T.V. or on the internet.
This is what Out of Africa does-creates real, personal experiences for those who choose to feel nature. Can you imagine watching a full grown Bengal tiger chasing one of our staff, catching him or her, and not hurting the person? This act by an apex predator demonstrates their cognitive, (free choice) capacity, and their personal friendship with a human being. In other words, it demonstrates rational thought and feelings, even in the heat of a triggered natural predatory instinct. This activity can be viewed by guests’ everyday in the Tiger Splash Show®. What’s even more amazing is that no animal is ever trained at Out of Africa! Their relationship makes the difference. The animals are allowed to be themselves, and become ambassadors from the wild to us. We invite you to experience this for yourselves.
Written by Dean Harrison
Co-Founder / Co-Owner of Out of Africa Wildlife Park