Thursday, April 02, 2009

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

A 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. Lujan Zoo is about 50 miles from from Buenos Aires, has an entrance fee of just £5.

Visitors can even pick up the smaller animals and manhandle them at risk to themselves and the creatures. 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.

Animal protection charity, The Born Free Foundation, has condemned the zoo and issued a statement to urge tourists not to visit it.
Will Travers, CEO of The Born Free Foundation said: 'Based on what I have seen displayed on the Lujan Zoo website, I am fearful that a terrible accident is going to happen.

'The zoo is, in my view, placing the lives of its visitors at great risk by encouraging them to have 'close encounters' with dangerous, potentially lethal, wild animals.

'Anyone who has any knowledge of big cats will understand that they are wild animals and, as such, as unpredictable.'







































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40 comments :

Darius Whiteplume said...

I find that a little fucked up, but then those animals have not been doing great in the wild lately.

TimN said...

Looks good to me. Seems like it should be fairly self-policing. You go and act like an ass, you might get eaten. Behave and you might have an opportunity to see some interesting animals.

I wonder how many people have been eaten so far...

Anonymous said...

COOL!!!
I will try to get to Buenos Aires as soon as I have my will written.

Anonymous said...

I bet other Lions watching this going, "Damn those guys are lucky, look at the smorgasbord in there!"

Robson said...

dope animals... sure...
sux

Amanda said...

Hola,

Lloro con tan sólo ver éstos animales. Por culpa de la gente que concurre, el negocio sigue. Por favor tengan un poco de compasión no fomenten esto!
La gente que ayuda allí no es el personal adecuado y capacitado. Los animales se encuentran en malas condiciones de cuidado y alimentado.

Por favor!!! Usen sus mentes, no concurran a estos lugares!

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Amanda - ¡Convengo! Es horrible.

perfumes said...

Hola,
Yo también soy de argentina.
Los Animales de ese Zoo no parecen "normales" está como adormecidos.
Según sé, ya varias veces ha ido la justicia a revisar, pero sigue abierto todavía.
saludos,
Lauri

James said...

Confused!

CaraB said...

This is horrible and totally unfair to the animals. I agree with Darius -- the animals have not been doing great in the wild. However, this is totally exploiting them and basically a form of torture. What else can we do to the other creatures of the world? We eat them. We test beauty and cleaning products on them. We kill them for their parts or their fur. Animals have emotions and feelings and should be treated with some sort of respect and compassion. Allowing them to live caged up for people's amusement is cruel and unfair.

Darthob said...

Exploiting animals is a form of torture? I'm sorry, but I don't think I saw any torture going on here. Do you think an animal being "torture" would react to this situation the same as these are? No. Animals aren't (that) stupid. Sure they have emotions, but do you know how they are feeling right now? I can tell you one thing, they sure as hell aren't feeling hungry. They aren't unhappy. Hungry unhappy animals tend to act up and feed themselves where as these animals don't mind being around humans. They don't feel threatened or endangered.

Talvez los animals parecen dociles pero porque no? Estan viviendo en un lugar donde les dan de comer y tomar. No tienen porque ser "feroces" ni naturales. Talvez es triste que no son tan salvajes como deberian ser, pero mire a los humanos. Nosotros tampoco somos feroces ni salvajes porque no tenemos rason para serlo.

The animals may seem oddly calm and docile but only because they are in an environment in which they are being fed and taken care of. They have no reason to be fierce or wild. Sure it may seem sad because we have some idea in our minds that they should be ferocious and savage but why? Look at human beings. We aren't savage and wild, ferocious and blood thirsty. We don't need to be. Same as these animals.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone see the girl in the background playing with the lion? I thought that was a bit bold! I'd be quite afraid that she would bat me with her paw instead of the tire...

Ian said...

LOL @ the guy swinging the bear by its legs!

Anonymous said...

Hey I am sure these Potential Lethal animals have been given some injections or Tranquilizers may be in moderate quantities to make them easy to handle..The animals seems lost by appearance. Even a social animal dog gets irritated if fondled like this by unknown people...

Ranjiv Chadigarh

Anonymous said...

Even the deadliest beasts can be tamed. They seem tamed and not drugged.They are used to being touched by humans and being played around with. Sounds good to me.Where else can one touch a lion and be alive to flaunt it???? cheers.. ashish arora

RaafayA. said...

I would like to visit this zoo. Cool

Anonymous said...

"Even the deadliest beasts can be tamed"???

Well, "animal expert", tell that to Siegfried and Roy.

If the adults get eaten, then its just Darwin at work. Good riddance.

However, those kids are a different matter... EPIC PARENTING FAIL... tsk tsk

Anonymous said...

This is so cool,where can u do that anywhere in the world. God one more reason to love brazil besides its beautiful girls.
Jim

ElleGringa said...

Umm.... Buenos Aires is in Argentina!!! LOL @ Jim. Nice try... they don't even speak the same language! In my opinion.. the dude swinging the bear is fucked up. I don't see the harm in petting the animals, but sitting on their backs and riding them is a little much. They aren't draft animals and are not built to carry things. Most zoo animals are not able to live in the wild, so they don't have much of a choice in the matter. If they are born in to captivity, like I'm sure most of these are, they would die instantly if you released them. I guess you can always argue for releasing the younger animals, but good luck to them if they find a herd that will accept them. Treating animals with respect and providing them with ample room and a good environment is OK by me... abusing them, not so much.

Elish in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA lol

Anonymous said...

I really dont know about that zoo!
I`ve heard about the one in Palermo, and Im taking my son there! He loves feed animals!
When I will be staying at my apartment in Buenos Aires, I will take him there. I also been recomended about "Temaiken", have you heard about it??

Anonymous said...

@ Darthob:

How about we lock you up in a enclosed place and feed your stomach full and use you as a show piece..
I bet you wont feel bad and act all violent coz atleast you aint hungry and humans are civilized and nt savage right..

I am not against you and dont intend to start a argument.. Just broaden your horizon a little.. may be..

Anonymous said...

KNOWN FOR A FACT, THIS PEOPLE DRUGS THE ANIMALS, ITS BEEN DENOUNCED BEFORE... WHAT IS THIS, THE ABU-GHRAIB PRISON PICTURES MEET MADAGASCAR? WE HUMANS ARE THE SCUM OF THIS EARTH...

Anonymous said...

Poop on a stick

Anonymous said...

These animals are heavily sedated so that they don't attack humans. This is nothing less than torture.

Melinda said...

Oh you people are chickens, you only live once, why not get a chance to spend some close up time with God's most beautiful creatures? Has no one ever read the story of Daniel in the Lions Den, it's in the Bible.... True those animals are wild but I think they can tell who is going to hurt them and who won't. I'm sure they can sense the love coming from the people visiting them and I don't think God will allow a person to get hurt unless it is meant to happen. First chance I get I am soo going down there and holding a baby lion cub and a tiger cub, has always been my dream and to see peoples dreams able to come true... I don't care if I die, I'll be risking my life to hold one of my favorite and most loved animals... can't think of a better way to die actually. GO BIG OR GO HOME PEOPLE!!!!

Esteneo said...

I tell all those people who condemn this zoo, especially Will Travers, CEO of The Born Free Foundation, to go and see those people who make drives in
south Africa reserves, they get close to the animals, knowing it's a risk, but if something
happens they make the animals pay the price, the animals are shot to death if they act naturally
and attack. but in this zoo, it's reasonable, you go take your own risk, you being responsible
for your acts, not the innocent animals. besides, you shouldn't condemn the zoo, you should
condemn yourselves because you failed to convince people that predators are unpredictable,
even though you have all the tools you need: T.V, Websites, Commercials.. the zoo crew aren't
doing anything wrong, the people who are taking the risk are not little kids and they can decide what's too dangerous and what's not. the people who make drives in the reserve and make the animals pay the price if anything goes wrong, those are the people who should be stopped. there was many accidents there, and yet no accidents in this zoo.

d3rt said...

nothing but a bunch of dumb spics thinking this place os ok. lock all spics in cages.

Anonymous said...

Sure they're drugged up, but they aren't being malnourished or treated badly either. Think about how good that Lion feels when a kid is petting it, it's high as a kite! We aren't the only creatures who can enjoy this stuff, let em have there fun and give these kids and people a moment they will cherish the rest of their lives.

When something crazy does happen, it will get shut down. Until then, quit whining and go be proactive in helping the animals that actually need it.

Kelly said...

Live by the tiger, die by the tiger

Anonymous said...

I went to the Lujan Zoo about 10 years ago and went into the lion's cage with several lions and got to pet them while they were walking around and lying down. Back then it was free and you didn't have to sign any waivers. One of the lions did try to bite my hand when I went to scratch behind her ears. The keeper then decided to let me know that the lions are only cool with belly and back rubs.

va5el1ne said...

This is ridiculous! The woman riding the lion is lucky her face wasn't ripped of - look how fucking depressed that magnificent lion is. Don't even get me started on that awful person swinging that poor little bear

This made me physically ill.

AnneTiide said...

I really don't mean to offend BUT I really hope they eat someone so ppl get to learn something! ¬¬

Anonymous said...

Well I went there. They charged a general entrance of 50arg-pesos ($12) for locals or 100arg-pesos ($24) for foreigners. That was the general entrance and included visits to everything. The price is very reasonable considering that going to the movies in Buenos Aires costs 36.5arg-pesos then it is not about the money. I had a very nice experience there, everybody behaved very respectfully, including public and trainers. The trainers seemed professionals and I didn't feel in danger.

Anonymous said...

Let's not be hypocritical. The very old tv show Daktari use to have scenes riding Clarence the Lion.
http://www.toutlecine.com/images/film/0023/00238917-daktari-clarence-le-lion-qui-louche.html
Daktari mission was to promote ecological conscience and animal love.

Anonymous said...

What you don't see in the pic are the crusty white residue of the powerful sedatives they load the critters with in the corners of their mouths, AND the 20 rifles pointing at straight at the animals while the happy and delicious people laugh and smile. If I were a tiger, I'd probably keep my mouth shut too (i.e. don't eat people) if I had a firing line pointing right at me all day... Just sayin'.

mensajes claro said...

COOL!!!

Anonymous said...

I bet these porr creatures have been drugged all so stupid people can pose with them

Anonymous said...

I went to Lujan Zoo yesterday. Firstly, it was not $50 but 100 Argentinian pesos, therefore 17euros or $22USD. Secondly, we were not given a responsibility form to sign, we just walked into the zoo with only our ticket in hand. You don't have to pay extra to get into the cage. Thirdly, the cages with dangerous animals such as lions and tigers are strictly for 16 year olds and above. This article is not totally correct and up to date with its facts. Moreover, "manhandling" is not tolerated, with only strict and limited parts of the animals body to be touched. And I agree with the fact that the animals did not look "normal"/wild. They say they bring them up with dogs from birth, so that the tigers and lions imitate their more docile behavior. It is possible that they tranquilize the large dangerous animals, I don't know.

Mat3 said...

That cheetah looks overfed.

Anonymous said...

You can tell the male lion is way doped up . His head isn't even the size it should be, and these people don't see anything wrong with these beautiful creatures,they are not being treated right
Shame on all of you zoo reapers,and you people that pay to fill your egos. Shame on you all.