Talk about a wild way to wake up: the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is now offering visitors a chance to have breakfast with tigers – real tigers, not that cartoon from the cereal ads.
Safari Park officials said “Breakfast With Tigers” will be held on Saturdays from June 28 through Aug. 16 in the Tull Family Tiger Trail’s Sambutan Longhouse between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., before the park opens to the public.
The Longhouse is located right in the center of the park’s new Tiger Trail area.
The morning event includes an open breakfast buffet and an opportunity to view the Safari Park’s Sumatran tigers in their yards. A tiger keeper will also demonstrate a training session with one of the trail’s big cats during the breakfast and share stories about the tigers.
After breakfast, guests can explore Tiger Trail and the rest of the park. Tickets are $45 per person for breakfast and admission to Safari Park is sold separately.
Tiger Trail – a 5.2-acre forested habitat – opened last month. It boasts three separate tiger yards with rocks for climbing and lounging, ponds for swimming, long grasses for catnaps and trees to use as scratching posts.
The trail is part of the facility’s conservation efforts for the species.
Safari Park is home to six Sumatran tigers, four of which are under four years old. There are fewer than 350 Sumatran tigers in the wild and, without protection and preservation efforts, scientists predict the species could be extinct in its native Sumatra by 2020.