At Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo in China’s Congqing city, humans and predators have switched places. Visitors are actually paying to be locked in a cage – and, stalked by huge cats and bears.
The experience gives people the chance to get up close to some of the world’s most ferocious animals, who they can even feed by hand, while also providing a sense of what it might be liked to live in a cage – albeit for a much briefer period than zoo animals endure.
Chunks of fresh meat are tied to the outside of a vehicle.
The vehicle then drives through the enclosure, attracting predators along the way while giving tourists the closest possible dining experience with them – without actually becoming dinner themselves.
The visitors are able to give food to lions and tigers through a small opening at the top of the cage.
“We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks,” said zoo spokeswoman Chan Liang.
“The guests are warned to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.”
“It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before in a zoo,” said visitor Tao Jen.
“We’re not looking at them, they’re looking at us — and we’re lunch.”