Six Flags to discontinue drive-through safari

August 20, 2012 8:19:45 AM PDT
After 38 years of operation and more than 10 million drive-through visitors, Six Flags Great Adventure has announced the Wild Safari will discontinue allowing guests to drive their own vehicles through its gates after September 30, 2012.

Described as the world's largest drive-through safari outside of Africa, the 350-acre animal sanctuary is home to 1,200 animals from six continents. Although park management will not release details about the safari's future until August 30, the park's president assures guests that all animals will remain at Six Flags and continue to receive first-rate care and attention.

"Animal preservation and education has been a cornerstone of Six Flags Great Adventure since we opened our gates in 1974," park president John Fitzgerald said. "While significant changes are on our horizon, our veterinary and animal husbandry staff will continue to provide excellent care for the more than 70 species of exotic and domestic animals that live here at Six Flags."

Fitzgerald declined to release any further details.

"Six Flags Wild Safari has been an institution for many families whose first glimpse of exotic animals was with their faces pressed up against a car window," Safari Director and Chief Veterinarian Bill Rives said. "That chapter of our history is now drawing to a close."

Six Flags Great Adventure will release the details of its 2013 season August 30. For park information, visit

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