In South Australia, the Monarto Zoo near Adelaide has revealed a new visitor experience called Lion 360. As the name implies, it lets you see the lions from every angle, because they're climbing above your head and yelling down at you:
"It's a truly hair-raising experience with visitors able to enter the cage and get closer than ever before to our amazing lions," Zoos SA chief executive Elaine Bensted told ABC News.
It probably is scary, but you're essentially safe in the enclosure, even if it feels like a giant cat is watching you with a murderous gleam in its eye. At first, I was much more worried that people under the lion's habitat would be stressing the animals out, but it seems like roaring in the face of nosey visitors is optional, and they're finding it entertaining:
Though it does appear that zookeepers are training the animals to come over somewhat, by feeding them tasty beef bits through the enclosure:
But smelling a lion's breath as it thinks about eating you must have some visceral effect:
How zoos should be, humans in the cages and the animals free— Nate Hudson (@natemfhudson) November 13, 2017
One question: What if a lion decides to pee when it's walking right above your head? That's the full Lion 360 experience.