Once in a lifetime, I think so. Something you will definitely never forget. Playing with baby tigers was awesome. My husband surprised me with this trip to Arizona, and our trip ended with me having playtime with two baby tigers. Their names are Harvest and Harmony, two Siberian tigers. What a way to finish off an already perfect vacation.
The tigers were brought in from the preserve in an animal carrier to the playtime area. I could hear them purring. The caregivers opened up the door to the carrier and out came two adorable 15-week old tigers, eager to play, and play they did. I was given a toy, a bottle tied to a string, for the tigers to go after. The caregivers told me this was like a big romper room for the animals. It was just unbelievable to be so close to the cubs. Their eyes are piercing, their fur so soft, and their personalities were fun, fun, fun. I loved just watching the two of them play. They really enjoy each others company. At one point, the caregivers tried to pull them apart to play with the toy but the one had the other by the foot and would not let go. It was like they were stuck together with Velcro. At times I was a little intimidated when they both came charging at me to play. The cubs weigh about 50 pouinds each. Playtime with the tigers ending soon, but you will be able to interact with them in splash time, which is coming in June of 2006. Check out the web at www.outofafricapark.com for more information.
If you are in the greater Phoenix area, you must take the 90-minute drive up highway 17 to this park. It is great fun for all ages. Your entry to the park will help feed the animals. Admission is $28 for adults and $20 for children, and I don't think that is a bad price for a day of entertainment. Tiger playtime ran $300 for up to four people in the play area, and the price included admission to the rest of the park. The staff thanked us very much, because this does help keep the park going.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Verde Valley Justice Ct. Rd.
Camp Verde, AZ
Hours: Wed-Sun 9:30am to 5pm