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Have your lunch date with a leopard!
Bringing you one of the most unique and thrilling experience, for the first time in the Middle East, you can have your lunch with the big cat - the Leopard.
This experience will get you closer to one of the most agile and ferocious wild animal, to get to know the habitat, nature and yes, of course, the beast's eating habits.
The encounter will be under the supervision and authority of the park's rangers, so all you have to do is just book it and get dressed for lunch with a leopard.
Your Lunch with Leopard will last for 1.5 hours (1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.)
The ticket includes
- Full day free admission to the zoo.
- An enrichment session with leopards.
- A complimentary private tour guide/educator from the park.
- Several mongoose and meerkat interaction experiences.
- An exclusive Q&A with the leopard keeper.
Note: Kids aged between 0-3 years are free of charge. Kids aged between 4-12 years are charged as per child fare. Kids above 12 years will be applicable as per the adult fare.
How to reach:
By bus: Service Number(225): Starts from Al Shahama bus station towards Al Rahba hospital passing through Emirates Park Zoo and Resort. Service Numbers: 202, 210, 218, 420 Stop on Street 17 in front of Ramez Hyper Market, Al Bahya.
By car: Emirates Park Zoo is 45 minutes by car from Dubai and a 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi city center. Directions from the NORTH (Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, etc.): From Sheikh Zayed Road (E11 ), take Al Bahia exit and follow the signs.
Inclusions:Inclusions: Enrichment session with leopards, Complimentary private tour guide/educator, Serval - Mongoose and Meerkat interaction experience, Exclusive question and answer session with the Leopard Keeper, Lunch
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The timing given to share the lunch with leopard in Abu Dhabi is approximately one and a half (1.5) hours. It starts from 1 pm to 2.30 pm. In order to have this exciting experience, you need to book advance reservation and confirmation. The payment of money should be done at least 3 days before. In case of any modifications or cancellation, you need to inform the zoo authorities before 3 days from the arrival date. Please keep in mind the starting timing cannot be changed if you’d wanted to. But, you can leave before the closing time which is up to your convenience.
Emirates Park Zoo is an indoor place, featured with all wild and farm animals. Being small in size when compared to other zoos, it gives the most thrilling feeling to its visitors and animal lovers. The place is specially constructed in some parts, where you can feed the animals and enjoy time with them. In addition, they also provide a luxurious resort in close vicinity to the zoo. From the room, you can hear the animals roaring, singing, and chirping.
In Emirates zoo, bringing dogs and other pets is forbidden. Due to safety reasons, no animals and pets are allowed to accompany you. As we know, Emirates Zoo gives shelter to both wild and farm animals it is highly risky for pets as well as the animals to attack each other and lead to grievous hurt. Otherwise, climbing over barriers or getting closer to the animals is also a threat to both of them. Moreover, the zoo staffs have authority to remove visitors who do not follow the rules. Hence, the tourists are advised to leave their pets at home or hotel and have a pleasant visit to the Zoo.
One can take a minimum of 1 – 2 hours to explore all the attractions in the Emirates Zoo. Here, the major activities include Elephant Encounter, Sea Lion Presentation, Bird Demonstration, Zoo Zip and Climb, and Driving Adventure. Apart from having lunch with leopard in Abu Dhabi, there are various interesting activities like breakfast with Giraffe, Crocodile feeding, etc. thus, it gives you the most-daring experience one after the other. And they also provide exciting fun games that are sure to attract your kids. One can spend their weekend time in the Zoo with his/her family and get some unparallel adventure.
Amur leopard (Panthera Pardus Orientalis) is considered as one of the critically endangered species, found in the southwest of Russia. At present, there are only minimum leopards available in the Zoo. This strongest yet endangered wild animal is facing lots of threats such as global warming, deforestation, urbanization, animal trafficking, and so on. Due to these, they are losing their natural habitat and migrating from one place to another. But, the Emirates Park Zoo is working meticulously to ensure the wildlife is preserved and kept safe for the next generation. They also initiated several programs to protect other exotic animals and plants.
Leopards are carnivores by birth and consume any meat they find. Be it a monkey, rodents, snakes, birds, fish, antelopes, etc. Unlike other cat varieties, leopards can easily accustom to a wide range of habitats and diet. They can live without drinking water like nearly 10 days, absorbing moisture from their food. In the Emirates Zoo, the leopards are fed with a commercial ground meat diet, usually provided to other zoo carnivores. It also includes large bones, thawed rabbit, and the carcass of sheep. But, when you share your dining with leopard, definitely, you will be served with a palatable cuisine and not the raw meat.
Yes. You will be allowed to touch the leopard until the trainer says “Okay”. Due to safety reasons, the zoo visitors are mostly not recommended to get close to the animal. However, with the help of trainers, they can touch the leopard and sometimes her cubs. Other than the leopard, you can touch and feed most of the farm animals such as giraffes, zebras, camels, monkeys, and peacocks. There is animal food provided to you, and you can enjoy feeding the animal. But, ensure that you don’t give any foreign objects or outside food to feed the animal as it may cause illness or even death.
Emirates Park Zoo and Resort Abu Dhabi is situated in 12th Street, Al Bahia, which is 35 km away from Abu Dhabi city. It takes 35 – 45 minutes to come from Abu Dhabi bus station to this place, subjected to traffic conditions.
By Bus – Buses that stop near Emirates Park Zoo and Resort are 202, 210, 218, 420, and 225 (service numbers). You need to start from Al Shahama bus station and cross the Al Rahba hospital and reach the desired place. Similarly, one can come from Street 17 in front of Ramez Hyper Market, Al Bahya. By Car – The Zoo is 45 minutes travel by car from Dubai, and 30 minutes travel from Abu Dhabi city center. One can take directions from the North (Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, etc…) From Sheikh Zayed Road (E11), take Al Bahia exit and follow the signs. There are free parking zones available inside the Zoo.
Yes. You can meet the trainers and ask them tons of questions. They will be delighted to answer all your queries. While you’re sharing lunch with leopards, you can ask them any doubts. And once the session is over, you can meet them personally as well. The trainers in Emirates Zoo are professionally trained and attained expertise in handling wild cats and other carnivore animals. While interacting with them, they will share you interesting facts and stories of animals. Moreover, they will share their experience with each animal. This is a lifetime opportunity, where many tourists couldn't get the same chance in other famous Zoos.
No. Leopards don’t hurt any human beings. Before introducing the concept of sharing lunch with leopard in Abu Dhabi, they made sure that leopards are highly trained by the instructors and know how to interact with human beings. Since they are trained from the beginning, they adapt to this environment surrounded by human beings and give them a good company. Emirates Park Zoo is a 100% human-friendly zoo, and they ensure the utmost safety to its visitors. However, all animals’ related activities are subjected to availability, health condition, and could be replaced if necessary. So, grab your camera, sunglasses, hats and loads of enthusiasm and have an astounding experience with Big Cats
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