Lion Habitat Ranch | Located about 10 minutes South of the Las Vegas Strip, the Lion Habitat Ranch is an 8.5-acre lion sanctuary where visitors can observe and hand feed African lions.
Some of the 35+ lions that call the ranch home were previously on display at the MGM Grand’s Lion Habitat. The ranch’s owner, exotic animal trainer Keith Evans took the lions from the ranch to the hotel every day for 15 years before it closed in January 2012.
ADMISSION & HOURS
Adults | $25
*Adult ticket includes admissions for 1 child ages 4-14
Nevada Locals, Seniors, Military, Fire & Police | $20
Children 4-14 Years | $10 extra child with adult ticket
Children 3 years & under | Free
Friday – Monday | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Last Admittance | 1:30pm
Friday – Monday | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Last Admittance | 2:30pm
ADDRESS & PARKING
382 Bruner Ave.
Henderson NV 89044
Parking | Free
WHAT WE DID
We watched the lions roams, play, nap (they can sleep up to 20 hours per day), and even saw a few hand feedings by the trainers and ranch volunteers. We also got the hear them “talk” which consisted of them roaring loudly to one another across the compound. It was really intense!
Some facts we learned while at the ranch…
Most of the lions are connected by the same bloodline and are related to one of the original Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) lions used in Hollywood for movies
There have been 2 sets of cubs born on the ranch, both in November 2012 (they are grown now)
In the wild lions live roughly 8-12 years but in captivity, they can live 15-20+ years
They can weight anywhere from 300-600 pounds, run up to 40 miles per hour and can jump as high as 12 feet
Trainers use baby shampoo for baths with blow-dry treatments for monthly grooming
Each lion will eat about $8,000-$10,000 worth of horse meat & beef steaks per year
These photos are feedings being done by ranch volunteers.
OZZIE THE GIRAFFE
Ozzie the painting giraffe is currently the only giraffe in the entire state of Nevada. He weighs about 1500lbs (still growing) and has an 18-inch tongue. With the help of a trainer, Ozzie paints every day at 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00 pm for treats like broccoli or carrots. You can purchase a custom painting by Ozzie online or at the gift shop when available.
When he’s not painting, Ozzie is available for visitors feedings! You can hand feed him 3 pieces of lettuce for $20 with credit card or $10 cash. He will snatch them up pretty quick but it was still super cool to do!
The ranch is also home to a few other adopted animals including ostriches, emus, guinea fowl, turtles, and some exotic birds.
Although the ranch is not the large we spent a good 2 hours enjoying the animals, talking with the super friendly trainers, and learning about how the animals are cared for and some of their history.
The Lion Habitat Ranch is a definite must visit for animal lovers and you can feel good knowing any money the ranch earns goes towards the care of the animals.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Behind The Scenes Tour | Take a 90 minute behind the scenes tour around the ranch with a trainer to see how they feed, clean, and bathe the animals. $125 per person
Feast With The Beasts | Book a box lunch picnic or formal dinner and dine at a private table surrounded by lions. $300 per hour (2-hour minimum) plus food cost
Feed The Lions | Hand feed a lion (through the chain link fence) for $100 per pound of food, additional $50 for the second person.
TIPS FOR VISITING THE LION HABITAT RANCH
Hours are weather permitting and will close completely for rain
Free admission on your birthday with valid ID
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