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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : October 2000 : Meet some big babies at Six Flags Wild Safari

Meet some big babies at Six Flags Wild Safari

By Susan Weiner
The Asbury Park Press, Neptune, New Jersey
October 16, 2000

EVERYONE loves babies. They're cute and cuddly and smile a lot.

This summer, a 100-pound baby was born in Jackson and no one was surprised.

The 100-pound baby was born to a 6,000-pound southern white rhinoceros, and it was born at Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari.

There are lots of adorable newborns enchanting guests at the Wild Safari this summer, though these aren't your typical babies. If you've never been to the park, it might be a good time to take your first visit.

Six Flags Wild Safari animal park is a 350-acre, drive-through wildlife preserve featuring 1,200 animals from around the world, roaming freely.

The Safari team is very proud of its baby rhino, named "Hurricane" after the new Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park. Rhinos are an endangered species, so the birth of Hurricane was especially exciting. Hurricane will grow to more than 8,000 pounds.

On the same day that Hurricane was born, a white-tailed gnu calf was also born at the Safari. This is in addition to the two new giraffes, six new bison calves and three dromedary camel calves that also were born in the Safari this year.

Guests can find the newborn rhino in the elephant/rhino section of the preserve. There are eleven different sections of the park: The lion section, African Plains section (check out the zebras and gazelles), elephant/rhino section, American section (look out for the bison), the South American section, the monkey jungle, the tiger section, the Australian section (look for the kangaroos), the bird sanctuary, the European brown bear section, and the black bear section.

If you've never been to Six Flags Wild Safari, it is a self-guided journey in which you drive your own car though the various sections. You can see African elephants, ostriches, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions, bears, tigers, kangaroos, camels, baboons and more.

It usually takes about an hour to drive the 4.5-mile road through the Safari. Convertibles and cars with soft tops are not permitted. For everyone's safety, you are asked not to feed the animals or open your windows. Of course, you should not get out of your car at any time; these animals are wild and may bite or scratch.

The Safari warns that the baboons may damage your car and you enter the monkey jungle at your own risk. There is a bypass road, allowing you to drive around the monkey jungle.

You are asked to drive slowly through the Safari. Animals often are in or near the roadway. This is their home.

The Safari is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sept. 30, and then only on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October. Call for exact times.

Tickets for the Safari only are $15.90 per person, but there are two- and three-park tickets available. For adults, theme-park-only ticket is $46.60; two-park ticket (theme and Safari) is $48.70; three-park ticket (theme, Safari, and Hurricane Harbor) is $63.59.

Senior, 55 and over, theme-park only is $29.65; two-park is $30.70; three-park is $42.39.

Six Flags, which includes the Great Adventure theme park, Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor water park, is located on Route 537 in Jackson. It is Exit 16 off Interstate 195.

For more information, call (732) 928-1821.



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