Many people may not remember Southern Californias interactive animal parks of the 60s and 70s. Lion Country Safari in Laguna/Irvine was a 200 acre park where customers could drive through herds of lions, rhinos, tigers and zebra.In the sweltering heat of the summer, it truly felt like an African desert plain.
The other was The California Alligator Farm once contained over 1000 gators and was located in Los Angeles, CA. It was opened in 1907 by Francis Earnest and Alligator Joe Campbell. People would pay $0.25 to get into the park where they could mingle with the giant reptiles.