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Lions and Tigers and Drones! Oh My!

Visitors at the Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park saw a new attraction this week when PATIO’s newest 360 camera found itself the new desired playtoy of three curious african lions. Strapped to the bottom of a DJI drone in a rather macgyver-like fashion, our newest samsung gear 360 camera took a dive into the lions pit to film some exclusive 360 video footage of the magnificent animals.

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All of this was to aid in the efforts of the Lioness Woman’s Club to raise money for a new enclosure for the lions. Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park is funded through their official Charity, the Endangered Species Fund of Canada, and like many charities, the struggle to raise money can be an uphill battle. While this sanctuary has provided great rescue and rehabilitation services for these animals for many years, they are now finding themselves in increasing need for funds. A large part of this is due to the increase in animals arriving at the sanctuary in need of their services, as well as the current park enclosures needing to be upgraded to best accommodate the animal’s needs. A donations page has been created to facilitate in raising money for the big cats here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/endangered-species-fund-of-canada/  

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In learning about the plight of the big cats and the Lioness Women’s Club’s effort to help, PATIO was ready with our 360 cameras and drones to “fly” into action. Much like Batman.

Adventures In the Lion Pit

While undoubtedly powerful, the animals seemed almost docile and even playful in the care of experienced zookeeper Carl, who allowed us to enter the enclosure on multiple occasions for a up-close angle of the lions. Maybe a little too playful – in true cat fashion, one of the lions, Samira, took the first opportunity for batting practice with the novel ball-on-a-stick toy. If nothing else, it left us with officially the coolest excuse ever for owning a scratched up monopod.

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And of course; whats a trip to the wildlife park without a little exploring? Around the end of our trip we also got to say hi to some other fun mammals including a Bengal Tiger, a Ring-Tailed Lemur and (our favorite) a sassy Fennec. What do you think – new PATIO mascot?

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