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Great Adventure's Wild Safari Changes

Early closure for park this season

Six Flags Great Adventure announced some big changes for its popular Six Flags Wild Safari attraction on Monday. 

For many years, guests of the safari have followed the path through the 350-acre sanctuary, seeing a variety of wild animals they might have otherwise only seen on television.

After Sept. 30 the public will no longer be able take a safari ride through the park.

"Six Flags Wild Safari has been an institution for many families whose first glimpse of exotic animals was with their faces pressed up against the car window," said Safari Director and Chief Veterinarian Bill Rives. "That chapter of our history is now drawing to a close."

The area has been described as the world's largest drive through safari outside of Africa according to the company. 

Park President John Fitzgerald said that while there will be changes, all the animals will remain at the Jackson facility. "Animal preservation and education has been a cornerstone of Six Flags Great Adventure since we opened our gates in 1974," he said. "While significant changes are on our horizon, our veterinary and animal husbandry staff will continue to provide excellent care for the more than 70 species of exotic and domestic animals that live here at Six Flags."

Fitzgerald did not release any information about what changes were to come but said those announcements would be made when the park releases details about the 2013 season on Aug. 30. 

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