At the Lion Habitat Ranch you can see a bunch of lions in cages, as well as a giraffe and a few other interesting animals.
Military, Police, Fire
3 and under free
1 free child age 4-14
with purchase of Adult ticket
$10 – extra child with Adult ticket
$8 – extra child with Local ticket
382 Bruner Ave
Henderson, NV 89044
(Very close to the M Resort)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
This is a privately owned facility where the Evans family lives and keeps 40+ lions. They used to supply the lions for the MGM Lion Habitat, which closed down in 2012. Now, the Lion Habitat Ranch is open to the public. You can walk around 16 of the cages to view the lions. Other interesting animals live there too, including a giraffe. At specific times you can feed the giraffe (extra $) or watch him “paint” a picture. You enter through the portable-storage-looking box from the parking lot.
WHAT TO TAKE
The facility is stroller accessible and I would recommend taking one if you have toddlers. As far as I can tell, you can take food in. The experience is outdoors, so dress for the weather.
We went to visit because we had family visiting town and wanted to do something unique. It was definitely unique! We went in June, during what I recall was a record-breaking week for high temperatures. It was HOT! We only stayed about an hour, and the heat contributed to the desire to leave, especially for the non-locals with us.
WHAT WE LIKED
The lions were more active than lions you see at the zoo. Sure, a lot of them were sleeping, but we also saw/heard a lion roaring, saw one do a session with a trainer, and could get a lot closer that you do at the zoo. The staff were knowledgeable, available, and helpful. They helped us get some cool photo ops.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
If you are a person who is opposed to zoos, you would likely be opposed to the Ranch. I personally enjoy going to the zoo, and even this was a little much for me, as far as concern for the animals and their living conditions, etc. These people are passionate about lions and I have no doubt they do everything they can for the care of the animals they consider their “children,” but there’s something about seeing such a majestic animal caged.
I recommend not going during the summer months, as there is little shade.
WILL WE GO AGAIN
I don’t see us going again unless we have visitors who want to go. It’s a “once you’ve seen it you’ve seen it” activity for me. I would potentially go again to get the behind the scenes tour, but I am not interested enough in that to pay $150/person for it.