Lion Habitat -- CLOSED
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- Lion Habitat -- CLOSEDMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Sep 25, 2013
So what if this place is closed… I do miss it. I always enjoy being up close and next to dangerous beasts… I mean look at my friends and enemies… Hell perhaps they are frenemies… but yeah back to the subject at hand…
I have never seen these lions ever move from a sleeping position out of having seen them like 15+ times. I think the exhibit was closed years before but no one told anyone anything and the lions were mummified by the dry desert air… purportedly they did move now and then at feeding time… or were there strings attached… did anyone see if someone was working a marionette inside the cage?
None the less I do miss gazing upon these magnificent beasts. I do love big cats quite a bit so I am sad that they removed them. However I am happy to be out of the danger zone at the same time… perhaps someday they will return to the Metro Goldwyn Meyer casino…Recommended for:
- Lion Habitat -- CLOSEDAmbassadorMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureStudentsAdventure TravelersJul 04, 2012
The excessive crowds and 90% chance that the lions are simply sleeping when you walk by are enough for me to dock it a few stars. However, that doesn't mean it's not a cool feature to have a lion habitat within a big city hotel. What I love is that the lions don't live within this small glass enclosure, gawked at by tourists 24/7. They are owned and cared for by a private handler outside the city, who exhibits them to help educate the public about the majestic feline. As an animal lover, this reassures me! Try to view the lions during feeding time or early in the morning before the swarming crowds.
- Lion Habitat -- CLOSEDMar 19, 2013
I am SO bummed this is closed now. I used to love to go over and look at the lions. Sometimes there were little lion cubs...and when there were you could have your picture taken with the cubs. It was a lot of fun to watch the lion and lionesses "do their thing." So sad it's not there anymore.
- Lion Habitat -- CLOSEDDec 24, 2012
This used to be a really cool exhibit in the MGM Hotel/Casino with hand-raised baby lions, but it is closed now. The lions had a huge enclosure with a plexi-glass walkway to give viewers am awesome view of the kitties running around and resting.
- Lion Habitat -- CLOSEDAug 23, 2012
My absolute must visit. Although crowded, worth hanging out and just watching the lions.Plexiglass tunnel is great when they fall asleep a couple feet above your head and everyone loves it. For adults I recommend grabbing a ridiculously large drink before you go. More fun that way.
- Lion Habitat -- CLOSEDMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Aug 20, 2012
Update as of August 18 2012 MGM Hotel has closed the exhibit down. Just to see the MGM Hotel is great but the loins are avalable, just walk by and that is it, but it's free and accessible.
- Lion Habitat -- CLOSEDAug 16, 2012
Being that close to lions with a really thick acrylic glass separating you is purely crazy and awesome at the same time.
It is really neat watching the trainers interact with the lions. I can't help but think I hope that lion doesn't take off the trainer's head, they are wild animals after all.
The last time I saw them, all did was sleep and sleep and more sleep. That's alright. I probably would do the same too if people stared at me for a better part my of my day.
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- Lion Habitat -- CLOSEDMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersJul 04, 2012
This is just something different from other stuff in Vegas - this is literally in the middle of the casino. Since I'm not a big gambler, it was a good way to kill some time and amuse myself while my friends were off doing other stuff in the casino.