The lion habitat ranch – or as some like to call it, the lion sanctuary – is only minutes from the Strip, and is home to lions, wild birds and Ozzie the giraffe. Now that summer is here, you can visit the lion habitat ranch Friday to Monday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and you better believe it gets quite busy, so the earlier the better. This location has been around since 1989, and the organization strives to make you fall in love with the lions. Don’t be alarmed when you leave feeling sad to say goodbye. This place is quite special.

Upon arrival, they ask visitors to sign a waiver before stepping inside the ranch. Once inside, you will notice fenced areas with lions, and walking paths to view the animals. This is truly a site to see, and your heart drops a little knowing that you will soon be up close and personal with wildlife. Ok, maybe not too close, but likely the closest you will ever get to a lion in person, unless you embark on an African safari.

If you’re feeling daring, you can hand feed a lion for $100 per person per pound of food, or $150 for two people splitting the food. That’s bravery. Sometimes the lions will be sleeping, and if that’s the case, head on over to Ozzie the Giraffe. Feeding Ozzie costs $10 per person, and this allows you to walk past the fence with an experienced trainer to offer a piece of lettuce for this gentle giant to munch on.

There are a few different viewing options at the lion habitat ranch. One in particular is the behind-the-scenes tour. In total, this takes around 90 minutes, and consists of being guided throughout the ranch with an experienced trainer who is present to answer any and all questions. This tour allows you to watch them feed, clean, water and bathe the animals as they do on a daily basis. Another unforgettable experience is called “A Feast with the Beasts.” This a private party for up to 20 people that will cost $300 for two hours. The feast with the beasts is a private table surrounded by lions that watch your every move. This can be a formal meal supplied by local caterers.

To book any of these tours, visit the lionhabitatranch.org or give them a call at 702-595-6666.

For free admission, show up on your birthday with a valid ID. In the case that your birthday happens to fall on a day they are not open, the lion habitat ranch will honor your day by allowing you to pick a time during the same month of your birthday to come in for free.