Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills in United States

Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills
Closed down1984
AddressLaguna Hills
CountryUnited States
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Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills is located at Laguna Hills, in Irvine, United States

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An escaped elephant killed a motorist on the 405 freeway and had to be euthanized.

In 1972, the Laguna Hills Lion Country Safari in California imported seven Asian calves and dubbed them the "Seven Dwarves." They came from Thailand and cost $800 per elephant. Shortly thereafter they were transferred to the West Palm Beach Lion Country Safari in Florida, minus one that died beforehand.
Sneezy (SB160) was sold to the Memphis Zoo in July 1974 and has resided at the Tulsa Zoo since 1977. Happy (SB208) and Grumpy (SB168) were sold to the Bronx Zoo in March 1977. Happy still lives there with two other females Asian elephants, whereas Grumpy died in 2002. Dopey (SB148, later renamed Cindy) and Bashful (SB151, later renamed Jaz) were sold to Howard Johnson in May 1978 and transferred to his son Gary Johnson of Have Trunk Will Travel in 1987, eventually joining the George Carden Circus in 1993 where they still perform today. Doc (SB272, later renamed Vance) was sold to Bill Swain in June 1980, sold again to Mike Hackenberger of the Bowmanville Zoo eight years later, and died in 2007. The last dwarf, Sleepy, was the calf that never left California.

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Koehl, Dan (2020). Lion Country Safari, Inc - Laguna Hills, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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