Oleg Zubkov, a entrepreneur with a military background, has turned the Cold War military base into one of the best tourist attractions; an African savannah on the Crimean Peninsula, a unique attraction in Eastern Europe.
Now called Taigan Safari Park, the base’s tenants currently include monkeys, miniature zebras, parrots, and several lions in a fierce change from its Red Army past.
Visitors and locals now have the opportunity to see firsthand what was they once had to travel to Africa to witness; Lions in the savannah.
“I thought that a lion safari park would work very well in the Crimean environment,” Zubkov said, “And it did. Today, we have 54 lions living in our park, 30 on the range and 24 in cages. It gives a great opportunity for scientific studies.”
Animals look happy and often they just walk around you. You can even feed them with the food sold at place. The territory is vast which makes Taigan a nice place to walk around especially with kids. Definitely worth seeing! Enormous, huge territory with a hotel, souveniur shops etc. The entrance fee is around 20 usd and it’s totally worth it.
The place is called Park of Lions, though actually there is quite a variety of other animals and excotic birds as well. They also have tiger, lamas, a camel, bears of several kinds, plenty of various birds, couple of girrafes and much more.