Lion Country Safari, Inc. - Uncancelled 1980

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Beautifully engraved uncacelled stock certificate from the Lion Country Safari, Inc. issued in 1980. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a lion's head with a group of lions cruising with the traffic. This item has the printed signatures of the company's president/chairman and secretary and is over 32 years old. Who needs to fly all the way to Africa and go on a safari when you have one of these certificates? Lion Country Safari was originally developed by a group of South African and British entrepreneurs who wanted to bring the experience of an African game park, then and now, an expensive and time-consuming trip, to families who would otherwise not be able to experience an African safari. South Florida and Western Palm Beach County proved to be an ideal location for the park due its year-round outdoor climate, plentiful land, a growing population and tourists who visit from all over the world. Today Lion Country Safari is home to over 1100 animals in the drive through preserves and in the Safari World exhibit area. Among the more notable species on display at the park are lions, white rhino, African elephants, chimpanzees, zebra and giraffe. Safari World, the walk-through area of the park, has been developed and improved since the park opened. The restaurant and gift shops were among the earlier additions. The petting zoo, merry-go-round, boat rides, aviaries, bird, reptile, alligator, and squirrel monkey exhibits, added over the years, have greatly enhanced the visitors' experience at the park. The KOA Campground was opened in the 1980's to provide overnight accommodation for visitors. Today the park encompasses over 1100 animals, 5 miles of drive-though preserve, over 200 campsites, 6 stores, 2 food outlets, a water plant, a sewer plant, a veterinary hospital, an animal demonstration theater, a summer day camp, gas station, and 120 employees who work to care for animals, maintain, and operate the facility. In its 33rd year of operation Lion Country Safari, Florida is one of South Florida's leading attractions and Palm Beach County's largest tourist attraction. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Lion Country Safari every year to experience the thrill of eye-ball-to-eye-ball viewing of magnificent animals in a natural open environment. As Lion Country Safari looks to the future, the park is embarking on a major expansion of the Safari World walk-through area. The area will increase in size by 50%, add numerous attractions including birthday party rooms, new alligator exhibit, new giraffe feeding exhibit, a children's play area, water play area and facilities for large groups. History from (old stock certificate research service)