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Donnie do you remember me Randy Menken. Just wanted to say hey to and Gary. If you ever here from Charlie Hull tell him he still has my book on big cats. LOL

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Donnie I don't know if we should post our exploits. Sure would take a lot of editing! But I sure will come up with something.

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Randy just tell stories, Gary and I were only there 2 yrs. you were there about 9, we would love to hear about things after we left and I know Harry would love them too.

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Ok here's one. someone in .P.R had the bright idea for to catch a baby boon. She dressed it up and walked around the amusement with it. that little stunt almost cost me big. We caught up a baby and kept in one of the monkey houses for a week or two. Only problem was I had to feed it every day Seems momma didn't like that to much On the 4th or 5th day I was going in to feed baby and momma came off the roof . She landed on my shoulder .I fell between my truck and the monkey house good thing I have a hard head. Of course the rest of the boons got upset to. It got real hairy real quick. But I guess it turned out ok I'm still here and the park did get some good P.R.

Here's another as Lion 11 I was in my brown bear section when a guest told me there was a girl naked in the section! I called lion 1 (Butch) and told him I have a girl bare in the bear sect. He said have her wait a mo I'll be right there. Seems they were taking pictures for a mens mag.

Here we go again .I was in brown bears watching traffic. I spotted a Chevy van watching the bears by the pond. Louie a big male bear was by the passenger rear side window .We all learned a lesson that day. Seems those windows are mounted in rubber! Louie grabbed the rubber in his teeth window came right out. Louie was trying to climb in the mans wife was hitting him on the head with a doggie cage. I flew over and chased Louie away. lion 2 and lion 12 and I think woofie had to escort them out . That was the first window but not the last. My bears also flattened many tires. More then the Siberians did.

Donnie do you remember Bob Barry passing out twice at his wedding. I couldn't take a picture of that. But his wife really wanted me to.

Boy the stories keep coming back .Here one about Roosevelt. Charlie and I were digging post holes for a paddock on the African plains. Charlie went to get a gas posthole digger. He left me to keep a eye on the holes we had dug.1st problem was I didn't have radio 2nd problem Roosevelt came to say hello. I spent the next 1/2 hour up a tree! Charlie came back and we proceeded to hit a underground power cable. Melted the rubber grips on the digger. Break time!!! LOL

Oh boy here's one more. I think you know we had a bypass road in the monkey jungle. What you probably don't know was my gate girls had a way to handle stubborn guests .Seems like my girls {Michele, Linda and Lynn ]had a little water gun filled with sugar water or banana oil. They would squirt the vinyl roofs with it. Lost a lot of roofs that way!! LOL

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Great stories Randy! The banana oil one is a nasty joke!

 

What years did you work at the Safari? Were you assigned to a particular section or did you cover the whole Safari?

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I started in 74 about 3 months before the park opened. I was on gate 9,Barry was lion 11. Next year I was lion 9 Tommy Lear was lion 7. I seem to remember a warden nicknamed Trip. I think he was fired for running into the 1st lion fence. Next year I was Lion 11.I was Lion 11 until they electrified the road in the brown bears. we were losing a lot of tires, windows and various car parts. Next I was lion 19. Seems wherever I went there was always plenty of action. I have lots more stories but most can't go this site. I'll post a few more of the tamer ones. I think I left G.A.in 81.Donnie I posted my e-mail and I'm on face book

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Ok here's another one I think I can post. I was in the baboon section when a black Chevy wagon entered. In the car were 5 nuns. I watched as two females jumped on the hood. Next thing I know they had a orgy going on . I've never laughed so hard in my life! You had to see the expressions on the nuns faces! If I only had my camera that day. Ah well good times.

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Randy did you take over the lion section from Tommy Lear when he left the first time? Do you remember Winks and if so what was his real name? These are questions I got from an e-mail from Gary...

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No I became lion 9. Paul Demetri took Tommy's spot .I can't remember Winks name.Do you remember a warden named Trip? I relieved All the Cat sections at one time or another. Tell Gary I tried to friend him on face book . you too. Do you or Gary Know Tommy Armstrong? He was the elephant trainer from Ringling bros. He came after you left. .He was from Texas to.

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Here's a bit of trivia The 1st veterinarian was Doc Kline next was John Carver Then Doc Gutter. No I'm not making the names up. Just makes me wonder if you'd bring your pet to a vet named Carver or Gutter.

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