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#1 29yrswithaGApass

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 04:52 PM

Here are two interesting videos of Jungle Habitat in West Milford New Jersey that closed shortly after Great Adventure's Safari opened.

First, a great video of the park. It's interesting to see how similar their elephant area was to Great Adventure's:


And sadly, here's a presentation of the abandoned park in November 2007:


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Posted 19 January 2008 - 07:24 PM

Wow, I had no idea there was still so much left up there!

You know, it's really a shame Warner Brothers could never commit to their theme parks. First it was Jungle Habitat, which they had even announced they were going to expand into a full fledged theme park and never did (and then ended up closing), then when they bought Six Flags and really turned the parks back into themed experiences, but then lost interest and sold them off.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 09:58 PM

Wow that place was pretty far darn north, that may have been a problem. With GAdv is more in the middle of the state where alot more people can get there (ie Philly, South NJ, Del, would have had a long drive to there). So GAdv is in a much better spot.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:52 PM

QUOTE(GAcoaster @ Jan 19 2008, 07:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow, I had no idea there was still so much left up there!


I always knew the place was just left abandoned but I thought some type of development might have occurred by now. Just like the castle in Hamburg, this place isn't that far from where I work either. I may never make it back from lunch! rolleyes.gif



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Posted 30 January 2008 - 06:49 PM

Some friends and I have been up there a few times after first learning about its existence from Weird NJ. It was an interesting place to walk through when we were there. I know the are has come unde a much more watchful eye within the last few years as have most of those sites up in the West Milford area, so going is probably out of the question anymore with frequency. Certainly looks like it was an interesting experience as safari's are always fun and entertaining.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:32 PM

I know Phil has it on his to do list for future fly-overs, so we should get some interesting shots of the ruins.

That reminds me, I need to send Phil a message about a fly-over.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:21 PM

Awesome Phil's flyovers are always fun to take a look at. And I am sure Jungle Habitat would be interesting to take a look at from that perspective.

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:24 PM

Yes, Jungle Habitat IS on my shoot-list for the next nice day that I am in the area. I have sporadic pictures here and there of the area in general with of course the airport as the main element, but none of just the ruins.

I believe that the access roads to and from West Milford/Greenwood Lake were the demise of this park. My Dad tells me of a colleague of his said he waited on line for literally hours, just to get IN, and were even diverted onto the airport's taxi-way/runway because there were too many cars and just not enough parking areas. IMO, the only way that this park could have survived, especially if they were to expand, was if one of the two-lane roads was opened-up to a 4-lane thoroughfare.

I was there once as a child with my Mom and Grandmother, and we did drive thru the Safari. I distinctly remember the bumper to bumper traffic going thru in a HOT, un-airconditioned car. I also got to ride an Elephant and a Camel. Then my buddy and I drove there to explore back in the early 90's, when the huts, buildings and really neat bamboo/stick/whatever bridge was still intact. I only wish I took pictures back then like I do now wherever I go..... sad.gif

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:37 PM

It is too bad that the attraction did not survive as it was a great idea, just a bit ahead of its time really. If it wasn't for the fact that the place is in such dissarray now and the surrounding areas were so built up I would have said it would be nice to see it open at least in some way again.

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:37 AM

Jungle Habitat was first to offer the drive-thru safari park AND Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang to New Jersey audiences. Look at the size of Tweety's head! blink.gif



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Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:34 PM

I didn't know that, but it is pretty nifty. Certainly is interesting to see how that safari's history and our park have a certain piece of their history entwined. smile.gif

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 09:31 AM

Here is another video of Jungle Habitat:




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Posted 18 July 2008 - 09:58 AM

Apparently there is a book coming (in 2009) on the history of Jungle Habitat!

Check out this website!

There are a few more pictures on this site.

Wow, this looked like a dangerous place!


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Posted 18 July 2008 - 07:21 PM

Thank's for the update about the Jungle Habitat book coming out. I was never there back when it was open, but I would to love to go and see the ruins one day soon. A place like that would have to be a trip after the first frost this year to get rid of some of the growth in the woods, and it probably would be alot nicer in the Fall. I remember when our Safari's Big Cats were free roaming with the cars, but they never seemed to come close like the Jungle Habitat pics. I always liked going thru the gates when they worked, going into the diffrent area's in the Safari. Maybe it's time for a Safari Spotlight.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 08:18 PM

I think for the times noone probably even though anything about the lions that close to the cars. Today there woulf be a huge uproar if something like that happen with lawsuits over damage to cars and emotional distress with animal rights groups getting shots in and it being blown up. Damn we live in an uptight world huh!

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 10:26 PM

The Monkey section was always the worst. If you went in with a vinyl top, it was half gone when you came out. They would also bend or break antenna's. One of the best things was having one sit on your mirror like a perch while feeding it cookies or whatever snack you had at the time. Diffrent world nowaday's though.

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE(29yrswithaGApass @ Feb 24 2008, 01:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Jungle Habitat was first to offer the drive-thru safari park AND Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang to New Jersey audiences. Look at the size of Tweety's head! blink.gif



I wonder if those costumes still exist or if they were ever re-used at GADV when they introduced the Looney Tunes Characters

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:38 PM

I read though some of the comments people made about Jungle Habitat. I actually almost worked there. My old animal director, George Grey was the head guy there, and our Vet, Dr. Martin Dinnes from California was there also. Alot of the Wardens at GA came from there also. Charlie Hull, Lion2, Bob Chandler (Wolfe) Lion Zero, Jake Callure (spelling) Lion 12? David Barnes Lion? He actually worked for me at first in the Elephant /Rhino barn. Ron Morris, Lion? and his girlfriend/wife Chrystal Morris, she worked Happy Feeling Petting Zoo.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 07:34 AM

Interesting. I figured with such a specialized field there was a lot of crossover. I know even within the theme park industry there is a lot of crossover, with people going from one park to another and one company to another as new opportunities open up. Within the zoo/safari park segment it must have been even more competitive with each park trying to hire away experienced people from the others.

Did you know anyone with the Lion Country Safari parks at Kings Island in Cincinnati or Kings Dominion in Richmond? I'd guess they were run a little differently since they weren't drive-through.





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Posted 22 June 2009 - 04:03 PM

The second year we had a fellow, that was a lion warden that came from a park in Virginia. I can't for the life of me remember his name?




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