Roosevelt the Sable Antelope/Happy Feeling
Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:33 PM
I worked in the Safari for a couple of summers in the early 1970's. This was before the lions were fenced in. Cars were allowed to drive through the area. In the plains area there was a dominant Sable Antelope we called Roosevelt. He was fearless. I sometimes worked the gate between the Plains area and the Lion area. To the right of the automobile loading zone there was just a chain link fence separating the two areas. I can remember times when a lion would get up against the fence roaring. Roosevelt didn't like that. He came charging the fence, ramming as hard as he could trying to get at the lion. Of course the lion was viciously flailing back at Roosevelt. That was quite a scene. The noise was incredible. I think the lion was fortunate Roosevelt didn't get through, he meant business. A Safari truck would come running to herd Roosevelt away from the fence. He then turned his attention to the truck, trying to ram it as it baited him. There were also times when Roosevelt would trap me in the guard stand. Prancing around the stand daring me to come out.
I suspect he became too much of a PITA and they shipped him out to another zoo.
Does anyone know of him?
Also, is the Safari Director Butch Dring still in the area or did he retire and move away?
Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:49 PM
That's a great story, and I wish we had answers.
Right now our info on the Safari is still limited, but I'm hoping more people like yourself who work or worked int he Safari join our group and can help us fill in the details.
I'm curious as to what happened to Keana the elephant. She was born when Tom Kean was elected governor, and I know they used to run a little piece on her to fill time on New Jersey Network. When we took the Safari VIP tour last year, we asked, but our guide had no idea what I was talking about.
I'm not sure what the status of Butch Dring is at this point, but I too was curious about him. His son Rich used to work in the park and knew one of my cousins. i'll have to ask her if she knows his whereabouts or knows someone who does.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 02:06 PM
It's great to have you join us! In case you didn't see the page, there are a few photos of Happy Feeling! posted on our tour. Click HERE to see them.
As GAcoaster mentioned, we do have some questions that hopefully you can answer. If you don't mind, I'll start:
- What types of animals were featured in the petting area? Approximately how many?
- Did the area have special hours or did it remain open at night?
- We have pictures of kids feeding the animals- was animal food sold in the petting zoo?
- Were there any other type of display areas similar to the python enclosure in the petting zoo?
- Early park maps featured a pond in the petting zoo area. Was there really one in there?
- Did the Happy Feeling area ever have a sign marking its entrance? I've never seen one for either this area or the Antique Cars ride next to it.
Thanks for any information you can provide!
Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:52 AM
The pond was in the front so you could see it from outside and to the left of the entrance. It was about 35 - 40 ft. long and about 25 ft wide. In the middle there was an island with one or two trees, thats where the clipped macaws stayed in the warm weather, back to the holding area in the winter. Somebody didn't clip them properly and they eventually flew away.
The snake house was the only display. There was a small building that sold stuff to feed the animals, I think it was Rye Crisp or some other cracker. It got to be dangerous and too much food so I think it was cut out or limited.
I don't remember it open after dark, I know it wasn't lit well at all. I can't picture the sign but I'm sure there was one.
I must have some photos, it might take a while to find them.
I went to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen a couple months ago and saw the similarities and remembered that was the idea behind the original design of the park. Brought back memories.
Is there anyone in the Safari from the '70's?
Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:05 PM
I always saw the pond on the map and sort of remember it on my way to the Alpen Blitz ride years ago (after Happy Feeling was removed). If I am not mistaken, it was roughly on the site of the former Spin Meister (Enterprise) ride.
If you could keep us in mind next time you look through your photos we would greatly appreciate it!
As for early Safari folks, "rsa" worked there in the 70s. If you get a chance post your ID in the Safari Alumni topic on the boards . We get plenty of visiting guests to the site and hopefully you'll be able to "Come Together" with some old friends!
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:36 PM
Harry I mailed it to you today! I hope you will send it back to me when you are finished with it? I do regret that I wasn't able to do a voice over so I could ID the animals we talk about. I had a rough time getting my schedule with the other guys. I might try to do one in the future, if time works with us?
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 02:00 PM
I've already watched it twice and will work on getting it converted to files for the Forums and Galleries. We will need to get a couple of settings updated to accomodate the large movie files, but having so much film footage is a great problem to have!
A question about Happy Feeling- was that staffed by Safari employees or did it fall under the park's ride operations department. I know when the park had the Pet-a-Pet section it fell under the Safari department.
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