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Monday, August 26, 2013 | This article is listed in the sections Zoos and animal parks, Amusement parks and Magazine.

Climbing high above cheetahs


Hollywood und Safaripark Stukenbrock
The high ropes course
High ropes courses are enjoying ever greater popularity – No wonder: hardly any other attraction offers such an excellent combination of thrill and sport like the fully-secured climbing tours do, some courses indeed constitute airy challenges. Owing to the mostly insufficient capacity, hardly any amusement park features high ropes courses, the few that do so often charge extra fees.

In 2010, Fritz Wurms, general manager of Zoo Safaripark Stukenbrock, came up with a crazy idea. He thought about increasing the thrill level enormously and wondered what it would be like not to have visitors overcoming one element after another in a normal terrain or forestland as is customary, but instead, high above an enclosure populated with freely roaming carnivores. This idea finally became a concept, and out of that, a concrete project was born which made its first steps in 2011 and opened to public in 2012: the new cheetah high ropes course.

Located at the end of the safari section, an outdoor enclosure of 6,000 square metres is home to the zoo's cheetahs and to the 70-metre long and 5-metre high ropes course, where brave visitors wearing helmets, harnesses and belay devices gradually move above the heads of the predatory cats. It appears to be important that the high ropes course, 40 tonnes of wooden were used, optically integrates into the enclosure. Furthermore, the level is relatively modest so that untrained climbers can manage this sporting challenge in view of the animals lurking underneath. By the way, there is no need for climbers to be afraid of some cheetahs climbing up the supporting wooden structures like domestic cats would do, because in contrast to lions or tigers, that would possibly be able to give them High Five, cheetahs have absolutely no ambitions to climb up the structures.

Impressions of Zoo Safaripark Stukenbrock

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cheetah's watching
As crazy as the idea may sound in the beginning: it definitely works! While climbing cautiously, one always tend to look down to the cheetahs sneaking around majestically beneath the shaky bridges – an additional thrill which is not only original, but also unrivalled for Zoo Safaripark Stukenbrock has ventured into completely new territory and was willing to spend 400,000 euros for it. Good thing that the park does not charge an extra fee for this one-of-a-kind attraction despite all that, other parks wouldn't even think of it – one should, however, expect long waiting queues on highly frequented days during the peak season. Visitors must be at least 1.30 metre tall and weight less than 120 kilograms to dare to undertake the adventure ...

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