Jan. 23, 1974: Bettie Kym Young gets a close-up view of a tiger. Young, Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, was at Lion Country Safari in Irvine to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Tiger. This photo was published in The Times on Jan. 25, 1974.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles TimesLink
June 15, 1970: A eland and giraffe exercise their right-of-way privileges at Lion Country Safari. This photo was published in The Times on June 17, 1970.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Frampton / Los Angeles TimesLink
Nov. 11, 1984: The final day at Lion Country Safari. This photo was published in The Times on Nov. 12, 1984.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gail Fisher / Los Angeles TimesLink
Feb. 2, 1971: A curious ostrich gives a driver the once-over.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles TimesLink
Dec. 31, 1975: Visitors move carefully through a parade of ostriches. This photo was published in The Times on Jan. 4, 1976.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Anderson / Los Angeles TimesLink
Jan. 2, 1978: A startled motorist gets more than he bargained for. Damage to the car's fender was slight, and the rhino quickly lost interest and moved on. This photo was published in The Times on Jan. 3, 1978.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles TimesLink
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