The MGM Grand is well .. really grand. The hotel has over 5000 rooms and it's the largest hotel in Vegas and apparently the largest hotel in the world, although I don't know if this record still holds, things change quickly in this business. Its casino is also the most spacious in Vegas giving you the feeling of a palace, especially if you crossed the bridge coming from the cramped and cute New York, New York. Many restaurants and some of the best shows in town complete the picture of a huge entertainment resort. This casino's theme is Hollywood's golden age but it's done in a very subdued way for Las Vegas. Most of it is just pictures with movie stars hanging on the walls. As for MGM's freebie, cause every hotel on the Strip needs to have one, it also has to do with movies. You might remember the roaring lion that was the logo of the MGM movie studios. They spun this idea around and came up with a giant bronze statue guarding the entrance to the resort and with the famous "Lion Habitat". Just off the hotel's entrance is a glass enclosure where visitors can admire the king of the animals going about its business. Which means most of the time you'll see the lions sleeping. Sometimes they have trainers inside the cage trying to play with the lions. They will also educate the public in regard to the lion's habits and give information as to how the lions are taken care off. They have over 30 lions that are taken back and forth and rotated between the casino and a ranch near Las Vegas so the lions only get to spend 6 hours a week in the casino. They can see but not hear the viewers.
You cannot miss this hotel. It is baiscally a green glass giant. The insides of the hotel are cool too. Its casino must be one of the biggest around the area and the rainforest cafe adds a nice touch to the place.
However, i think the main attraction of the place is still its lions. Of course, you can see lions in most zoos around the world, but i think what sets this apart is its close proximity (well... adn that it's free). Here, you are just seperated from the lions by a glass enclosure whereas i think in most zoos they are placed in large open air enclosures and they end up being rather far away. And fret not animal lovers; these lions do not live in the small glass enclosure. the lions are owned by a private owner and they live on a ranch; the lions are rotated and taken out for display for only a few hours a day.
I couldn't get a good shot of the lions though. They moved too fast and there were too many people in the way.
Ok, as much as I love being able to see animals up close, I hate that I have to see them in such unnatural surroundings. This is why I don't have birds in cages or aquariums. But if this is your thing, then head on over to MGM and see the lions through the glass cage.
I don't know how or why, but there are a couple of lions inside the MSM Resort... somewhere next to their casino, there's a huge showcase where the lions just live their lives in front of hordes of tourists.
The funny thing is that those two lions are quite big lions, but they act like little pussy cats. There are two trainers inside the glass cage making them play with a bunch of balls and laying down next to them, rubbing them like if they were just kitties! The whole thing is beautiful!!
And the cage has glass tunnel, too... so you can go underneath the lions, see when they run above you... it's a very nice experience.
The lions are so adorable, playing with their big blue ball and toys at the lion habitat, located inside the MGM Grand. They both look like cubs and they are just too cute. FYI though, it's hard to get a clear photo of them through the glass. Even without the flash mine kept coming out blurry.
MGM movie studios have always been famous for their lions: after all, the logo has featured a roaring lion for decades. While you can't see the real lion from the logo (that logo has been in use since 1957, so sadly he's no longer with us), you can see some younger animals, all of whom live on a ranch near Las Vegas. There are more than 30 of them, and they take turns spending a few hours a week in the pretty decent lion habitat; although they can see people, they can't hear anything (which is probably a good thing: the slot machines and silly comments would drive them nuts). Like any cats worth their salt, they spend much of their time draped on rocks and on the glass passageway (you can see their full size from below!), but when they decide to go for a wander, they get absolutely everyone's attention.
Open 11 am to 10 pm daily, no charge. Would not have wanted to pay for this. This is simply an indoor habitat - looks like a steep rock formation with some foliage. The five lions were pretty sleepy (as lions tend to be) and I felt kind of sorry for them.
At the MGM, free of charge you can visit the Lion habitat and get an upclose an personal view of the lions. When i was there there was several cubs jumping and playing in the enclosure as well as several adults. The lions appear to be very tame as during feeding times the trainers would sit inside the habitat with them.
The MGM is the biggest hotel on the strip and apparantly the biggest hotel in the world. At over 5000 hotel rooms it is sometimes difficult to find your way around. The hotel is home to a number of attraction such as the lion habitat and club 54 and several theaters playing a revolving door of acts and shows.
The MGM Grand hotel has lots to offer but my favourite moment was when we came face to face with the lions in their glassed habitat just off the lobby of the hotel. Several lions of various sizes are brought in to play, sleep and eat in this amazing area, accompanied by two keepers who will throw giant rubber balls for them to chase and roll on. The area is constructed so that you can walk through glass tunnels with the lions resting on top...just reach up and touch them...thru the glass of course! All is tightly controlled and each group of lions are only "on stage" for a couple of hours at a time
i have been to the MGM more than 10 times, but after i made up my mind to take a rest from the black jack table i booked a ticket at the box office for KA a cirque du solei organised theme .... i was shocked once i walked 1 hour of entertainment that was worth every moment i was there ... for more information visit the website http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/Cirquedusoleil/en/KA/main.htm?bandWidth=Hi
you will not regret it ... i must say it was one of the best shows i have ever been to.
This exhibit opened July 1, 1999 and cost $9 million dollars! This is, in my opinion, the best animal exhibit in Vegas. At the MGM Grand, there are three well trained lions which in a habitat, behind plexiglas. There are many different viewing angels in which you can see the lions, including a short walk through tunnel, which is "surrounded" by plexiglas. Many times the lions will lay on the ceiling in the tunnel, so get your camera ready and be sure to take the flash off! You can watch the lions being fed and play throughout the day by their trainers. I find it quite strange that the lions are transported each day to their habitat, where they sleep on a ranch, 12 miles away. Go figure!
The hours of operation:
11am - 10pm (daily)
Easily found because of the giant carved Lion that impressively gaurds the hotel entrance. We went here to see the Lion habitat inside. The MGM Grand Lion Habitat features multilevel areas for the pride lions to play and interact with the public, which is less than 1 1/2 inches away. Open from 11:00am to 11:00pm daily. Admission is free. It is nothing fantastic or that impressive to see, but it is free and you can get your picture taken with the lions for a fee if you want and the kids like it.
Here in the hotel is the lion habitat for the famous Mgm grand lions.
As enclosures go it is quite good. You can see the lions up close separated by glass, you can even walk above the enclosure, or underneath.
The lions thankfully though only spend 6 hours at a time here, then they are taken to the ranch where they live 12 miles away. So they are rotated regularly and not on show all the time.
There is no admission price.
MGM Grand has created an unprecedented opportunity for the public to observe and experience the majestic King of Beasts close up and in person at the resort's Lion Habitat. At the same time, the resort has formed an alliance with the world's foremost institutional leader in lion research to support his activities and to share his knowledge on a scale not previously feasible.
MGM Grand's Lion Habitat was opened in July of 1999 and has proven to be one of Las Vegas' most popular experiences, drawing more than 12,000 visitors a day.
Situated inside the resort's Strip entrance off Las Vegas Boulevard adjacent to its entertainment dome, the Habitat is a 5,000 square foot showcase of lofty simulated jungle complete with waterfalls, enclosed in 240 degrees of floor-to-ceiling protective glass that enables the public to view a variety of lions at play and leisure. Handlers utilize only voice and hand signals to direct the lion's movement. Members of the family of lions appear in sequence for periods of no more than six hours at a time before returning to their spacious, permanent homes on an 8 1/2-acre ranch outside of Las Vegas. Guests can see the lions literally inches away and can stand beneath or above them in a see-through passageway that bisects the Habitat. They also are free to photograph the lions at will.
The Habitat was conceived as a salute to the lion that has been so much a part of the MGM heritage for decades, dating back to the Leo, whose roars have welcomed generations of moviegoers to epics of MGM Studios' silver screen.
He and his staff accompany the animals back and forth for their daily public appearances. Evans supervised development and construction of the facility.
Hours of operation
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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