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4/6/2013 3:13:00 PM
Out of Africa almost ready for new Predator Zipline
'Only zipline going over predators'
VVN/Bill Helm
Randy Hoffner of Camp Verde works on the base camp for the Predator Zipline at Out of Africa in Camp Verde.
VVN/Bill Helm
Randy Hoffner of Camp Verde works on the base camp for the Predator Zipline at Out of Africa in Camp Verde.
Workers are close to completing the 42-foot sixth tower for the new Predator Zipline at Out of Africa in Camp Verde. The zipline is scheduled to be open to the public on June 15. (VVN/Bill Helm)
Workers are close to completing the 42-foot sixth tower for the new Predator Zipline at Out of Africa in Camp Verde. The zipline is scheduled to be open to the public on June 15. (VVN/Bill Helm)

Bill Helm
Staff Reporter


CAMP VERDE - With platforms more than 70 feet above ground, Out of Africa is close to completing its newest attraction: a predator zipline.

Arizona Ziplines, DBA Predator Ziplines, is installing eight towers and a landing platform to afford thrill-seeking animal lovers the chance to fly above lions, giraffes and zebras.

"The zipline provides a fresh view, an overview of the park," says Dean Harrison, owner of Out of Africa. "People will get a good look at the animals as they are zipping by. This will be wonderful for Camp Verde. People will have a more personal experience with the animals."

Harrison says having the Predator Zipline at Out of Africa is "a fine match."

Robin Bryer and Ed White are the partners that make up Arizona Ziplines. Both are anxious to see their business plan come to fruition in the Verde Valley.

"We expect to create a lot of excitement here at the park," Bryer said. "This will be the only zipline taking people over predators."

The zipline is scheduled to be open to the public on June 15, though White says it will be finished sometime in May. Once the zipline is finished, "we will spend time fine-tuning the customer experience."

Both Bryer and White say that Out of Africa is ideal to have a zipline.

"This location is perfect for a zipline," Bryer says. "I don't know if we could have picked a better location."

"There's 300 days of sunshine here," White says, "and you add the intrigue of going over rare and exotic animals. We'll be zipping right over them.

"This is better than a zoo," he says. "The guest experience here is second to none. You get up close to the animals here. "We're going over the predators."

Besides creating an exciting ride, Bryer is excited about the educational aspect of a zipline at Out of Africa.

"We will be telling people about the predators and the other animals that they will be going over," Bryer said. "We're providing an educational zipline ride.

"We want to educate people on what they are seeing, not just on what they are doing."

The zipline, Harrison says, will provide "excitement, fun and education as well."

For more information about the Predator Zipline at Out of Africa, go to: http://predatorzipline.com/.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: John Gibbs

I've been to the Columbus Zoo which has a zipline over animals. I would have thought it would be stressful for the animals. As it turns out, the animals could care less. They were impervious to me over their heads. I think it will be great, and once it's open people will see their concerns are unwarranted.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: ZIP LINE

Mr. Goetting,

A zip line is going to "bring thousands of more visitors" Where exactly do you get the numbers that you like to throw around? Maybe we should install many zip lines so that tens of thousands of visitors will visit Camp Verde and have a beer at your tavern, Think how much money you will make. This makes about as much sense as your statement.


Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Victoria OMalley

If you look at the map you will see that a vast amount of the zip line is over foot paths. http://predatorzipline.com/maps/

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: smart ash

Bev and Steph - I dont think the animals wil even be allowed to ride it..

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Scare the Animals?

Scare the animals?
How droll.

I have been up close and personal many times with the lions, and tigers, and leopards, and hyenas, and wolves.

Believe me.....you don't scare them. lol.

That myth comes from sentimental people who ignore rational thought and insist on projecting human feelings and thoughts onto animals.
Amusing, and highly mistaken


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Beverly Baker

My first thought was that this would scare the animals. Until I'm proven wrong I will not be going back.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Healthy Thymes Health Food Market

Good job Out of Africa, we can't wait to take a ride on the line. It's going to be really cool and something unique to the Valley. We are excited about the news.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Afri can

GOOD. Stay home, under your rock.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Lee Cali

Bet you'll be scaring the hell out of those poor animals. Here you're pretending to give them living conditions close to their natural habitat, and then you're going to frighten them with technology. Won't be getting my visit any time soon.

Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: Stephen Goetting

Thanks to Out of Africa. Another example of the great things that are happening here in Camp Verde. This is going to be a wonderful attraction. I am sure it will bring thousands of more visitors. Well done.



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