List of incidents at Warner Bros. Jungle Habitat

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This is a list of notable incidents that have taken place at Warner Bros. Jungle Habitat in West Milford, New Jersey.

The term incident refers to major injury, injuries, deaths, and significant crimes. While these incidents are required to be reported to regulatory authorities for investigation, attraction-related incidents usually fall into one of these following categories:

  • Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance.
  • Caused by negligence on the part of the guest. This can be refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to break park rules.
  • The result of a guest's known, or unknown, health issues.
  • Act of God or a generic accident (e.g. slipping and falling) that is not a direct result of an action on anyone's part.

Resort-wide incidents[edit]

  • The increase in summertime and weekend traffic on West Milford's roads created problems for local residents.[citation needed]
  • In November 1972, two wolves escaped the park and into the nearby residential areas, where they were later caught prior to anyone getting hurt.[1]
  • In December 1973, television show host Jack Paar was cut while "roughhousing" with a 6-month old tiger cub while filming a TV Special.[2]
  • In 1977, Several of the park's animals had contracted tuberculosis and were euthanized.[3]


  • On October 9, 1972, an Israeli tourist, Abraham Levy, driving through the safari in a taxi was attacked by a lion.[4]
  • In 1974, a woman was bitten by a baby elephant who had reached out of its enclosure with its trunk and grabbed the woman; she ultimately was awarded $200,000 for her injuries.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hudson, Edward. "Habitat Neighbors Fear Possible Animal Escapes", The New York Times, December 16, 1972. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Hudson, Edward. "Habitat Neighbors Fear Possible Animal Escapes", The New York Times, December 16, 1972. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  3. ^ Hanley, Robert. "Decaying Animal Carcasses Found Unburied at Site of Jungle Habitat", The New York Times, April 6, 1977. Accessed September 22, 2014. "At least two dozen dead animals have been left unburied at the site of the former Jungle Habitat drive through zoo here and state and local officials today began looking into any possible hazards posed by the decaying carcasses."
  4. ^ Laplaca, Bryan. "Back in the Day - Oct. 8, 1997: 'Hal from North Bergen' sued Bloomingdale", Suburban Trends, October 15, 2012. Accessed September 22, 2014. "The man in the picture is Abraham Levy who was in the intensive care unit of Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains. He was bitten by a lion while visiting Jungle Habitat in West Milford.... Two eyewitnesses to the mauling of Levy on Oct. 9, 1972 blasted the Habitat management for allowing what they called dangerous conditions to exist."
  5. ^ The Region: $200,000 for Woman In Elephant-Bite Suit., The New York Times, p. B4. Accessed August 15, 2009, from ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851–2006). (Document ID: 111348438).