Okay, so I know you probably don’t care, but I have learned that giveaways are exhausting. Between reading your touching stories, answering questions, promoting the contest, and assisting in cub care, I’m ready for a week-long nap. The outpour of support and interest in this giveaway and The Lion Habitat Ranch has been so overwhelming. We are all so grateful for your support and enthusiasm! On behalf of NomadGrad.com and The Lion Habitat Ranch, we thank you.
And after a grueling week, reading your heart-felt entries and what this encounter would mean to you, The Lion Habitat Ranch trainers have chosen a winner. Drum roll please…
Announcing the winner of the Lion Cub Encounter!
Congratulations to Keith Olsen of Bellingham, Washington!
Keith Olsen and his wife were some of the first people to enjoy the MGM habitat on its opening day in July of 1999. Since then, they have made an annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas and have always included a trip to the habitat to highlight their stay.
Since the habitat has closed, they have greatly missed the opportunity to interact with the lions. The Lion Habitat is grateful for their continual support and is thrilled to announce them as the winners of this year’s contest!
Keith and his wife’s encounter will include:
>Free entry to The Lion Habitat Ranch
>5 minutes of lion cub interaction time
>Q&A session with the lion cub handlers
>Informal tour around the habitat with me, The Nomad Grad
>Permission to take their own photos and video of the experience
Congratulations, Keith! We can’t wait to hear all about your experience.
But wait, there’s more…
With over a hundred entries in only five days, I’ve spent most of the last 72 hours reading your heart-felt stories and emotional circumstances. And admittedly, I have been experiencing extreme Contest Conducting Guilt over having to announce only one winner (is that a thing?). I was touched reading how much winning a chance to meet the cubs would mean to all of you. It seems like there are hard times and worthy people all over the country. And even though I wasn’t judging, I couldn’t help myself… I was invested.
So I had a little chat with the trainers. They agreed that there were so many great entries that they didn’t want to have to choose just one either. So we have more good news. Second drum roll, please… =)
In the holiday spirit, we are adding THREE Semi-Finalist prizes! So additional congratulations to Kendra Holthaus of Las Vegas, Nevada, Shawna Myers of Huntington Beach, California, and Thomas Watson of Seattle, Washington!
Each runner-up will receive:
>Two free passes to The Lion Habitat Ranch AND
>A private informal tour of the facilities with me, The Nomad Grad
Phew. I feel better now. =)
Happy holidays everyone! And thank you to all who shared and supported this venture. We are looking forward to bringing you more kick-ass giveaways in the future!
If you would like to learn more about The Lion Habitat Ranch or follow their ongoing endeavors, please visit and ‘Like’ their Facebook Page for weekly updates!
Now back to your regularly scheduled Nomad Grad programming… =)