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'Glamping' thrill in Australia's bush has a serious side

Luxury holidays bring visitors up close to endangered rhino

Dubbo zoo visitors feed carrots to a giraffe. (Photo by Di Smith)

DUBBO, Australia -- The name says it all: Zoofari Lodge. It may be a collection of tents in the Australian bush, but there is nothing rough about it. This is luxurious "glamping" (short for "glamorous camping") featuring air-conditioning, big soft beds, huge baths with showers, mini-bars, movie-star bath robes, and private viewing lounges overlooking a magical parade of rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras, antelopes and ostriches.

The animals come so close it seems you could almost reach out and touch them -- save for the ditch and electrified fence that keep them safely separated.

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