Shirley Schneider, daughter of John P. Pedersen,
and Debra Kropornicki, Camino Gardens Association
President, at the Africa U.S.A. Lagoon
The Camino Gardens Association
marked the 50th. Anniversary of the opening of
Africa U.S.A. with a plaque commemoration aside
the Africa U.S.A. lagoon, overlooking the Watusi
Geyser. Mayor Steve Abrams of the City of Boca
Raton presented a formal Proclamation, declaring
March 22, 2003 as Africa U.S.A. Day.
Steve Abrams and Deputy-Mayor Susan Haynie
Irene Konrad, author of "Farewell Africa
USA, Hail Camino Gardens", Shirley
Schneider, Ginger Pedersen, and Debra Kropornicki
Gardens residents looking at Africa U.S.A.
with the Watusi Geyser base in the background.
Bench area and
plaque overlooking the lagoon.
The audience at the ceremony.
Debra Kropornicki reading the
plaque for the audience.
Plaque commemorating Africa U.S.A.
At this site in 1953, John P. Pedersen and his
family established Africa U.S.A., a major tourist
attraction for nearly a decade. The 350 acre site
drew some 2,000 visitors daily to view the park's
camels, giraffes, elephants and other exotic
animals and plants.
In the park, a "Watusi Geyser" erupted
hourly from the rock hill visible in the lake,
throwing 1,000 gallons of water per minute, 160
feet into the air. Near the left edge of the lake
are remnants of "Zambezi Falls," the
park's 30-foot waterfall.
Dedicated by the Camino Gardens Association in
to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Africa U.S.A.