Sunday, 13 August 2017

ARTICLE: What it's like to walk with lions in Zimbabwe

We were out on Zimbabwe’s open savannah, my eyes swimming in the heat, and the lion was right in front of me. So I stretched out my hand to stroke it...

But it was the lion, not I, who was the endangered species here. And the walk is part of a programme to protect them.

The number of African lions has halved in the past 25 years, so charities are breeding them in captivity, introducing the cubs to stalking and hunting, before they are released into an enclosed reserve to hunt and fend for themselves. And it is only the cubs they give birth to here, who have had no human contact, that can go wild.


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