Published on 13 Sep 2016 | about 1 year ago

MY WALK WITH LIONS - an absolutely amazing experience...... this is the video

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A Word of Warning

I would like to point out that I’m fully aware of the horrors in South African petting zoos and so-called “Lion Encounters” & "Cheetah Walks" (the country South Africa, not the region).

Laws are very different in other countries. Namibia, e.g. does not even allow the breeding of wild animals and Zimbabwe and Botswana also have much stricter rules.

The program I’m describing is in Zimbabwe, near Victoria Falls, and is the original “Lion Encounter”. It is run by an organization that tries to repatriate captive-bred lions back into the wild and the Lion Encounter for tourists is a side program, done under very strict rules as I am describing in the article.

Sadly, the South African canned hunting industry quickly saw the potential of these activities and turned them into profit schemes that would also provide an ever continuing flow of aging animals to be abused for canned hunting.

“Canned hunting” means, a wild animal is put in a small enclosure, so any amateur, wannabee trophy hunter can shoot it from a close and safe distance - and then pose with a picture.

Absolutely despicable and horrific, but unfortunately rampant in South Africa (and I LOVE that country otherwise!).

So please do not support Lion Encounters, Cheetah Walks or Petting Zoos in South Africa.

Fortunately, there are also a lot of efforts by animal activists to educate the public, most notably in the documentary “Blood Lions” - with the result, however, that every program is now branded bad, usually without any fact checking or distinction.

I’m very careful when I write about animal programs and so far have only recommended 2 in all of Africa:

Na’ankuse in Namibia (also actively supported by Angelina Jolie)

and this program in Victoria Falls.

Unlike its greedy counterparts, this program, together with ALERT is aimed at replenishing the dying wild lion population by training captive bred lions to hunt again and survive in the wild.

Numerous top media organizations have reported on them - most notably:



ITV's "Lion Country"

Animal Planet's "Roaring with Pride"

In fact, the BBC was so sceptical initially that they investigated this program for a full year before they agreed to film it - and now they will return in the coming year when the first group of lions is released into the wild.

I very much appreciate feedback, especially when it concerns the well-being of animals and I’m always eager to learn something new. So whenever you do have solid facts and proof, first hand knowledge - not a link to some blog or forum - but real provable facts specific to the programs I’m writing about - I’m always interested to hear!

What I do not tolerate and will delete in the comments section are baseless accusations, rumors and links to unverified blogs or forums. Those are not facts, but insinuations and often slander - and I will not partake in that.

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