This is a rather controversial activity & being a major animal lover & hate animal exploitation, I thought long & hard before booking this activity.
Staying at the Elephant Camp, I bumped into Ed who has worked at the Lion Walking organisation for 6 years & had tagged & microchipped at least 60% of the lions going through the program. Ed assured me that the malicious claims about this place were unfounded.
There are 4 stages to the program 1) breed lions in captivity 2)Obtain funds & awareness from the public by conducting these walks with the bred lions. They have just been given a piece of land by the Zimbabwan Government where they can release the older lions with supervision. 3) Allow the mature, tamed lions to breed in controlled enviroment, where they can be fed but have minimal human contact 4) the offspring of the tamed lions, will in effect be wild animals & me removed to other lion habitat when old enough.
They are currently at Stage 2, they are trying to make profits to fund their project & need our help to raise awareness & provide funding.
On the day we were there, the lions had ran off to follow the scent of wild lions & therefore we didn't get to walk with them & the next day we were rained off!
Very disappointing, but at least they were not dragged from a cage to order for our entertainment! I have donated my refunded trip to them to help this worthy cause.
There is no suggestion that this is an ideal situation, but with world lion populations getting to the 'endangered' levels, something needs to be done.
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