Walking with Lion (cubs).

While travelling in Zimbabwe, we visited Antelope Park, which runs a programme called ALERT – African Lion and Environmental Research Trust, where orphaned lions are cared for, and may eventually be released back into the wild.    We had the most fantastic experience of going for a walk in the bush with these 8 month old cubs, and their handlers.  These cubs look upon the handlers as their ‘parents’ and respond to their commands, and before we went out on the walk, we were given a talk on the ‘do’s and dont’s’ of walking with wild animals.

Rules of the walk

Rules of the walk


It was a pretty daunting list..Do Not Panic…Stand your Ground (Really – with a lion chasing me?)   Do Not Run… but once out in the bush, it was all good, they are pussycats really – of the large variety!  We were even able to pose for photos with the cubs, with the handlers keeping a close eye at all times


Relaxing with his handler

Relaxing with his handler





20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dont4get2smile2day
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 22:06:03

    That last picture is terrifying and amazing! You’re really living the dream!! 🙂 Love seeing your adventures!



  2. Beachbums1
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 16:30:46

    Walking with the lions like you did really is my dream! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog ~ gave me a chance to check you wonderful blog out.



  3. liz2you
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 18:04:08

    Hi Joan, that is an amazing experience. Was this recent? Wonderful pictures too.



  4. Evez
    May 03, 2013 @ 07:33:54

    The last picutre is great 🙂 Really cute!



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  6. mithriluna
    May 04, 2013 @ 04:29:47

    Wow. What am awesome experience!



  7. belocchio
    May 13, 2013 @ 17:11:48

    Truly a breath-taking experience. It is humbling to be this close to such magnificent animals in their natural setting. Virgina



  8. joanfrankham
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 17:39:17

    Reblogged this on Retirement and beyond and commented:

    As I am away for a few days enjoying Norwegian autumn, I thought this would be a good post to reblog.



  9. Jenny
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 18:10:10

    Oh those cubs look so gorgeous, I’d love to give them a cuddle, but I suppose at some point they get too big and strong to cuddle.



  10. Tish Farrell
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 18:17:11

    Stunning, Joan.



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