Africa

These Lions Fill Me With Awe, Others See Them As An Entertaining Target

After yesterday’s post, it seemed appropriate to continue the lion theme with some images from my recent trip to Kenya. These lions, thank goodness, were wild and living life as they should: in the African wilderness.

I look at these majestic creatures in awe. I cannot understand the desire by some individuals to kill them as a form of entertainment. Can you?

A majestic stance for this lion king of the Masai Mara

A regal stance for this king of the Masai Mara

Apparently, this lion cub wants his mother's attention

Apparently, this cub wants his mother’s attention

This sleeping lion reminds me of my house cat

This sleeping lion reminds me of my house cat

Two sub adult male lions play on the Masai Mara. Their mother follows behind

Two sub adult males play on the Masai Mara. Their mother follows behind

A lion cub looks at his mother with adoring eyes

Adoring eyes

Two lion cubs nuzzle

Two lion cubs nuzzle

Relaxing at twilight, this male lion is beyond gorgeous

Relaxing at twilight, this male lion is beyond gorgeous

A mother lion and cub snuggle one early morning in Kenya

A mother lion and cub snuggle one early morning in Kenya

Global March for Lions: On March 15, people in 58 countries around the world will be marching to raise awareness of the plight of South Africa’s lions and to shed light on the “canned lion” hunting industry.

Canned hunting is a legal practice in South Africa where lions are bred in captivity, only to be hunted and killed as trophies. Lion cubs are hand reared for the petting industry and when grown and accustomed to human contact, are confined (often drugged) and gunned down.
 
 
 
 
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  1. During a trip to work with large cats for Cheetah experience in Bloemfontein South Africa I really got my eyes opened to the horror of canned hunting. The owner of the sanctuary has since learning about canned hunting been working to convince local zoos and organizations to stop breeding lions. There are so many people breeding lions in captivity for no reason whatsoever and the outcome is often that the cubs are sold in good faith and then they get sold on to the canned hunting industry. Pictures are amazing and its great that your highlighting this major issue.

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