Day 303

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Day 303… Today i have a personal early rise with 2 tour buddies here at Victoria Falls as we decide to do the optional ‘Walk with the Lions’ experience. Lion Encounter is an active conservation program that is passionate about ensuring a secure future for the African lion. The species has seen an 80 – 90% decline in the past 20 – 30 years and we are Africa’s first genuine program to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild. Lion Encounter is an active conservation program that is passionate about ensuring a secure future for the African lion, Panthera leo. Lion Encounter operates the African Lion Rehabilitation & release into the Wild Program, which is Africa’s first genuine program to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.

In the first stage young lion cubs are taken out into the bush to build confidence in their natural habitat. As the cubs become familiar with the environment, they start to develop and practice their stalking and hunting skills – skills that are crucial for their release into Stage 2 of the program. By joining the lion walk we are actually assisting in the pre-release training for the cubs, as well as providing essential funding for the program’s continued progress to help save Africa’s most iconic species. The money that I pay for the activity goes towards lion research. This is definitely one of the most spectacular of the many experiences in have had and… along with my tiger experience, bathing an indian elephant family and riding an african elephant… will be with me always. For a full list of animals encountered… refer to the end of travels here.

I also toss a $5-er at a hawker on the way back for some ludicrous Zimbabwe money from when thier currency fell thru the floor. 2007 had $20 notes. 2008 saw $20,000,000,000 notes! They now use USA dollars like Cambodia, though interestingly with thier OWN coins, whereas Cambodia has american coins.

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