I’ve shared my ultimate lion picture from my time in Zambia a million times (it’s my Facebook page’s profile picture if you don’t know it!), but I’ve never shared the calmer pictures behind it. This adolescent lion was seemingly unperturbed by the three or four tourists desperate to get a shot of it when visiting a sanctuary near to Livingstone, and I still can’t actually quite believe that I have been THIS close to a lion! Such an amazing experience, though in hindsight I think I should have looked into the ethics of the sanctuary a bit more before going. I hate to think that I was helping to support an institution that took wild animals away from their natural homes in the name of tourism.
Chilling with the lions of Zambia