Photographed in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
One morning in Victoria Falls we went to experience a "Walk with lions." While the experience of walking next lion cubs and having the chance to pet them was incredible, what we were sold was not what we received.
Our tour operator sold us an experience with lions where we were led to believe that we were helping a conservation program reintroduce lions (an endangered species) back into the wild. To make a long story short, without having to ask many questions it quickly became clear that this operation had no plans of reintroducing lions into the wild, but rather this operation was effectively functioning as a petting zoo for well intentioned tourists interested in having an incredible experience and feeling good about it at the same time.
Being close to and touching a lion was a once in a lifetime experience, but being lied to was not appreciated.
Pictured above is one of the beautiful lion cubs lounging on a rock.
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