After a surprisingly easy border crossing we made our way to the Antelope Park in Zimbabwe. This park is a private game reserve and home to the ALERT lion rehabilitation program.
The organisation has developed a multi-phase lion conservation initiative to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred endangered African lions back into the wild. Part of the complex program is that the older cubs are taken on walks to explore their natural habitat.
And I had the chance to experience a walk like that today! It was absolutely indescribable. Firstly the cubs were much bigger than I expected them to be. They wasn’t a big size difference to the mature lions. And even if I could pet them still, they were already quiet wild and definitely let you feel that you should watch your steps around them. Also I was absolutely fascinated by how beautiful they were and how majestic and composed they moved. That was definitely a one-in-a-lifetime-experience.