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The truth about Lion parks and reserves…

We all think lion cubs are so adorable and having the opportunity to pet them is a bonus, but is it really worth it.

Do you really know what happens to the cubs or the lions when they are useless to the lion parks? Make sure of your facts before supporting these places.

Unfortunately most people believe their sob stories about the cubs that were orphans or that the lions go to a safe place when they are too big to stay there, when truth is they were bred for petting and the stories are lies. The lion parks have lion cubs available every single day of the year for petting and after a few years they are too big or useless for the parks and they are sold.

It is disgusting to think of the fact that these farms don’t do this to raise awareness for lions or to raise funds for real rehabilitation of lions. They do this purely for their own profit and a lot of it. The lions are bred for petting and interaction and it is a huge tourist attraction and brings in big bucks. After a few years they lions are then sold for a huge amount of money.

The parks do not keep track of where the lions and what is worse is the fact that some of these parks sell their lions for canned hunting and they are not even ashamed of it. The lion parks are just used as a cover for big scale lion breeding for canned hunting. This is unacceptable and should be stopped no animal deserves this and people should stand up for the animals and boycott these places.

Lions were put on the red list and they are more threatened than Rhinos and that is a good excuse for these parks to breed even more.

For anyone who doesn’t know what canned hunting is: A canned hunt is a trophy hunt in which an animal is kept in a confined area, such as in a fenced-in area, increasing the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill.

Jessica Hippo is a 14 year old Hippopotamus who lives in Hoedspruit, Jessica is the only Hippo in the world that interacts with people and loves the attention. Tonie, a former game ranger saved the newborn Hippo during the flood on 11  March 2000. When he foundher she was very weak and hungry so Tonie made her a formula and fed her from a tiny bottle. Tonie and his wife decided to raise her and till today she still lives with them. Jessica sometimes thinks she is a human as well and gets on the bed or couch with Tonie and his wife. This was a very remarkable day I will never forget, I was able to touch, feed and give Jessica her tea ending of the day with a kissy from Jessica. Hippos are my favourite wild animal and I will definitely go there every time it is possible for me.

BST-Tours is a small family owned tour company situated in Gauteng. They do tours, safaris and day tours to Sun City, Kruger National Park, Soweto Township, Lesedi Cultural Village, Gold Reef City, Pilanesberg National Park and Rhino and Lion Park etc. I have been on a few tours with BST-Tours and it is definitely a must do when in Gauteng. They are always on time, trustworthy and friendly. I can not wait to go on tour with BST-Tours again.

Mr Shuttle is a family owned Shuttle Service in and around Gauteng. If you ever need to travel somewhere I would recommend them any day. They are always professional on time and trustworthy, you can even choose the vehicle you want to travel in. Mr Shuttle will also plan a tour or safari for you if that is what you would rather want to do. I rate them a 10/10 and would definitely make use of them again.