Antelope Park – Zimbabwe
This place has a bit of controversy surrounding it, so much so that I almost considered not giving it a post. I’ve heard arguments both for and against it and to be honest, they both make sense and clearly I don’t know enough to weigh in on the debate. I know there are a lot of lion encounter places in southern Africa that supposedly ship their lions off to canned hunting parks once they are too old but I’m pretty sure Antelope Park does not do this.
Sure, I’d prefer it if you could only find lions (and any other animal for that matter) roaming about in the wild, it’s easy for us to say that while we sit in our air conditioned apartments in the middle of a rich western city, but unfortunately that’s not the case and the endangered animals of this world need all the help they can get, and it’s our fault.
If you want to know exactly how Antelope Parks lion breeding runs then have a look at their website here: http://www.antelopepark.co.zw/ then do a quick search and read up on the arguments against, make up your own mind because I can’t make up mine. In the mean time here’s what you can do there:
Kick a ball about with tame elephants.
Visit their stage 2 pride in a traditional type safari with park researchers. This stage is a pride that has no interaction with humans, it is the cubs from this pride that will be released into the wild.