“Lions hands-on” guest experience
Well, we finally captured our two young male Lions. After a few weeks hard work for all of us, Mike Toft, our veterinarian for this project, was able to dart both of them. They had to stay for three days in a boma (a large fenced in area to hold animals) for Mike to conclude blood tests for various diseases, which came all back negative = disease free Lions :-).
When the final day for their trip to the new home arrived 12 of Thanda’s guests were able to participate in a amazing “Lions hands-on” guest experience.
This is a picture record of this large cat departure!
The two boys ready for departure – Their faces show apprehension for the somewhat uncomfortable procedures ahead.
Mike darting the first male in the boma. The other one was very upset about this and took quite a while before the vet was able to dart him as well.
The guests are ready and excited to join operations.
One of the sleeping Lions is being carried into the open for “processing”. A heavy task!
Our guests assist in taking measurements of their feet, body sizes and canines.
Surprised and delighted to participate in this very special operation many commented on the sheer size of these beautiful cats.
Loading the Lion on a vehicle for the ride from the boma to the transport vehicle.
Transfer onto a soft “bed” for their 1.5 hour drive.
Finally, the The Lions are off to their new home.
The new owners are already in love with these beautiful cats. Who wouldn’t be? They were born and grew up on Thanda Private Game Reserve!
Story by Mariana Venter – Thanda Wildlife Management Team
Pictures by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve
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Well done to all at Thanda. Beautiful pictures & write up. It is wonderful that these two can improve the gene pool at another reserve. Good luck to you all ❤
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Wow, that photo of the womans hand with the lions paw was a shocker! You just don’t think of them being that large. Enjoyed all the images. Wish I had been there to see it first hand.
🙂 So happy to know that these handsome guys will soon help make beautiful new cubs! Will you keep us updated?
Maybe someone at that Copenhagen Zoo where they are assassinating animals should come train with you!