Etosha lion cubs cause traffic jam—and ethical question

Roseann Hanson / Published August 11, 2012 11:45 PM

Here's a link to an excellent guest post on AfricaGeographic.com about an incident involving some tiny lion cubs who got mixed up in a tourist / truck traffic jam and about how tourists and guides did or did not behave ethically. It raises some great questions we who are involved in both safari tourism and conservation should behave when animal welfare should come first, even if the cubs are about the cutest things we've seen in a long time! [See photos on the link below.]

http://blog.africageographic.com/safari-blog/bush/david-vs-goliath-lion-cubs-get-caught-in-etosha-traffic/

David vs Goliath: Lion cubs get caught in Etosha traffic!

By Matthew Weaver

Working as a guide in the bush, one gets the opportunity to experience unbelievable wildlife sights.But in three years guiding I have never seen anything like what we saw that fated afternoon in Etosha National Park.

Four of us in our Cameron Pet Food sponsored land rover (Dorris), representing Project Rhino KZN on the Put Foot Rally 2012. To bump into this particular lioness on a one day, whistle stop tour, in a 22 270 sq km reserve just before she disappeared into the endless grassy plains has to involve a certain amount of luck. Add three minute cubs, a nosey black-backed jackal, two trigger-happy game viewers filled with long lensed Japanese tourists, a taxi and a huge delivery truck and you got yourself one interesting sighting.

I spotted a lioness walking through a huge grassy plain towards the road. We stopped short of her so as not to block her path and switched off the engine. When we got the binocs on her, we noticed that she was in full lactation and whats more she seemed very anxious. This is when I heard it first, a squeaky call that could only mean one thing… cubs!

http://blog.africageographic.com/safari-blog/bush/david-vs-goliath-lion-cubs-get-caught-in-etosha-traffic/


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