Lion Park

After the Elephant Sanctuary we went straight to the Lion Park. This is one interesting place to see the beautiful and rare white lions, and it tries to resemble a (much much smaller) safari park , but again, in the end it feels like a zoo and like a circus at times. I loved beeing close to the huge felines, but I feel it’s wrong to keep any of the carnivores they have there in such tight places. Also, a little something else got me angry, but I’ll say more about it later in this post…

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Logo depois do Santuário dos Elefantes fomos direto ao Parque dos Leões. Esse é um lugar interessante para ver os belos e raros leões brancos, e é um lugar que tenta parecer um safari (muito muito muito menor), mas novamente, no fim fica parecendo um zoológico ou um circo às vezes. Eu amei ver bem de perto os enormes felinos, mas eu sinto que é muito errado manter os carnivoros que eles têm lá em áreas tão reduzidas. E também, uma coisa que me deixou revoltada, mas eu falo sobre isso daqui a pouco… 

Soon after we entered the first fenced area for the lions, a guided tour endered the site. The guide was some star guide from the park, one that you pay around 4 times as much to performe a series of circus sh*t that really angered me and Tatiana. First he started to feed the lions with small chunks of meat, and I can understand the appeal of making the lions look like they are just big cats…

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Logo depois que entramos na primeira área cercada dos leões, um tour guiado entrou também. O guia era um estrelinha do parque, um que você pagar umas 4 vezes mais para ver performar uma série de palhaçada que me irritou muito e à Tatiana também. Primeiro ele começou a alimentar os leões com pequenos pedaços de carne, e eu entendo o apelo de se fazer os leões parecerem o quão são apenas gatos grandes…

 but he had to start pulling the lions’ tails… seriously, wtf. Do people really find that amusing? I found that extremely disrespectful and stupid. Absolute poor taste in animal interaction. I didn’t take many photos of this act of his, but he did that a lot. I just hated it. The petting of the cubs and the driving around is explotation enough, no need for that clown to pull that sh*t.

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… mas ele tinha que começar a puxar o rabo dos leões… sério, que m*rda. As pessoas realmente acham isso interessante? Eu achei extremamente desrespeitoso e estúpido. Total mal gosto na interação com animais. Eu não fiz muitas fotos dessa ação dele, mas ele fez isso o tempo todo. Eu odiei. Ficar passando a mão nos filhotes e dirigindo em volta deles já é exploração o suficiente, não precisa daquele palhaço dando esse showzinho. 

Next was the white lions fenced area. They are really gorgeous and awesome animals, but I can’t help and worry about inbreeding… and there he was again, the clown.

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Em seguida fomos para a área cercada dos leões brancos. Eles são realmente lindos e maravilhosos, mas eu não posso deixar de me preocupar com incesto… e lá estava ele novamente, o palhaço.

Anyways, I have to thank Tatiana for the good photos I got. She was driving around, looking for a clean background for the photos… even if she were nearly curling up armadillo style every time a lion got a bit close to our open windows😛

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Enfim, eu tenho que agradecer à Tatiana pelas boas fotos que fiz. Ela ficava procurando bons ângulos e um fundo sem carros para eu fazer as fotos… mesmo que ela quase virava um tatu-bola toda vez que um leão se aproximava das nossas janelas abertas😛

Lions, they sleep a lot, they sleep the whole day… and we were lucky to see them a bit active, but we had to be patient. More often then not, they’d be lying down.

And I ask you: You see this lazy cat sleeping all the time, do you think to yourself “Oh, so majestic! Indeed, it’s the king of the jungle!”?

NO! No wonder they get turned into carpets!

You look at them and think: “hmmmm it would look gorgeous on my living room!”😉

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Leões, eles dormem o dia inteiro… e nós tivemos sorte de vê-los um pouco ativos, mas tivemos que ser pacientes. Muito frequentemente eles ficam apenas deitados.

E eu te pergunto: Você vê esse gato preguiçoso dormindo o tempo todo e pensa “Nossa, que majestade! Realmente, é o rei da floresta!” ?

NÃO! Não é à toa que viram tapete!

Você olha e pensa: “hmmmm ficaria lindão espalhado na minha sala! ”😉

But we got to see a super cute family moment *.* so adorable!

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Mas nós vimos um momento família super fofo *.* tão adorável!

I felt really bad for the tiny space the cheetahs and the meerkats had. Worse than some zoos… even with the meerkats being super cute and beeing all about playing with each other.

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Eu me senti muito mal com o espaço minúsculo que as cheetahs e os suricates tinham. Pior que alguns zoológicos… mesmo com os suricates sendo super fofos e brincando um com o outro o tempo todo.

Two of the “star attractions” of the place is feeding the giraffes (actually one the big fat one comes close) and the petting of lion cubs. The giraffes have just recently been fenced, to make sure they’d stay close to the eager tourists, and I can tell you that the cubs were pretty irritated with the petting. One tried to bite my hand, and another snapped at a volunteer and almost bit her face off. She was really lucky for being so darned fast, or we’d have a serious accident for the day.

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Duas das “atrações principais” do parque é alimentar as girafas (na verdade só a grande e gorda que se aproxima) e passar a mão em filhotes de leão. As girafas recentemente foram cercadas, para garantir que elas ficariam próximas dos turistas, e eu te garanto que os filhotes estavam bem irritados com os “carinhos”. Um tentou morder minha mão, e outro deu uma dentada furiosa em direção de uma voluntária e quase arrancou a cara dela fora. Ela foi muito sortuda por ter sido tão rápida, ou teríamos tido um acidente sério no dia.

I feel so dumb smiling for these photos =/ But everyone says I look like a sour puss for never smiling for photos…

The smallest giraffe had a hard time sitting down. Tatiana and I were at first worried, thinking there was something wrong going on with her.

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A girafa menor teve trabalho para conseguir sentar-se. A Tatiana e eu ficamos preocupadas a princípio, achando que tinha alguma coisa errada acontecendo com ela. 

I’m one to push my luck… I have fun with little dangers😛

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Eu sou meio sem noção mesmo… eu me divirto com coisas arriscadas😛

I feel very divided about both the Elephant Sanctuary and the Lion Park. It’s interesting, but it’s also veiled explotation of the animals, sugar coated with pretty words like “safe haven” and stuff.

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Eu me sinto muito dividida com o Santuário dos Elefantes e o Lion Park. É interessante, e foi divertido porque eu estava com a Tati que é ótima companhia e faz tudo ser bom, mas é também exploração velada dos animais, e usam palavras bonitinhas como “abrigo seguro” para parecer menos feio o que fazem. 

   

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37 Responses to Lion Park

  1. Great pictures!! But must admit it makes me a bit sad to see “wild” animals kept and exploited that way. Especially the story about the lion tour guide, no-one who disrespects the animals like that should work with them. Thanks for sharing your pictures and honest impression about this park!

  2. Tom says:

    such a wonderful series of shots here Anna,
    i love the big cats!

  3. Larry Bretveld says:

    Awesome Incredible Photos… and Loved your Smile!

  4. Guilherme says:

    Hey babs! Parece que foi divertido esse passeio!! Esses bichos são bonitos mesmo hein!

    Really nice Shots!! Congrats!

    Bjo

  5. Sam says:

    Excellent series of shots and account of your visit. That lion park looks like an accident waiting to happen. Those cubs were easily big enough to deliver serious wounds to you both, although you knew you were taking a risk. The animals were clearly all well fed, but what purpose that place serves other than to make money is beyond me. As for the star guide – the graveyards are filled with guys who thought they could get away with that kind of behaviour, just like they are filled with farmers killed by their own cattle. If an animal is bigger than you and you disrespect it, you’re living on borrowed time. Even Sigfried and Roy got mauled and nearly killed by one of their animals. But paying damages to an injured tourist will inevitably be the result before even that happens.

    Also, your photo of the zebras side-on by the tall tree is absolutely incredible. It has that special quality that makes it a classic.

  6. DaAsFlickred says:

    WOOOOWW AnnA!!!
    This park is fantastic!!!🙂
    the cubs are adorable!!

  7. Tati Barro says:

    Anna, I love all of the photos from this day, they are amazing! Great job! It’s hard to chose my favorite, but I like the BW and the one with the 3 lions looking to the side. Also the one yawning and the 3 cubs looking to the camera. All of them actually. Congrats!

  8. Tati Barro says:

    A das zebras tb tá linda, que vc colocou no Flickr, não é que o tempo “ruim” deu um clima super legal pras fotos! Nossa, adorei demais! AWSOME

  9. WOW! wow wow wow. amazing anna. that black and white portrait — stunning!!!!! how cool you got to pet them. what an experience!!!

  10. Ken says:

    While there is money to be made from exploiting animals, I’m afraid it will continue – it happens all over the world in one form or another. Sometimes it’s just tasteless, like the tail-puller in your photos. Sometimes it’s horrendous, like killing rhinos for their horns – how can anyone be so utterly stupid? In Thailand you can be photographed alongside a full-grown tiger, but no one in his right mind would believe these beautiful animals weren’t tightly controlled, probably by sedatives. Photographers who can bring some light to these practices and, at the same time, provide beautiful, natural images for public education do the animals a service. Nice work, AnnA!🙂
    Ken xox

  11. jeronimooo says:

    Todos os registros são muito lindos por si mesmos mas o que deixa tudo com mais profundidade e muito mais beleza é a sua visão transitando fora do senso comum… seja nas próprias fotos em si e também na maneira como você não se deslumbra com o “circo velado” que, se pararmos para pensar, não são apenas os leões e os elefantes que estão inseridos nele: todos nós estamos! E é muito bonita a maneira como você não se coloca abaixo ou acima destes animais e sim de igual para igual.
    Que os bons ventos continuem soprando em suas viagens!

  12. Hi dear Anna.
    I saw your amazing post and decided to write a comment.
    Firts: you have a very interesting and nice blog and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours!
    Second: I love animals and lions very much! I have written about them a book “Right to Live” which is famous in my country and in abroad as it is catalogged in Congress Library, Washington. That’s why it was my great pleasure to find this post, to read it and to see the photos. Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the great jog you did! You are very happy as you have been there, you have seen them near, feeding, for example, giraffes. This is amazing!
    I am going to reblog this post at once in two blogs! i also started to follow your blog!

    Best regards,
    Arlen

  13. David Schook says:

    First off, amazing captures. I envy you this trip, so much. Secondly, as a person that works with animals every day, and those are well-socialized domestic animals, I can tell you that any animal, if sick or hurting can injure someone with its teeth or claws in a heartbeat. Trainers who lose sight of this and pull at tails will have it brought to their attention in a spectacular manner at some point. How did you get so wise at such a young age?

  14. Beautiful pictures. I’m sorry to hear about the guide. I experienced something similar last week in Hawaii with a Macaw trainer. I don’t know how these people keep their jobs.

  15. Fabulous photos (all completely outside my own northern-hemispheric experience). That guide, though… kind of spoils it, I do see. One day, he’ll need to count his arms, maybe… RH

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