Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

        Posted by Luke Hunter
                    Luke Hunter
Male lion and lioness

Barely a month goes by without news of someone getting into a tussle  with a ‘tame’ big cat. A recent case in point showed a young lion in a  South African resort roughing up a British journalist who thought it  would make good copy to go into the animal’s cage for a close encounter.  It’s easy to dismiss the stunt as journalistic nonsense (which it is)  but dozens of operations across Africa sell similarly close encounters  with lions to the average tourist. For a fee, just about anyone can play  with cubs, take a stroll with young lions or pose for photos to show  the folks back home.

Inevitably, the marketing behind these outfits is heavy on the C-word  — ‘conservation.’ Visitors are told relentlessly that, by handing over  their cash to cozy up…

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