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The lion is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in Gir Forest National Park in India, having disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India, and in the Americas from the Yukon to Peru. Lions live for ten to fourteen years in the wild, while in captivity they can live longer than twenty years. In the wild, males seldom live longer than ten years, as injuries sustained from continual fighting with rival males greatly reduce their longevity.

African Lion Safari Can be Dangerous

An African lion safari still tops the most wanted list among safari seekers who rate the king of the jungle the most sought after creature on tour. It's amazing to think that one of the most dangerous animals on the planet is held in such high esteem by a race who seems hell bent on eliminating it from the face of the Earth. Go figure!

There is no doubt the African lion was headed towards oblivion in recent years as human intervention made steady progress encroaching on it's once haloed grounds. Increased farming activity meant extra land needed to be cleared. The lion had to make way for farming stock. The good news is there are some excellent programs in place to make sure the lion continues to survive.

An African lion safari will leave a lasting impression and there are no shortage of excellent tours available. Safety is an aspect of a lion safari which cannot be emphasized enough. Your tour operator will make this a priority on your trip. Lions have the ability to lure their prey into a false sense of security. It's an uncanny ability but an effective one.

Travelling on a recent safari to South Africa with a group of friends, I got my first taste of seeing the big cats up close. Travelling in a vehicle with eight other safari enthusiasts we stopped at the request of one of the passengers who wanted to snap a picture of a group of female lions. Our guide and driver was forthright about remaining seated and keeping all body parts inside the vehicle.

The driver became distracted and didn't notice one of the passengers actually get out of the vehicle. What took place brought home to me just how effective the lion is in it's own environment. It seemed perfectly safe to step outside for a moment as the lions seemed too far away to bother us. But reality was they had fixated their attention on us from the time we came into view. They were just waiting for an opportunity.

The passenger outside the vehicle was happily snapping photo after photo. What he and all of us hadn't realised or noticed was the lions had already started to close in. It was done with precision and prowess. Suddenly, the driver began yelling furiously at the passenger outside to get back in the vehicle, at the same time pointing to a figure moving in like stealth from a short distance away. In one swift movement, the frightened gentleman had leapt back in the safe confines of the vehicle and was understandably shaken.

What we hadn't realised was the fact he was being stalked by three separate lions all heading in from different directions and appearing to be working as a team. It all happened in an instant!

So can an African lion safari be dangerous. Sure, but only if one doesn't observe safety protocol. With the lion under threat, now is a good time to book your African safari adventure!

About the Author:
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Ignore safety issues on an African lion safari and you take life into your own hands! Find out why in this revealing report. Plus, read the latest african safari related news and reviews at:

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