Breakfast with Lions ~ 2

Breakfast with the lions at Shambala Animal Kingdom took place at an open air, except for a roof, venue surrounded by the largest pride of lions in Australasia.

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A splendid breakfast of various juices, bacon, eggs, coffee and tea the odours of which had only a few metres to drift to the nostrils of some grumpy and unfed lions.

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To reach the breakfast area we had to walk along a short, narrow laneway between four hungry lions on our right, and their counterparts on our left.   We thought they were all females.  More later.

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While most of the boys waited with some degree of patience…….

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The alpha male was decidedly displeased at the wait for his morning morsels.

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While enjoying breakfast we were within close proximity to the inhabitants of both sides

and taking these photos was not a difficult task.

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I cannot remember if there was any food placed in these red balls or if they were just toys.  Either way the lions enjoyed playing with them until staff produced a bucket of red meat.  Breakfast!

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We noticed some of the “lionesses” looked to be quite a bit bigger than their counterparts.  Upon commenting about our observation we were told that these females were actually boys with the ‘male’ part removed.  I did not know that a male lion needs to be ‘entire’ to grow a mane until then.  Although, having been around sheep all my life I have seen the difference between wethers and rams – both males but the latter can be used for breeding.

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Just as the these fellas can.

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Breakfast or no breakfast this bloke had a burr under his saddle.

He did not appreciate company at all.

Either that or he wanted to let everyone know who was boss.

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2 thoughts on “Breakfast with Lions ~ 2

    • Thank you again, janalinesmalman. It was a fantastic experience and away from the typical tourist destinations. Truly worth the effort of an early rise. You may like my Tiger Walk post also.

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