Tongabezi Lodge, located on the north banks of the Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls near Livingstone, Zambia, have joined the handfull of tourism operators in the region to speak up on the issue of captive lions being used in lion walks and other tourist-animal interactions.
In a post of their Facebook group (here), Tongabezi outlines some of the many reasons why they have decided not to take bookings for captive lion interactions. Guests can still book directly, if they choose.
There are two toruism operators based in Livingstone, Zambia who use captive bred lions in tourism interactions - the ALERT/Lion Encounter project (which is based in Zimbabwe and operates lion walks in Gweru, Victoria Falls and Livingstone), and Mukuni Big 5 Safaris, which has captive lions, cheetah, and, almost comically, offers a 'complimentary caracal'.
And if this wasn't bad enough, the ALERT project source their lion cubs from South Africa, thus supporting the captive lion breeding industry there which feeds the canned hunting industry there, and Mukuni has white lions - inbred for their recessive genes.
To find out what these operators are up to, and the crazy excuses they offer to support their use of captive animals, view the ALERT website here, Lion Encounter site here, and the Mukuni Big 5 Safaris site here.
Visit the Tongabezi website here, and show your support by booking yourself a holiday!
And to read more about why captive lion interactions are such a hot topic, click here - you'll also find info on this site about white lions here.