Lion Encounters


Whenever anyone thinks of Africa, an image of a majestic full-maned lion comes to mind. From children’s stories to award winning documentaries, the lion always seems to be the main actor. Lions may be a symbol of strength in the animal kingdom but now more than ever we are needed to conserve and prevent the further decline of this magnificent species.

Wildlife Encounter Victoria Falls operates the Phase One of ALERT’s(African Lion and Environmental Research Trust) rehabilitation and release into the wild program.

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Decline in lion numbers. In 2015 the IUCN stated that “The Lion population is inferred to have undergone a reduction of approximately 43% over the past 21 years.


Lions are listed as Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix II and are regarded as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

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Estimated number of lions in the wild. Over the last century the lion has lost about 82 % of its former distribution range, and recent estimates suggest that there are 23,000–38,000 free-ranging lions living in 68 mostly geographically isolated areas.

Lets not allow lions to lose their title as king.

Lion populations face a risk of extinction from numerous threats. The main threats to lions include:

  • Human-Lion conflict.
  • Targeted snaring and poisoning.
  • Habitat Loss.
  • Prey depletion.



Want to contribute towards Lion conservation?

Join us on Lion Encounter today.

Ambassador animals can provide compelling experiences needed for people to gain and maintain personal connections with the own relationships with nature. Such is the case with our lion encounters; our lions are impactful catalysts in the delivery of our conservation messages, which profoundly affect and promote attitudinal changes in the area. Money generated on the encounter funds the conservation and community projects that are necessary for the future of the African Lion and the ecosystem.