18 month old Etosha, the male brown lion. Taken at Lion Encounter Reserve, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Etosha is part of a breeding program which is helping to keep brown lions away from extinction. The 5 stage program, run by ALERT – African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (www.lionalert.org) breeds and raises cubs in captivity, gradually integrating them back into the wild as they grow up.
Etosha has since been released back into the wild, and is now monitored at a distance by ALERT staff, to check on his progress.
At the start of January 2009, Etosha and his brother, Echo had both successfully hunted and killed in the wild. The program achieved a success with these 2 lions.
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