18 month old, male brown lion, Etosha, who we found playing with his brother, Echo in the Lion Encounter reserve, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Etosha and Echo are part of a program to help keep brown lions away from extinction. They were raised in captivity and are slowly being integrated back into the wild again in a 5 step program, run by ALERT – African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (www.lionalert.org).
They have successfully started breeding and reintroducing lions into the wild. The experience allowed us the chance to walk next to the almost fully grown cats, who were in their last stage of captivity and about to be released back into the wild again.
By now, Etosha and Echo would have left the program and be exploring Africa as they were always meant to do.
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