Read more about the Life Cycle of Captive-bred Lions (and other predators)
These captive-bred animals are exploited at every phase of their life cycle and despite the claims made by many breeders, this industry has no conservation value.
In most instances, these predator facilities are nothing more than commercial operations breeding and exploiting animals for a range of activities, from canned hunting, live international trade, and the trade in lion bones and derivatives, to the extremely lucrative cub petting, ‘walking with lions’ and volunteer activities. Some facilities may earn as much as US$100,000 per month from their volunteer programmes alone. This applies to cheetahs, leopards and tigers as well.