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MYTH: Paying to interact with lions is acceptable as the money goes to conservation
12th September 2022

There is no evidence that money raised through interactive captive wildlife activities is donated to the conservation of the species in…

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MYTH: Interacting with ‘ambassador animals’ helps conserve the species in the wild
8th September 2022

Education should never take preference over the welfare of an animal. There is no doubt that raising awareness around species conservation…

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MYTH: Cub petting is okay because the cubs are orphans
6th September 2022

This is another extremely common myth linked to the captive lion industry, but is very often not the case. Many captive…

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MYTH: Interacting with captive cheetahs is perfectly safe
4th September 2022

In the last 15 years, we have recorded 52 incidents of captive cheetahs, lions and tigers attacking a total of 58…

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MYTH: Captive bred lions are as wild as the lions in reserves
30th August 2022

Although the wild instinct of captive-bred lions may well remain, they are human-habituated animals and are ill-equipped to survive in wild…

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MYTH: Captive-bred lions are genetically pure
26th August 2022

The genetics of captive-bred lions are often compromised. The prevailing view amongst carnivore specialists and conservationists is that captive-bred lions do…

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MYTH: Captive-bred lions can be released into the wild
24th August 2022

This is one of the most common myths linked to the captive lion breeding industry. As much as a wild animal…

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MYTH: Breeding lions in captivity will save the species in the wild
23rd August 2022

A common myth linked to the captive lion breeding industry is that it has the ability to supplement and save the…

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