Behavior Enrichment with Africa and Alika
May 4 2015

Stage one of the ALERT Reintroduction and Release into the Wild program was developed at Antelope Park in Zimbabwe; expanding the operation to Lion Encounter (Zimbabwe) in Victoria Falls and to Lion Encounter (Zambia) in Livingstone. 

Focusing on Antelope Park, we have a total of 67 lions in Stage One of the program; two of these being the ‘AAs’ – fondly known as Africa and Alika; who were spoilt with a new toy this week, one made entirely of elephant dung much to everyone’s delight! Elephant dung is like catnip for lions. They love it!

The Antelope Park Lion Project volunteers were tasked with the role of making toys for the lions out of natural materials, and they certainly used their imagination for this assignment!

Behavior Enrichment is essential for all of our lions and it is an important part of our Lion Conservation program. It aids the cubs in stimulating their predatory and sensory skills, as well as facilitating their neuromuscular and cognitive development; it also provides great entertainment for the bigger lions and all on-lookers.

The AAs loved it and they had a very playful round with their new toy. Assessing the lions’ reactions to the different types of toys enables us to ascertain behavioural traits within the lions, and what kinds of toys provide the most stimulation for them.

Behavior Enrichment is part of the volunteer’s weekly activities and is a one that everyone (including the lions) thoroughly enjoys!

To volunteer and / or intern on one of our Lion Projects, contact us here for further information. 

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