Care for the lions is an ongoing task, led at each project location by lion handlers under the supervision of the lion managers. This experienced and dedicated team is assisted from time to time by animal management interns. These are individuals who have experience in animal welfare and are looking to utilise their existing skills, as well as learn new ones, in a unique environment.
Peta Sutherland is one such animal management intern who is currently at our Livingstone project site in Zambia. As part of her duties she assisted Cara Watts, the lion manager here, with routine de-worming at the end of June. Deworming is undertaken according to veterinary advice every 3 – 6 months depending on the lions’ age and status. This practice prevents health problems such as heartworm, hookworm and tape worm.
The tablets are administered to each lion by concealing it in a small amount of meat, the smell of which also, handily, encourages the lions to come to the fence to receive their treatment. In no time Peta treated all 34 lions from the youngest cubs to the oldest adults.
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