Our first trip to Zimbabwe (and proof that talking about the weather and football will get you past any border in the world!). The lion encounter uses tourists and visitors to walk with lions ... (which were a lot bigger than I thought they'd be for 18 months old!). Since lions are endangered they are trying to rear a generation (funded by our visits) and allowing the lions to walk "in the wild" (with us) and do lion-type things - like running after animals (and hopefully not humans). This generation will hopefully be released into the semi-wild and the next generation won't be marred by human handling. In that way they are hopefully preserving the lion population.