Leica CL, 55-135.
Not really because of the photograph, but to raise a question.
An ethical Lion rescue center in Livingstone. These cubs were born in captivity, as the parents were too heavily wounded by snares to be released back into the wild after treatment.
These four are being trained for release, but they will be too habituated to be suitable for anything but secure private reserves.
To raise money, tourists are allowed to participate in the walks with their trainers.
Lions are rapidly getting endangered, Numbers must be preserved and increased.
Lions impacted by human action (poaching) should be rescued and rehabilitated.
Rescue and rehabilitation centers must generate revenue to function.
Habituating makes them unsuitable for release into areas where they might be at risk from humans
Even if they are released into private game reserves, there is always the risk that they will end up in the canned hunting circuit
Given that they will most likely be released a very long way from their origin, there will be hybridization of a subspecies in the future.
What do you think of this ethical dilemma?