22.01.2009 - 22.01.2009
This area consists of numerous lion enclosures in a variety of sizes, with a maze of joins for easy moving and breeding. It is a 20 minute walk from camp across the park and where the owner of the Park lives in a very pretty thatched house with beautifully manicured gardens. Mr Connolly is white wealthy Zimbabwean with only one arm, torn off by a pet lion some years before the program was born. A good advertisement to all that even though some lions are hand reared, they are wild animals and must be treated with the utmost respect at all times.
There are 81 lions at Antelope Park of which 35 are ready for release into Stage 2. An area of land adjacent to the park and 5 times bigger is currently being negotiated for Stage 2 and 3 release sites. Acquiring land in Zimbabwe is not easy as the majority of land is owned by the Government and leases for White folk are not readily available. Obtaining government permits for the capture and relocation of animals is equally difficult with a lot of delays and endless red tape. There are only 3 vets in Zimbabwe who must be government approved and available to oversea the movement of wildlife.