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AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime

Eight Week Old Cub

Country: South Africa
Province: Gauteng
Location: Near Johannesburg
Site: The Lion Park    
Lodge: The Lion Park

Eight Week Old Cub

This is a picture of 3 absolutely adorable 8 week old and very rare, White Lion cubs.  These 3 babies look as if they are worn out from stuffing their bellies, again.  Two of the cubs have far away looks as they lie there and the third is yawning for all he/she is worth.  The yawning cub finds his sibling makes a great pillow.  With the expanded belly, it's wonder the yawner can even move.

 Spend even half a day at The Lion Park and you will easily understand how early European settlers in Africa would adopt an abandoned or orphaned lion cub. They are absolutely adorable -- both playful and loving.   The cubs' mother is still nursing these cubs. Weaning starts at about ten weeks and is completed within six months, when the cubs have become proper little carnivores.

This picture was taken at The Lion Park, near Johannesburg, South Africa.  The lion cubs and sub-adult lions are housed in the Cub World area where one can enter and actually interact and play with lion cubs.

The Lion Park is neither a game reserve nor a zoo. It has been split into two areas – one area for the herbivores such as zebra, giraffe, and various plains antelope and other grass-eating animals, and the other area for the carnivores. The herbivores roam freely around the area and visitors are able to view the animals at close proximity at any time.
The carnivore camps, which currently house three prides of lions and a clan of hyena, are protected by barriers and fences to prevent the different prides from attacking one another. By nature, lions are protective of their territory and can become fierce and aggressive if other lions or prides enter their domain.

Johannesburg is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas  in the world,  and is also the world's largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline.

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