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Majestic Pride of Lions (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)

I love going to the zoo, and I can remember going since I was very little. Every time I would go, the lions would always be laying behind some bushes at the side of the enclosure. Maybe once in a while, the female would poke her head up. I never got to see the male other than a flash of fur here or there.

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Well, we took my son to the zoo recently on a nice breezy, cool day. When we walked in, BOTH lions were laying out, awake on a slab of rock. I was so excited to not only see a male lion regally sunning himself, but to get to share the moment with my son! I took plenty of pictures!

By Shannon M.

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November 17, 20110 found this helpful

How sad to think these beautiful wild animals are hunted and removed from their natural environment where they live in family packs running free the way there were born to be. Transferred to live their lives in restrictive conditions for profit and gain "on show".

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Do you really think people achieve knowledge by watching these poor animals doomed to live their lives this way? There are numerous ways to learn about them and all other animals including Books and the WWW you really should watch the movie "Born Free".

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November 17, 20110 found this helpful

Wow, Farstar. Do you go off on everyone who doesn't do as you wish? Or do you live in a magic land far, far away where everyone has to toe your line? Fundamentalism in ANYTHING is a mistake. You believe what you believe, and that is good. When you start believing that your opinion is the only valid one, when you start believing that everyone must do what you think they should or be reviled, you are making an incredbly arrogant mistake.

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This is not a site for nastiness and divisiveness. You might also want to check into this - Zoo breeding programs may be the only thing standing in the way of extinction for some species. Zoos are not the problem for animals. Intrusion into their homes, poaching, pollution, these things and more are the problems. But, no matter what the issue is, judgemental, mean-spirited comments are not the answer. You have a good heart, you love animals and that is good. But you might want to change your tactics.

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November 17, 20110 found this helpful

Also, Farstar, many zoo animals are actually rescues from people who thought they'd make great pets. Zoos don't have to take animals out of the wild. In fact, they often have to refuse rescue animals because they have all that they can take care of. I, too, think there is a great deal of tragedy in seeing these animals locked up.

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I've thought that since I was old enough to go to the zoo, nearly 50 years ago. I saw Born Free - nearly 50 years ago. I also read the first book, and loved the hit record from the movie. It's a great movie, but if you are getting your conservation information from it, you are way behind the times.

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful

Beautiful pictures! Those are really great shots, thanks for sharing!

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful

@ FARSTAR- first off, I may only be 30 but I have read all the books about Elsa from Born Free, and I saw that movie- all when I was a child. I am passionate about protecting animals from harm, and do what I can to support animal rescues.

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But I am not the one who put the lions in the zoo. And I used to work for a few different traveling carnivals. I worked with wild animals such as lions, tigers, bears, panthers, and others that were shown in the fair. These programs worked with local zoos on conservation issues, and from working with them I found out that almost all the animals in the zoos are rescues from little backwoods carnivals, abusive sideshows, and people who think a lion or bear make a good pet. Also, with so many species on the brink of extinction, maybe zoos will soon be the only place to see these animals.

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