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Post time 2013-11-5 14:43:27 |Display all floors
'We didn't want Sirga to become like other lions in captivity, constantly fed by streams of tourists. She only interacts with me and Valentin.
'She hunts her own food, taking antelopes and she will let us be near her when she eats it which is remarkable.
'Sirga doesn't mind people, but she doesn't pay them any attention. Wild lions are scared of people, the problem comes if you release a lion that is used to people in the wild, that can cause problems.

Mr Legarth said: 'The first time you walk up to a lion all your body is telling you this is not something you should be doing'




Close: The amazing pictures show Sirga - a 110lb lioness - cuddling her new found friends




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The Modisa Wildlife Project aims at removing lions from areas where they face certain death after coming into conflict with farmers



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'With Sirga we want to release her to the wild eventually as a wild lion not as one that has met lots of people. That would be dangerous.'
The Modisa Wildlife Project aims at removing lions from areas where they face certain death after coming into conflict with farmers.
Mr Legarth added: 'If you release wild lions somewhere else, they will come straight back to where they were before because there is food there.


The pair with some of the lions from the project in Botswana, southern Africa



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Post time 2013-11-5 14:45:23 |Display all floors

Sirga - a 110lb lioness - and her adopted pride Valentin Gruener and Mikkel Legarth



[size=1.2em]'And if you just dump a pride of lions in the middle of a new territory they will disturb the prides that are already there.

[size=1.2em]'In Botswana all lions are protected by the government - like swans being the property of the Crown in the UK. This also makes moving them a problem.

[size=1.2em]'What we have now are 10,000-hectare plots with 10 to 15 lions in fenced enclosure, they are wild lions but we do have to feed them.

[size=1.2em]'The first time you walk up to a lion all your body is telling you this is not something you should be doing.'

[size=1.2em]Mr [size=1.2em]Legarth[size=1.2em] added:[size=1.2em] [size=1.2em]'We are located on Willie De Graaff's 10,000-hectare farm with lions, wild dogs and leopards that has been saved from certain death. We are now looking for sponsors that can support us with a long-term solution for those animals.'


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