22 May

Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council Member Explains Recent Zoo Lions’ Interactions with Humans


Recently, ‘homemade’ videos of lions in zoos pawing at and interacting with children through their protected enclosures have been featured on various news television programs, blogs and other outlets. As several of these videos feature toddlers in striped clothing, many viewers were left wondering if the lions actually mistook the children for their natural prey – wild zebras.

In his interview with The Age, Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council Member & lion expert, Craig Packer, explained these lions’ behaviors and what they were likely thinking during these interactions.

Click here to watch the videos and read the interview.

Learn more about Panthera's Cat Advisory Council.