Lions are taking it easy in South Africa

Published on : Saturday, April 18, 2020

Animals are adjusting well to a life without humans during the coronavirus outbreak be it goats in goats in Wales or wild boar in Italy.


A set of new photos from South Africa’s Kruger National Park shows how the lions are enjoying peace and quiet. A pride of lions are lounging on a road, seemingly unperturbed by the presence of the anyone.


This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see but this  afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.

It is noted on a normal day the area would be busy with tourists, but Kruger has been shut since March 25 as part of South Africa’s nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus.


The park spokesman said that lying on the road during the daytime is unusual because under normal circumstances there would be traffic and that pushes them into the bush. But the lockdown hasn’t led to many changes in animal behaviour and they just occupy places that they would normally shun when there are tourists.

In the absence of humans wildlife is more active in the Kruger National Parks which is still a largely wild area.

South African National Parks said  that although visitors are banned, food delivery, fuel provision, security and emergency services, as well as wildlife crime operations, are continuing, South African National Parks.

SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni thanked the public for their on-going support in line with government’s strategy to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.

They all have an obligation to flatten the curve.

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