On 23rd April a number of the lions at Lion Encounter Zambia received a visit from the project’s consultant vet, Dr Ian Parsons. First on the doctor’s list was a stop into visit the four-and-half 4S cubs who were all sedated - ahead of their half-siblings the 4Ns - as all eight cubs received their micro-chips and first vaccinations. The procedure went smoothly and all eight recovered very well and were left to recover for the rest of the day before being fed in the afternoon. They had to miss their lunchtime feed as the anaesthetic can cause the animal to vomit if they’ve eaten, so by the time dinner time came around in the evening they were famished and wolfed their food down! After a quick break for lunch it was off to the Dambwa Forest to see Bemba and Bisa. These two-and-a half year-old sisters were spayed as Lion Encounter has no plans to breed with them. After advice from the vet, the option to spay was decided upon as failure to breed can lead to infection inside the womb. Both the girls spent a couple of days following the operation recovering from their painful ordeal but once healed and back to full strength they were introduced to five-year old male Toka. If you want to help us in our endeavour to help the plight of the African lion then find out more information HERE to get up close and personal with the King of beasts!!