Wild animals never cease to amaze us with their beauty and mystery. Among many majestic animals, lions are the kings of the jungle and we all love seeing them in documentaries, safaris or sanctuaries because they are indeed royal. Moreover, they are felines, and who doesn’t like cats? Talking about pets, check out the amazing lions at the Taigan Safari Park who act a little bit different than your regular wild cat.
If you don’t believe it, check out this lion at #8 who’s having a blast with these stunned tourists!
22. KING OF THE JUNGLE
Nobody can argue that lions are the kings of the jungle, the apex predators that never have to worry about being hunted by other animals. When it comes to lions, safari tourists know better than approaching a lion. Except for this safari in Russia…
21. SAFARI TOURISTS
Take for example a group of tourists at the Taigan Safari Park who got a little too close to a lion. They had no idea that the lion actually noticed them, and they regretted their decision the second that lion looked their way…
20. TAIGAN SAFARI PARK
The Taigan Safari Park is located in Russia and what makes it special is the fact that it allows tourists to get really, really close to wild animals. Something that you don’t get to do in other places. However, this zoo is not like others…
19. OLEG ZUBKOV
The Taigan Safari Park zoo is owned by none other than Oleg Zubkov. This man is nicknamed as the “lion whisperer” and the next picture will make it clear how he earned this nickname. Would you have the guts to do what he does?
18. THE LION WHISPERER
Oleg Zubkov loves animals and he somehow manages to “tame” lions. A crazy as this might sound, the Russian zoo owner manages to befriend wild animals that other people wouldn’t even dream about getting close to. Hence, fluffy lion kisses!
But tourists got more than kisses this time…
17. BIG SMILE
As this picture clearly shows us, lions love being around Oleg Zubkov. The man raises them since they are only cubs and this is why they see him as one of their own. This furry guy looks as spoiled as our tabby! Isn’t that amazing?
16. WEIRD RULE
The interesting thing about Oleg Zubkov’s zoo is that it encourages tourists to get close to wild animals. The man is confident that his lions are used to having humans around and that they will never attack. But how certain is he?
15. FRIENDLY LIONS
Even though this might be hard to believe, there are no reports to show that a wild beast has attacked someone at Oleg Zubkov’s park. Do you think this is true? Let’s check it out in these breath-taking photos.
14. CUDDLING LIONS
We can be sure that there is a long line at this safari where people get to pet and cuddle the massive cats without being harmed! Who wouldn’t want to pet a lion? They’re so fluffy and beautiful, and yet so dangerous! Check out these tourists at #8 who got to do more than pet a lion!
13. OLEG TRUSTS HIS WILD CATS
The most incredible thing about Oleg and the lions he takes care of is that he doesn’t fear them at all! Check out this lioness at #3 who cannot stop licking this tourist who keeps laughing! This scene went viral!
12. NOT AFRAID
The lion whisperer is willing to stick his arm inside a lion’s mouth because he knows that they will never bite him. But one encounter was captured on camera and we experienced a ton of mixed feelings in just a few seconds!
11. LION ENCOUNTER
A video recently went viral of a group of safari tourists that visited Taigan Safari Park. They wanted to see just how close they can get to a lion, but little did they know, the lion had a big surprise prepared for them!
10. EXCITING ADVENTURE
The tourists were excited to get on the safari and they were looking forward to having a real-life lion a couple of feet away from them. However, the lion had other plans for them…
9. BIG SURPRISE
As the safari kart was getting closer, the lion started licking its lips. Was it hungry? Did the big beast see the safari visitors as his afternoon meal?
8. TOO CLOSE
It didn’t take more than one second for the lion to pounce on top of the safari kart. Even though the tourists wanted this to happen in the first place, they started freaking out. The next picture is downright incredible!
7. BIG HUG
Did you ever expect a lion to react this way to seeing tourists riding around through his enclosure? The animal was hugging everyone and no one could believe that this was really happening.
6. FRIENDLY LION
Whoever knew that lions can be so friendly? The man in this picture seized the opportunity and embraced the lion because he knew that he will never be able to do this again. The next picture is even crazier than this one!
5. SCARY MOMENT
After the safari tourist puts his arms around the lion, the wild beast quickly turns around and stares him right into the eyes. Everyone got scared at this moment, but what happened next brought smiles to everyone’s faces.
4. JUST A BIG CAT
The lion hugged the man just like a house cat would do. Getting embraced by a lion and living to tell the story afterward is a once in a lifetime opportunity that most people don’t even dream about.
3. BRAVE MAN
We have to admit that this man is quite brave. Would you ever have the courage to get this close to a lion?
2. KILLER INSTINCTS
The scary thing about getting this close to a lion is that you never know if its killer instincts might kick in and the beast decides to attack. Fortunately, this never happened at the Taigan Safari Park.
1. MAJESTIC BEAST
If there’s something that we can take from this incredible story then it must be that the Taigan Safari Park is an awesome place to visit and that lions are surprisingly friendly.