Captive lions are breeding so fast in captivity in Australia that their owners are considering export ...
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MR. BULLEN: "This is a hard thing to say. I mean it depends on whether there are other markets opened up for them such as lion parks or big game reserves in Africa or...or...there're different things that could open up. But I would say very shortly especially here in Australia."
OFF CAMERA: "When we first started lion parks in australia, we had to import ... from Europe. We're breeding an average of about a hundred a year now. In a few years to come, I think we're going to have to start exporting them to different countries."
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Background: Captive lions are breeding so fast in captivity in Australia that their owners are considering export ... including to countries such as South Africa. Operators of lion parks envisage an excess of lions within two years. Nine years ago, there was one lion park with nine lions. Now, thee are similar parks in most of the capital cities with a total lion population of about seven hundred.
Even in Victoria, the most southern and coldest of Australia's mainland states, the animals are breeding so freely that the owners of the Bacchus March Park recently offered a pride of lions to South Africa. Mr. Greg Bullen, whose family owns five such parks, says his firm intends to establish new parks in New Zealand and the South of France ... with Australian lions.
SYNOPSIS: Australia, traditional home of the Kangaroo, has now become a haven for the King of Beasts - the lion. Prides of lions can be seen wandering freely about in park situated within city limits. Most capital cities have a lion park. But the creatures are breeding so quickly that park owners, like Mr. greg Bullen whose family owns five such parks, are becoming increasingly concerned about overpopulation.
Nine years ago there were only nine lions in Australia. Today the lion population is about seven hundred.
So, this jump in the lion population has meant problems for their keepers.
Mr. Greg Bullen's lion parks are all in Victoria, Australia's most southern and coldest mainland state. But the climate, like the food, is something the lions seem to thrive on. Mr. Bullen has already offered a pride of his lions to South Africa, and he even intends to establish new lion parks in New Zealand and the South of France. So far, the lions have certainly proved themselves at home in australia. They remain free of disease and their appetites are excellent.
Each lion's daily diet of fifteen pound of beef - and all the water they care to drink.
Australia lion exports will benefit there owners financially - for each animal is worth about six hundred pounds sterling.