Whist this training makes lions safer to interact with the paying public, ironically the tourists themselves have no training or concept of handling and interacting with the lions at all. In particular, the constant handling by hundreds of tourist's day in day out, often causes unnecessary stress and injury to these young cubs.
When the day ends and the tourists leave, the lions typically return to their dismal barren enclosures, to be fed an unnatural diet, many of which fall far short of meeting even their basic welfare needs.
What becomes of these lions when they become adults that are simply too dangerous for direct contact with tourists? Unlike other captive conservation programmes, lion parks do not help boost wild populations, as their lions can never be safely released into the wild. Instead, adult lions are either euthanised, kept in increasingly crowded captive conditions, or may be sold to zoos, lion farms or even private collectors as pets.
The Park owners are quick to insist that they do not directly supply captive bred lions for 'canned' lion hunting. However, these same owners have recently admitted to World Animal Protection investigators that they possess little knowledge of what happens to their lions after they are sold.