Ban Dangerous Walking Safari Tours


Target: E. Chidziya, Director General of the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority

Goal: End guided walking wildlife tours at all national parks.

A tour guide was recently killed by a lion while giving a guided walking safari tour. It is important to take action in order to ensure that others do not meet the same fate.

Quinn Swales had very little to defend himself with when a male adult lion approached him and his tour group at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Guests were only able to make noise in order to try and scare the animal away. Unfortunately, such tactics only served to enrage the lion even more, as Swales was attacked moments later.

National Geographic’s Big Cat’s Program Director, Luke Dollar, is on record as saying that several people are attacked each year by lions. Dollar has also admitted that oftentimes old and sick lions go after humans, since they are too weak or sick to chase what is considered to be their usual prey.

Sign this petition and tell Director Chidziya that allowing these walking tours to continue will only likely lead to more senseless deaths. While lions may be the kings of the jungle, they should never be expected to act in a decorous manner when it comes to encountering human prey.


Dear Director Chidziya,

A male lion recently killed a guide while he was giving a small group of people a walking safari tour. Precautions need to be taken to make sure that this does not happen again.

When Quinn Swales and his group were approached by the beast, they were helpless. Besides their voices, they only had a noisemaking instrument to try and scare the lion off. Unfortunately, these unreliable tactics led to Swales paying the ultimate price.

Luke Dollar, the Director of National Geographic’s Big Cat’s Program, has stated that several people are attacked by lions each year. Dollar is also quoted as saying, “Almost any organism around lions might be a potential prey item, and for people to think that they are an exception is folly.” Furthermore, even sick and weak lions sometimes attack humans, because they no longer have the capability of catching the prey that they would normally eat.

Clearly, walking anywhere near where lions are likely to be roaming is not safe. Unfortunately, people who sign up for these tours may think otherwise, since it is implied that they will be given the tour by a trusted guide.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to permanently ban walking safari tours in all state parks. While this event may be an important part of Zimbabwe’s tourism industry, the safety of visitors and guides should take priority over cash flow.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: George Lamson

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  1. marian tebb says:

    Why not use jeeps?

  2. marian tebb says:

    If they want to keep the tourists and the income couldn’t they get jeeps?

  3. doris hufnagel says:

    Best thing, don t make this safaris. You interfere the wild life system. Very ok you make it by feed, but you have to live with the consequences. You are short time visitor who has nothing to do in this oeco system and know nothing about it. You disturb it. In add you also need and request comfortable lodging, food, … . Stay at home, best protection for the wildlife.

  4. Would believe BETTER ORGANIZING in general would go a long way for improvement. Also if that is not possible BEST PLAN YET……STOP the tours!! NOT NECESSARY. Our animals have had enough of HUMANS!!!

  5. Karen Eicholtz says:

    Stupidity reigns.
    This practice could cause the great cats to become habituated to humans as prey and then have to be killed. What happens next, you tour guide fools, when your main attractions get killed for killing people.
    Stupidity reigns.

  6. This is one of the most dangerous things I have ever seen these people act like they are in one of the parks here in the US. Even here you have to watch out for bears and other wildlife that you might run across. They are after the the money tourists spend and its their only interest until a couple of their customers are killed.

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