Two handsome young men in Botswana are fighting to save the lion from extinction in Africa. One particular cub named Sirga has developed a close attachment to Valentin Gruener and Mikkei Legarth who saved her from dying.
MailOnline has a report on the work of these young men:
Sirga treats the two conservationists just like she would other lions and with their help she can now hunt for prey on her own.
She is now a beacon for hoped success of the Modisa Wildlife Project, founded in Botswana, Africa, by Mr Gruener, from Germany, and Mr Legarth, who is Danish, with the hope of saving the lion population.
Botswana is two and a half times the size of Britain and has vast areas of wilderness - but already increased farming is bringing lions and man into more and more conflict.
From a base camp in the African bush the Modisa Wildlife Project has been working with local farmers to find a way to keeps lions and man apart. T
he plan is to relocate the lions which are coming into contact with farmers to one large protected area where they have enough wild prey to feed on.
As these amazing shots show Mikkel and Valentin has an incredible affinity for the lions they rescue and not just Sirga. '
We didn't want Sirga to become like other lions in captivity, constantly fed by streams of tourists. She only interacts with me and Valentin.
'She hunts her own food, taking antelopes and she will let us be near her when she eats it which is remarkable.
'Sirga doesn't mind people, but she doesn't pay them any attention. Wild lions are scared of people, the problem comes if you release a lion that is used to people in the wild, that can cause problems