Exclusive: Inside a controversial South African lion farm

National Geographic investigates the fate of lions found in terrible condition earlier this year.

During an April 2019 welfare inspection of Pienika Farm, in South Africa’s North West Province, many lions were found by the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to be living in overcrowded, unhygienic conditions. The lions here, photographed in July, were diagnosed as suffering from mange, a skin disease caused by parasitic mites.
Photograph by Nichole Sobecki, National Geographic

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