Photos show lions lazing on empty roads and taking a nap during lockdown in South Africa

Photos show lions lazing on empty roads and taking a nap during lockdown in South Africa

Lions, giraffes, and wild dogs have also been seen at the golf course inside the national park.

Source: Kruger National Park/Richard Sowry via Twitter

The animal kingdom is surprising people across the world by showing up in urban and other spaces during the lockdown even though they are mostly nowhere to be seen in concrete jungles otherwise. For instance, wild goats started roaming the streets of Llandudno, a coastal town in north Wales. In another part of the world, a pride of lions have surprised people by showing up near a rest camp and sleeping in the open on a wife and empty road during the day time.

Photos from South Africa's Kruger National Park showed that the pride was relaxing on an empty road, completely unconcerned about probably the only human around, photographer and park ranger Richard Sowry, according to CNN. He arrived there in his car, by which the lions were not perturbed as they are used to of them. "Lions are used to people in vehicles. All animals have much more of an instinctive fear of people on foot, so if I had walked up they would never have allowed me to get so close," he told BBC.

"This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see," the national park's twitter post said. "This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp." The big cats are usually seen on the roads by rangers at night only.


Usually, this national park is filled with tourists but it has been shut since March 25 as South Africa is also under lockdown. "Lying on the road during the daytime is unusual because under normal circumstances there would be traffic and that pushes them into the bush," park spokesman Isaac Phaahla told CNN. He added that not a lot has changed in the behavior of the animals during the lockdown.


"They just occupy places that they would normally shun when there are tourists," he said. "People should remember that KNP is still a largely wild area and in the absence of humans, wildlife is more active."


The oldest lioness in the pride is 14 years old, "which is very old for a lioness," said Sowry to BBC. He's also seen the lions sleeping on the tar road during winter nights as the road retains heat. This lockdown has also led to the animals enjoying their world away from human interaction so much that lions and wild dogs have been seen at a golf course in the park.


Even during the lockdown, the national parks in South Africa are getting food delivery, fuel provision, security and emergency services. The wildlife crime operations have also been working, South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement.