Lion taming

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"Lion tamer" redirects here. For the film, see The Lion Tamer.
Lion tamer
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19th century lithograph of a lion tamer
Occupation type
Performing arts
Activity sectors
Entertainment, show business
Related jobs
Animal trainer
Circus director and lion tamer Gerd Siemoneit-Barum during a performance in Nordenham, Germany in May 1977

Lion taming is the taming and training of lions either for protection, or more commonly, entertainment, particularly in the circus.

About Lion taming[edit]

The term often applies to the taming and display of other big cats such as tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, and cougars. People often use lion taming as a metaphor for a dangerous activity, due to the obvious risks of toying with powerful, instinctive carnivores.

Lion taming occurs in zoos across the world, to enable the keepers to carry out medical procedures and feedings.

The Captive Animals Protection Society maintains that animal welfare cannot be guaranteed in circuses.[1]

Note that taming an individual lion is not the same as domestication of a species.

Lion tamers[edit]


  1. ^ "Circuses". Captive Animal Protection Society. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Culhane, John (1990). The American circus : an illustrated history (1st ed.). New York: Holt. ISBN 0805004246. 
  3. ^ History Magazine, "Step Right Up," October/November 2001 issue.
  4. ^ "Lord of the Rings: Gunther Gebel-Williams, 1934-2001". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  5. ^ El Periódico newspaper (May 4, 2010), article about Cristo's death. Resume of his life and rewards (in Spanish).