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    Ever watched a lioness sneeze?

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    Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari is located in the Shimoga district of the state of Karnataka, India. This lioness was disturbed by us but she just stared wide eyed, sneezed and did not attack us. She's not in a cage and 20 ft away from us. The African male lion with her from Tamilnad is aggressive and violent. Shows signs of abuse - so she's generally anxious. She's scared of her own sneeze!

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    Tour director: Nagappa
    Forest officer: Ramesh
    Fact file:
    Spans 250 hectares - 27.5 for animals mainly the big cats.
    21 tiger surplus in 1989 now 3 females 6 males as they donated tigers to other sanctuaries.
    1989 - Local Panchayat worked for it, Central Zoo Authority jurisdiction now.

    IUCN Red List of Threatened Species - Vulnerable status. But here she is endangered - the earlier female got mauled.