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Bring on the Lions

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Most impalas die of old age.  And most people die of old age, too.

But that’s not a very exciting story, is it?

What makes us want to bring on the lions?


Cheryl Merrill’s essays have been published in Fourth Genre, Pilgrimage, Brevity, Seems, South Loop Review, Ghoti, Alaska Quarterly Review, Adventum and Isotope. “Singing Like Yma Sumac” was selected for the Best of Brevity 2005 and Creative Nonfiction #27. It was also included in the anthology Short Takes: Model Essays for Composition, 10th Edition. Another essay, “Trunk,” was chosen for Special Mention in Pushcart 2008. She is currently working on a book about elephants: Larger than Life: Living in the Shadows of Elephants.

11 thoughts on “Bring on the Lions

    1. There were three lions eating a baby hippo. This one was taking a rest, checking us out because we had just arrived in our Land Rover. Needless to say, none of us got out of it!

      1. I think it’s the primal part. They terrify us, yet they are beautiful and magnificent. I’ve never seen one in the wild but I hope to someday.

        When I saw one in a zoo once (years ago, before I boycotted zoos), I was mostly struck by how big they are.

      2. I hope that you do get to see one in the wild, Kevin. But go soon. There are only about 20,000 lions left in the southern part of Africa. Botswana is a good place to go see them.

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