South African game reserve, Kruger National Park, shared images of the positive impact of the nationwide lockdown, which has prohibited tourist activity, allowing the lions to roam around freely.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, 15 April 2020, the Kruger National Park shared several images of a pride of lions sprawled on the tarred road. The lions were said to have migrated to the road since there had been no tourist activity since the commencement of the nationwide lockdown. Kruger National Park explained that, the “lion pride are usually residents on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see. This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.”
The images have been shared across a number of local and international media outlets, highlighting one of the positive aspects of South Africa’s month-long lockdown, caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. Social media users also shared their views on the environmental changes that have occurred since the beginning of COVID-19, with some claiming that the virus has allowed for human beings to take a break from polluting the earth.
One social media user, Dakini Bliss argued that, “COVID-19 is putting into perspective what’s really important in life. People, animals and the environment. Greed and ego are just destructive forces in this world. Hoping we all come out on other side of this with more humility, compassion and self-awareness.”