How to Survive a Lion Attack Safaris through wildlife reserves are a thrill ride. Now, the popularity of walking safaris is growing, and these are more thrilling than ever before. Along with the thrill comes a heightened amount of danger. While most lions flee from people, even while you’re on foot, an attack is always a possibility. Knowing how to react ahead of time could save your life! Method 1: Standing your ground 1. Do not panic. If you’re being charged by a lion, you’ll be extremely frightened. Do everything you can not to panic. Knowing what to expect can help you stay calm. For example, know that the lion is going to growl while they charge. 2. Do not run. Stand your ground. You need to take charge of the situation and show the lion that you’re a threat. Turn so that you’re side-on-side with the lion while clapping your hands, shouting, and waving your arms. This will make you appear bigger and more threatening to the lion. 3. Retreat slowly. Do not turn your back. Keep flailing your arms and showing, but slowly step away sideways. If you run, the lion may sense your fear and chase after you. Remain threatening to the lion while you retreat. Avoid retreating to a thicket. Instead, retreat to an open area. 4. Be prepared again. The lion may charge you again while you’re trying to retreat. If this happens, shout as loudly as possible and raise your hands again. Truly yell from the depths of your stomach. This time, when it turns away, stop the aggression. Turn sideways and walk away. This can help avoid a fight. Method 2: Fighting the Attack 1. Remain standing. If these precautions don’t work for any reason, the lion may charge. If this happens, remain standing. The lion will likely go for your face and throat. This means that it will jump and you’ll have a full view of the giant cat. 2. Aim for the face. When the cat jumps at you, fight back. Punch or kick the lion as it leaps at you. Aim for the head and eyes as you continue to fight the predator off. The cat is likely to be much stronger than you but using hitting it in the head and eyes will have a great impact and could turn the lion off of you. 3. Seek immediate help. Method 3: Avoiding an Attack 1. Stay away from mating lions. Mating lions and lionesses are extremely aggressive. They are easily triggered during this time. There is no specific time of year that lions reproduce. 2. Stay away from cubs. No matter how tempting it may be or how cute lion cubs are, you should never interact with a lion cub. Lionesses are ferociously protective of their young and should therefore be given extra space. Do not attempt to interact with it in any way, shape or form! In the event you encounter cubs, try to find a route to take you as far from them as possible to avoid an attack. 3. Keep a night watch. Lions are predominantly nocturnal. This is when they do a substantial amount of their hunting. If they’re in predator mode, they are much more prone to attack. If you’re in an area of high lion density overnight, maintain a night watch so that you aren’t caught off-guard.