Don’t Look a Leopard in the Eye, and Other Security Advice.
If you encounter an aggressive lion, stare him down.
But not a leopard; avoid his gaze at all costs.
In both cases, back away slowly; don’t run.
What does it mean when a lion stares at you?
When a wild Kalahari lion stares directly at you, it’s predatory gaze fixed on your human frame like a missile locked onto its target, there are two things that happen. A primordial fascination rises up, and something stops you from averting your own gaze.
How do you scare away a lion?
It is vital to stand your ground, perhaps retreating very slowly, but to continue facing the lion while clapping your hands, shouting and waving your arms around to make yourself look bigger. Most charges are mock charges, so you will usually be fine. And remember: hold your ground! Never run or turn your back.
Should you look a tiger in the eye?
If you ever encounter a tiger in the wild (or if you do one in your dreams :-)), look in the eyes and slowly back far, far away while keeping eye contact with him and he is less likely to kill you. Tigers prefer to hunt by ambush, so by looking a tiger in the eyes you are showing him you know he is there.
What are lions afraid of?
Lions (male and female) are afraid of large mammals like giraffes, hippos and elephants, but they are also afraid of their day-to-day prey. Closing on the prey animal, the lion could get kicked or gored.