The Mukini Big 5 Centre in Zambia, East Africa runs a breeding programme for lions and cheetahs that are threatened by extinction. The lethal predators are part of a breeding programme in and will eventually be released into the wild. Adalberto Mangini, 51 and Laura Bongiorni, 50 are pictured here on a recent tour playing, walking and petting these big cats! The couple have no problem hanging out with some of nature's deadliest creatures.
Adalberto said: 'Do not show any fear as they can feel it; make sure you respect them; touch them in the right place and talk to them, always - they will soon learn to recognise your voice'.