FRANCE: Send Them Back Alive

Lions may be a vanishing species in some African countries, but just 30 miles west of Paris Viscount Paul de La Panouse finds himself beset by too many of the beasts. La Panouse, 27, whose family coat of arms portrays—naturally—a lion, founded a wild-game park three years ago. On the spacious grounds around his family's Renaissance Château de Thoiry, he started out with a score of lions. Obviously French food and the sweeping savannas of the Ile-de-France region agreed with the animals. They proliferated so rapidly that the desperate viscount is now trying to export his surplus. To where? Where...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!