I was simultaneously super excited and nervous that I found myself hyperventilating. This was the closest I had ever been to the king of the jungle, in the middle of the Serengeti. I tried to remain calm but I could only remember quietly squealing, “Oh my God, oh my god, oh my god” under my breath. At only five feet away, this lion could literally annihilate me with a swipe of his powerful paw so I tried my best not to be a distraction. Focusing on his confident and calm stride, his beautiful mane and powerful presence, I couldn’t help but wonder in awe of all the beautiful creations on this earth. It is a humbling experience and also a great reminder of our responsibility to protect the wild and look after one another.