Luvi Silverberg
November 11, 2022

How Much is It to Rent a Lion


Renting a Lion

Movie and television producers have been using animals in their productions since the dawn of cinema. But, as with everything else, it's gotten more expensive over time. In the 1920s, a film featuring even one or two animals would cost less than $10,000 to produce. Today, the average animal-intensive production costs about $1 million per minute of screen time for trained animals alone. The cost can run up if you're renting exotic animals such as lions or tigers. Here are some ways to save money on your next movie project:

[The Lion]

Lions are the largest of all cats and can weigh up to 550 pounds. While lions have a life span of 15 years, they live in groups called prides. A pride consists of about 10 lions and their cubs, who move from place to place in Africa and India. Lions hunt large prey such as zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. They also eat smaller animals like monkeys or antelope if they're hungry enough!


You may be wondering who would ever hire a lion tamer. After all, if you're already working with large cats, why would you need someone to teach you how to safely do so?

A lion tamer is not an expert on lions; rather, they're experts on how to handle large cats. They are trained to handle these animals in a way that protects both the animal and humans who come into contact with them.

[Large Cats]

  • African Lion

The African lion is the largest and most powerful of all lions. It can weigh up to 500 pounds and reach lengths of over six feet when fully grown. The average cost for renting an adult male African lion for two hours is $2,500 USD; for a female, $3,500 USD; for a juvenile (between one and two years old), $4,000 USD; or to rent an entire pride (a group of three or more lions), $5,000 USD.

  • Siberian Tiger

The Siberian tiger is one of four remaining subspecies of tigers alive today. These majestic animals are known as some of the largest feline predators in the world: they can grow up to eleven feet long and weigh up to 700 pounds! The average cost for renting one adult male Siberian tiger for three hours is $3,750 USD; two females or juveniles together will cost you $6,000 USD per hour; while renting all three at once costs between $10-15 per person per hour depending on your location's demand rates..

[Renting a Lion for a Movie or Commercial]

  • You might be wondering how much it costs to rent a lion. The answer is it depends on the length of time you need that animal, as well as what kind of training he needs before you can take him home for your shoot.

  • Generally speaking, when you rent an animal actor for a commercial or movie, they'll expect at least two months of training with their trainer before they'll even consider letting someone else use them in their work (and this often includes travel expenses). If they don't have any training and need to be taught how to act like a real-life version of themselves (a cat), then it will likely take even longer than two months—and possibly much more money than expected!

  • Some people may say that there's no right way to train an animal; however, if you're going through all that trouble just so one day soon at some point maybe someday soon we hope maybe later someday later who knows maybe then again maybe not never mind....

[Lion-Taming Under Glass]

To dress up like a lion tamer, you will need:

  • A hat with a big brim and plume.

  • A pair of glasses or goggles (optional).

  • A whip (optional)

[Big Cat Rescue Site]

[Big Cat Rescue Site]: Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary for exotic cats, located in Tampa, Florida. The organization operates in a manner that is consistent with the values and mission of the mission statement.

The website lists its plan as: ``to continue to build its reputation as the most respected and trusted voice on captive wild cat issues by continuing to educate people about these animals while providing unique experiences at its facility through tours and other events.''

[Safety Precautions]

To ensure the safety of you and the animal, we have put together some basic rules that you should follow.

  • Keep a safe distance. If at all possible, seek out a rental company that is located in a city where lions are commonly found and has an enclosure with fencing to keep them contained. Even if they are safely fenced in, they can still be dangerous if you get too close.

  • Understand the animal's behavior. While it might be cute to see one of these majestic creatures sleeping peacefully on its stomach with its legs folded under its body like some lazy house cat, your reaction may change dramatically if that same lion wakes up and decides it wants to play with your face as though it were made out of yarn or something equally soft-on-the-outside but deadly inside thingamabob (like maybe a pillow).

  • Don't feed or pick up the animals—ever! You don't want one day when this beautiful creature suddenly turns on you for no reason other than because it was hungry from not getting enough tuna fish sandwiches today so now there's only one way left before death takes over our fate: run away!


  • How much does it cost to rent a lion?

  • How much does it cost to rent a lion for a day?

  • How much does it cost to rent a lion for a month?

  • How much does it cost to rent a lion for a year?

  • How much does it cost to rent an African Lion for life, and then die from the emotional trauma of actually having cats in your house all the time


  • If you're renting a lion for a movie or commercial, the rental period is typically one or two days.

  • It costs $300 to rent a lion for your film shoot, plus transportation and handler fees.

  • When renting lions, you'll need to make sure that they have all their shots up-to-date and are healthy enough to be around other animals—and people!

  • The average cost of getting trained handlers who will take care of all your animal needs during an event can run between $150-$200 per day; this includes feeding and medical supplies (since the handler will be on-site).


I hope that after reading this article you’re able to make an informed decision on whether or not renting a lion is right for your next production. The biggest takeaway for me is to always be careful when interacting with wild animals, especially those that are capable of injuring or even killing humans (like lions). So my advice would be to avoid renting one unless absolutely necessary!