Why Wild Animals Dont Attack Tourists in a Safari Vehicle.
If you have been on Safaris in Africa or heard alot from professionals, as well as read about, the best explanation is that animals, and most especially predators, have their viwe much more focused on movement tracking (which is a scientific fact), than details on it’s prey. This, when they see an open Safari Vehicle, full of people, all they see is one big thing. A large beast with some appendices on top (heads). As a large and potentially powerful beast does not interest them as well as other large animals such as adult Rhinos and Elephants. They know hunting effort is not worthy. Not because they dear animals
However, all attention is necessary, as Apex predators such as Lions or even Leopards are relatively intelligent and curious animals. If someone stands up and detaches himself from the rest of the ‘beast mass’, the predator may be curios and doubt if that is part of the large beast or it’s something else separate.it may then investigate or attact.
In case of an attack, we all can imagine what happens. If it starts to investigate too closely, many tourists will loose their nerve, stand up and even run, which will be the worst mistake, as the predator then will be sure that it is a prey and will start chasing.
Considering that, the local guide normally orient passengers to stay seated, quiet, only observing when close to animals. They teach you to never stand up, shake arms or worst, get out of the Safari Vehicle. In the last case, the animal will be sure you are not part of the large beast and will notice you are equally they perfect size for a prey.
However, some private game reserves do not disclose the fact that, in order to maintain the savage aspect of the tour, especially those where an open Safari vehicle is used, they prepare the animals to get use to human presence. Before opening a new game reserve or when new animals are bought (probably to populate or replace losses), they get the animals used to Safari vehicle and people, by running close to them on a frequent basis u till the animals get used to the Safari vehicle and people, and do not show aggressiveness anymore. They do it untill the ‘large beast’ is already a part of the landscape. That is why they really do not attact.