In India’s Gir sanctuary, the only home to Asiatic lions, they need people to protect and rescue big cats. Since women still have fewer opportunities than men, India’s government mandated that 33% of the Gir sanctuary workers had to be women.

Now many Indian women spend their days rescuing lions, leopards, and other big cats, helping keep the population growing and safe. Initially many of these women faced discrimination from their male counterparts, but over time, they’ve proven themselves just as capable of caring for the big cats as the men.

If you thought you were crazy about cats, imagine caring for large cats and getting paid for it as well.

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