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David Livingstone Birthplace’s Lion Attack! Resource

Download this free teaching resource from David Livingstone Birthplace to explore hot seating and creative writing.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Biology, Drama, English, History, Science


Take the hot seat!

Lions are very beautiful and impressive creatures. When David Livingstone had only been in Africa a short time, his arm was very badly broken by a Lion’s bite. This became a very famous story from his travels because it is so dramatic and gruesome!

Have you ever thought about how that Lion felt? Did you know that the same lion bit two other men after biting Livingstone? And do you know what happened to the Lion afterwards?

Read this account of David’s encounter with the Lion and have a go at putting yourself in the Lion’s paws.


Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Biology, Drama, English, History, Science

Topics: Conservation, Hot Seating, Creative Writing

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About David Livingstone Birthplace.

The David Livingstone Trust (DLT) includes the Listed Building of his birth, surrounding parkland, and the 2,000 piece David Livingstone collection.

David Livingstone’s Birthplace is a dynamic visitor experience where people can learn about and be inspired by Livingstone’s story, his childhood home and their collection.

Today they continue Livingstone’s mission by enabling people from Scotland, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to engage in intercultural dialogue and participate in the world as active global citizens.