Warren tames the lions as the circus rolls into Hervey Bay
TAMING lions runs in Warren Lennon's DNA and he hopes one day his own children take the reins.
But it comes with clowning around as a job requirement and about ten-and-a-half months every year spent touring away, the Lennon Bros Circus director said.
Warren has performed with his family's company since he was a boy and was taught to 'big cat whisper' by his own father, who was taught by Warren's grandad.
It is an act which has been in the Lennon family for the past five generations, and this Easter the group will celebrate 123 years in the business.
Fellow trainer Mohammed Jratlou, pictured, who has been with the circus for the past 17 years, picked up the technique through careful observations of Warren's interactions with the giant beasts.
"Training a lion is a lot like training a dog," Warren said.
"For any animal, you can have an off day," he said.
"They are normally pretty good, they are like our pets and like to have a scratch under the chin."
The circus's three lions form part of the ringside's line up of performances along with four monkeys, three camels, two miniature donkeys, three lamas and eight ponies.
The circus is now setting up at Pialba's Seafront Oval for matinee and night time shows throughout the school holidays, which begin tomorrow.
But animal magic is not only on the cards - clowns, acrobats and wheel-of-death stunts will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
Tickets for the two hour show are up to $45 adult and $35, but prices vary.