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Jan212011

Arizona Restaurant to Serve Lion Meat Tacos

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- An Arizona restaurant known for serving tacos made from exotic meats is taking advanced orders for a particularly rare delicacy -- lion meat.

Boca Tacos y Tequila, a Tucson Tex-Mex joint which in the past has served alligator, python and turtle tacos plans to put lion on its menu for one night only in February, provided enough diners interest in chowing down on the big cat.

Since news of the offering hit the Internet Thursday, Bryan Mazon, the restaurant's owner, said he has received hundreds of phone calls, but very few orders.

"I'm getting more calls to tell me to go to hell and drop dead, but there's an interest out there," said Mazon, who said he's received nine orders so far for the tacos, which he plans to sell for $8.75 a piece.

Mazon says he is purchasing the lion meat from a California farm he says raises the animals for meat.

"From what I understand these are all farm raised in the USA for consumption.  We serve exotic meats.  We didn't go looking to serve lion, but it became available to us through a vendor."

According to the World Wildlife Fund, African lions -- unlike tigers -- are not an endangered species and are legally allowed to be raised on farms and sold for meat.

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