You can watch AND TOUCH real lions in this virtual reality video from National Geographic

National Geographic is the world’s prime destination for science, travel, and adventure. Through their world-class explorers, cameramen, reporters, and filmmakers, Nat Geo takes us closer to where the action is. This stunning 360 degree virtual reality video is no exception.

Here you can experience what it’s like to actually be a few inches away from these magnificent beings and literally hear their breathing down your neck. It’s an uncanny experience, but breathtaking as it puts you right there in the middle of the pride where you’ll meet the family…

Growing up is a struggle, particularly if you’re a growing male lion. In this VR film by National Geographic Explorer Martin Edström, you will come face to face with young Gibson and his mother, as they grapple with their pride’s existing alpha male. Is leaving the safety of the pride Gibson’s only hope for survival?

Editor’s note: This is a NEW kind of video called a “360” video, meaning it captures everything around you: front, back, sides, even the sky! But, before you watch, let me offer you a few tips on how to experience this video.

First, remember this is not an old fashioned video with one perspective. When you play the video (just past the play button as usual), you may “drag” your finger across the screen to change the view. So you can literally look over your shoulder by swiping left or right — and you’ll see what’s there! If you’re on a computer, click on the screen after the ideo starts and drag your mouse around. If you’re on a phone or tablet, just use your finger to change your view instantly.

So go ahead, have fun! Swipe around with your finger or your mouse. It’s like being right there amongst the lion’s pride. After watching, pass this video along with your friends and let them share the adventure, too.