Welcome to the beautiful Luangwa Valley of Zambia, where big cats such as lions, leopards, and cheetah are constantly at war for their next kill. Wildlife documentaries taking the lives of various species of wild cats over their lifetime, watching them grow up and mature into adulthood. These are all part of a multi-faceted wildlife programme run by the world's leading wildlife conservationist Dr. Nicholas Perrin, who is a proud director of "The Lioness Programme", an award-winning film directed by Michael Balderstone. Welcome to the Luangwa, ladies and gentlemen.
For those of you not familiar with this film, it was filmed in Zambia and follows a group of African wild cat researchers headed by Perrin as they follow their prey over an incredibly long journey through the bush. The movie covers a range of topics including the social and political pressures that drive the cats towards extinction, the challenges of raising a family among these magnificent creatures, and also the difficulties in raising children while keeping an eye on your lions and leopards!
Those who have seen this film have been impressed with the level of professionalism displayed by animal rights activists in documenting the many challenges faced by these animals. The documentary itself has a lot of positive elements, which the film maker has shown throughout. It also takes the viewer into the local culture and the very real dangers facing these big cats.
One of the biggest positives I had from the film is how it makes us care about the conservation of wildlife, and how the film makes the viewer care about the animals themselves. It's one thing to get a simple message across that lion hunting is wrong, but to show us what it's like to be a conservationist and to make the viewer care about something that is so important is an exceptional achievement.
Online viewers may want to keep an eye on the lion population in areas of the world where hunting is being restricted or prohibited. With the lion hunting ban in Zimbabwe being lifted, the population will likely increase to dangerous levels, threatening not only the lives of many people, but also the animals themselves. If we do not intervene, the future of some of these amazing cats looks bleak. and the future of the African plains will be threatened.
In terms of viewing the documentary online there are several websites where you can watch it. You can also watch the movie on your favourite streaming service. If you have a subscription to any TV station then you should have access to this film online and in your TV library. So, why not give it a go and enjoy some lion cinema of a lifetime.