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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing film, 13 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Last Lions (Paperback)
This is an amazing piece of filming that follows one female lion who is left with 3 cubs to raise alone after the death of her mate by other males fighting for their territory. Pushed into an unfamiliar place in order to survive, her journey is heartbreaking, courageous, sad, and hopeful all rolled into one. Both her and her cubs suffer so much throughout the film and it did make me cry in parts.

Jeremy Irons did a wonderful job in narrating and his voice and words will cause shivers down your spine. One of the facts stated in the film is that 50 years ago there were 450,000 lions in Africa, now there are 20,000, a sad reality of what humans bring upon the world. We are the only ones who can change the destruction in our priceless wildlife, and I really urge everyone to watch this spectacular film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAST LIONS, 29 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Last Lions (Paperback)
This book was first published in 2006 (2011), has 175 pages, 13 chapters, numerous beautiful colour pictures and 2 maps. A portion of this book was printed as 'Relentless Enemies' in 2006, and it is an official companion book to the film 'The Lost Lions', now available as a DVD. The foreword is by Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of Botswana. BEVERLY and DRECK JOUBERT have been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 30 years, which has resulted in 22 films, 10 books, 6 scientific papers and many articles for National geographic Magazine. They have also been honoured by President of Botswana and won many international awards. Their Company 'Great Plains Conservation' has set aside 1.8m acres in Africa for the wildlife and have won awards for best safari accommodation and safari destinations.
In DUBA PLAINS, Okavango delta, the lions face challenges from their water logged territory and their prey, the water buffalo. This book tells their story and a story of a lone lioness 'MA-Di-TAU (mother of lions) and her cubs and their struggle for survival. Duba is an island, formed only 25 years ago by termites and rivers and channels and it is full of lions. This film is about two TSARO Prides and the collapse of lion numbers, from 450,000 to 20,000. If the lions disappear, who would want to go to Africa for safari? The lions and buffalo act as 'Relentless Enemies' on this Duba Island. In July 2000, Jouberts drive through this swamp, with water inside their Land Cruiser. The lions and buffalo attack each other like an 'eternal dance'. Lions specialise hunting buffalo in Duba. Try lifting a set of buffalo horns over your head, when on safari, and see how much you strain! The lionesses of Tsaro Pride are possibly formed by different prides coming together to hunt this large prey. The 2 large male lions and 9 lionesses dominate the Tsaro Pride, and are one of the largest lions seen. However, there is a cub killer amongst them. Female buffalo fall easy to these lions but a male buffalo will defend itself for hours.
Lion cubs soon get used to the waters. The buffalo flick their tongues into their nostrils to keep them moist and enhance their sense of smell. The Tsaro pride try to keep the buffalo in their territory, away from neighbouring PANTRY pride. There are now few male lions left as the trophy hunters take many. The neighbouring SKIMMER pride lionesses are good mothers and have many cubs and successfully hunt the buffalo. Lion prides have a life span and sooner or later, they disappear. The lions here hunt again and again, until they fail or succeed. Here there is only one predator and one prey, day and day. A kill is violent, but their is no malice or cruelty involved, unlike what man does. The lions do it to eat and the buffalo do it to stay alive. When a calf is attacked, it is normally the immediate kinship group that returns to rescue it.
13 hyenas attack the lions with their aggression and intimidation, and take over the kill. The buffalo don't leave the area. Their best defence is to sleep! Lion won't attack sleeping bunched up buffalo with their horns facing outwards. Watch the DVD film of this book as it is outstanding with a sad end.
Some other books by Beverly and Dereck Joubert are:-
(1) Hunting with the Moon, 1997
(2) The Africa Diaries, 2000
(3) Elephant in the Kitchen, 2006
(4) Face to Face with Elephants, 2008
(5) Eye of the Leopard, 2009
(6) Face to Face with Lions, 2010
(7) Face to Face with Leopards, 2010
(8) Relentless Enemies, 2006
(9) African Animal Alphabet, 2011
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.
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