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Lion Country [DVD]
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Based in Antelope Park, a 3,000-acre game reserve in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia, David and the team prepare captive-bred lions for release into the wild. During the six-part series we get to know members of the park team and their feline charges. Assuming the position of alpha male, David helps the lions to re-discover the essential hunting skills of stalking, capturing and killing prey. When their programme is complete, they are released into a massive 10,000-acre managed reserve.
Have the lions learnt enough to survive in this dangerous environment?
Stills from Lion Country (Click for larger image)
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"Lion Country" follows British conservationist David Youldon and his team in their quest to teach young lions which were reared by people the skills they need to survive in the wild. Once they're about two years old they are brought in groups (= prides) to a release site within a 10,000 acre enclosure. The ultimate goal is to release their cubs into the wild when they are grown.
I found the six episodes episodes very interesting if somewhat short (each one is about 22 minutes long). David Youldon is a likable presenter who has an obvious bond with and passion for these lions. Seeing him (and the other handlers) play and interact with them almost makes you believe they are just overgrown domestic cats. But, as Youldon points out again and again, you can never forget that these are wild animals which are potentially dangerous and can only be approached like this as long as they recognize him as the leader of their pride.
The footage of daily work with the lions is interspersed with beautiful shots of the African landscape. Overall, I didn't like "Lion Country" quite as much as the "Big Cat Week" dvds, but it's still a very good documentary series. I've heard that a second series with 12 episodes is currently being shot, and I will certainly buy it once it is released on dvd.
P.S.: Amazon states the runtime of this dvd as 180 minutes --- this is not correct. The actual runtime is only 132 minutes (as stated on the dvd itself)!
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Excellent if you are a cat lover like me I would definitely recommend this its a great true story to all you animal loversPublished on 4 May 2014 by yvonne game
Great series, beautifully shot ;) I would like to see series 2 on DVD - this series is 6x30' shows, series 2 was 6x60' and much more in-depth.Published on 20 Dec. 2013 by Mr P Broadhurst