Mother Lion Saves Cub in Kenya’s Masai Mara

Even though Kenya’s Masai Mara is a protected area, it doesn’t mean that our big cat cousins don’t get into trouble. Recently a young lion cub got himself into a life threatening predicament when he slipped over the edge  and  was clinging for survival on a cliff wall above a ravine.  The cub’s mother’s love and determination to save him was captured by photographer Jean-Francois Lagrot.

The lion cub hangs on for dear life on the side of a cliff while his mother contemplates how to rescue her son.

Lioness photo by Jean-Francois Lagrot

Photo by Jean-Francois Lagrot

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Last Lion or Tiniest Tiger?

Snarling cats  Lion from Last Lions and Gracey

I have been thinking about the film The Last Lions, An Incredible True Story of Survival from National Geographic Entertainment ever since I watched it for the first time. I was so moved by the film that I wrote a review here on our Conservation Cub Club.  The film was made by  Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers from Botswana, Africa.  The Jouberts  have been National Geographic explorers-in-residence for over four years.  Their body of work has produced five Emmy’s, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award, and induction into the American Academy of Achievement.

I just can’t seem to get the film out of my mind.  I was swept away from the opening scene and followed Ma di Tau’s struggle to survive throughout the film.  A great documentary film with  a message should leave the viewer thinking and I have been thinking about the lions in Africa ever since. Have you seen The Last Lions yet?

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The Last Lions

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Bring March in for the Lions

I had the honor of watching  The Last Lions, An Incredible True Story of Survival from National Geographic Entertainment.  National Geographic was so nice, they sent me a copy to watch here in my habitat.  The film was made by  Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers from Botswana, Africa.  The Jouberts  have been National Geographic explorers-in-residence for over four years.  Their body of work has produced five Emmy’s, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award, and induction into the American Academy of Achievement.  Filmmaking  is their way of bringing the message of conservation to  viewers, and I think they delivered with The Last Lions.

From the opening scene of the film you will be swept away by the beauty of Africa as the film takes you on a visual journey into some of the last remaining  wild areas for lions. The cinematography is breathtaking and mesmerizing to watch, as you listen to the story being narrated  by Jeremy Irons.

The  tale unfolds  in the wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta where a lone lioness  and her cubs must flee a raging fire and escape from an invading rival lion pride driven south by human encroachment from their home territory.  Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) must battle alone for her survival and for her cubs.  The lioness is forced to swim across a river full of crocodile to the remote Duba Island.

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