Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Last Lions: A Lion's Story (Video) *Population drops from 450K to 20K in 50 years*


Lioness "Ma di Tau" (Mother of Lions) with Cubs
Panthera leo: subspecies bleyenberghi, the Southwest African or Katanga Lion

The Last Lions: A Lion's Story

A mother lion, as a member of a plummeting lion population, encounters a harsh environment, a shrinking habitat, and enemies (including crocodiles, buffalo, and other lions), in her attempt to raise her family of cubs. The National Geographic film, The Last Lions, by Beverly and Dereck Joubert, chronicles the real-life struggle by Ma di Tau (Mother of Lions) to raise her family. The movie was filmed in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

“We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats,” says Dereck Joubert. “They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe. If there was ever a time to take action, it is now.”

National Geographic From the lush wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta comes the suspense-filled tale of a determined lioness ready to try anything - and willing to risk everything - to keep her family alive. In the new wildlife adventure, The Last Lions, filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert follow the epic journey of a lioness named Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) as she battles to protect her cubs against a daunting onslaught of enemies in order to ensure their survival.

Cub of Ma di Tau (Mother of Lions)

Filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert: The Last Lions
"We are like proud pride members in many ways, embedded so deeply into the Tsaro pride, the life of Ma di Tau, and Duba island, that sitting near lions feels like the only home we have." - The Jouberts

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