Watch the first episode of Lion Country this Sunday on ITV – filmed at and around Lion Camp
This brand new ITV documentary series offers a ground-breaking and intimate insight into the lives of two lion families in the Zambian bush.
Lions are the world’s most social cats and their family dramas rival anything seen in a TV soap. This series follows two lion prides in extraordinary detail, following them night and day for six months in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, one of Africa’s last great wildernesses.
Young cub Pip’s adventurous nature soon gets him into trouble as he wanders away from the pride. A lost, lonely young lion is easy prey for prowling leopards and hyenas. Meanwhile Pip’s cousins Ziggy and Prince have troubles of their own. They’ve survived an attack from a rival male lion, but now their mum Rosa is trying to re-join her pride. Ziggy and Prince’s new step-dads are far from happy.
Following all the drama is a specialist camera team, camped deep in lion territory. They soon realise that they’re a little too close to the action when lions wander into their camp, forcing them to retreat to their tents.
The team’s base in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is one of the world’s last remaining refuges for lions. Over the last 20 years, the world’s lion population has decreased by 40% and the cubs in Zambia represent one of the last hopes for this endangered species.