Lion Country, Series 1
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A Born Free for our times, Lion Country follows the exciting work of conservationist David Youldon. Based at Antelope Park, a 3,000-acre game reserve in Zimbabwe, David and his assistants prepare captive-bred lions for release into the wild. During the series we get to know members of the park team and their feline pupils. Assuming the position of alpha male, David teaches his lions the essential hunting skills of stalking, attacking and killing. When their training is complete, they are set free in a massive 5,000-acre managed ecosystem. Have the lions learnt enough to survive in this dangerous environment?
|1||VideoEpisode 1||A new documentary series which looks at how Englishman David Youldon is trying to stop the decline in numbers of wild African lions. Over the past 50 years their numbers have declined by as much as 80 percent. David and his colleagues at the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust run a controversial programme in which captive lions are encouraged to develop their natural skills and live independently in the wild. In the first episode, two 5-month old cubs begin the walking out process - a first step to developing their hunting skills.||22:47||£1.19||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2||Documentary series charting how Englishman David Youldon is trying to stop the decline in numbers of wild African lions. Today, David and the team oversee a potentially dangerous introduction when Sango, a two-year-old male, is introduced to brothers Echo and Etosha who, being six months older than the newcomer, are bigger and stronger than him. The team wait nervously to see how the lions interact. Plus, 18-month-old adolescents Bhubesi and Batoka enter the reserve in the middle of the night.||22:46||£1.19||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3||David Youldon is an Englishman with a passion for lions and a determination to stem their decline before it is too late. Numbers of wild African lions have dropped by as much as 80 percent in the last 50 years and David and his colleagues at the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust are among those fighting to halt the process. In this programme, David takes three lionesses on their first night hunt. They must learn to work together - if they do not hunt as a team they will not survive.||22:31||£1.19||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode 4||Documentary series following David Youldon and his colleagues at the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust. In the fight to reverse the rapid decline in the lion population, the trust runs a controversial programme in which captive lions are encouraged to develop their natural abilities so that they can live independently and their cubs can be released into the wild. David says goodbye to Jabari and Jelani, two six-month-old cubs he has been walking. And tensions run high when adult male Luke is introduced to three females.||22:38||£1.19||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode 5||Documentary series following the work of Englishman David Youldon with the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust. In this episode, David introduces his favourite lion, four-year-old Phyre. She was the first lion he hand-reared, and they share a close bond. Later, David travels 300 miles to the Dambwa Forest in Zambia, home to one of the programme's other sites. He meets 13-month-old Leya, who has strong predatory instincts, and her lazy brother, who would rather sit than hunt.||22:45||£1.19||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoEpisode 6||David Youldon is an Englishman with a passion for lions and a determination to stem their decline in numbers before it is too late. David and his colleagues run a controversial rehabilitation programme at the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust. In this edition, Kela - the alpha female of the Zambian pride - Kwandi and Loma come face to face with two buffalo and risk their lives in a breathtaking chase. And 13-month-old sisters Temi and Tswana go in search of smaller prey.||22:40||£1.19||View In iTunes|