The final episode of Lion Country: Night and Day is this Sunday from 20:00 on ITV / STV.
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.
It’s now heading towards the rains, and for young cubs Prince and Ziggy it seems that they may finally have a chance of surviving this perilous and eventful season; against all odds they’ve been accepted into the pride by their step-fathers. But a jealous aunt takes exception to their presence in the most brutal way, and the brothers face tragedy.
The Hollywood pride battle to keep their tiny new cubs safe, as rogue males invade their territory.
With time running out for our cubs, will they survive the most dangerous year of their lives?
Following all the drama is a specialist camera team, embedded deep in lion territory.
They must cope with lions patrolling their camp, and 45°C heat as they live every moment with the cubs.
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.
The clip shows the Hollywood cubs, who have been in hiding with their mum since they were born six weeks ago. This is the moment they meet the rest of the Hollywood Pride for the first time.
Footage copyright: Plimsoll Productions / ITV.
Tune into Lion Country: Night and Day from 20:00 on ITV / STV.