white lions: born wild

programme information


2 x 60' or 1 x 90'

Production Company

Produced by Table Mountain Films, Obsessively Creative and Terra Mater Factual Studios in co-production with Thirteen WNET/New York in association with the DTI South Africa





Episode Information

This is the story of two remarkable – and extremely rare – wild white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood. Both are female, sisters born as white as snow in May 2009 in South Africa’s Kruger Park. Growing up in this vast, wild wilderness they must not only overcome the same survival challenges that all young lion cubs face, they must also overcome the threats their high visibility brings. In the African bush, anything unusual stands out and is often eliminated by eagle-eyed predators. Will our cubs survive? The odds are stacked against them – 80 per cent of all newborn lion cubs don’t make it to adulthood. ‘White Lions – Born Wild’ is a true wildlife story, with strong characters and closely studied behaviour. We follow the cubs’ progress as they embark on the pathway to adulthood, learning to hunt, learning to avoid danger, learning to live in their white coats. This is a strong behaviour-led film, a coming-of-age story of a very rare and unusual pair of lions. Through their eyes we learn what it is really like to be a lion in Africa.

Episode Titles

Against All Odds Fight for Survival

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