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Lion Country: Night and Day

  • Episode: 

    2 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 12 Feb 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 07 2017 : Sat 11 Feb - Fri 17 Feb
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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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, tracking them night and day for six months in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia; one of Africa’s last great wildernesses.
 
The prides have overlapping territories; which means the action and events in one lion family unavoidably ends up affecting the other.
 
The discovery that ‘Ava’, one of the dwindling Hollywood Pride, has a litter of new-born cubs hidden away is great news. However, the trio of ‘Punk’ Males that lead the neighbouring pride are expanding Hollywood territory, putting the cubs in immense danger. 
 
Growing fast, one of the ‘Punk’s own cubs ‘Grace’, passes a major developmental milestone, but it comes with a harsh lesson in lion etiquette. Stuck between the two prides; a lost orphaned elephant needs to reconnect with its family if it’s to survive. And, out of the blue, two big, dominant males return to their former kingdom.
 
Embedded in the heart of lion territory the specialist camera team follows the action; day and night. Their 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. 
 
Produced by Plimsoll Productions for ITV.