"King of the Desert Lions" Premieres Wednesday, July 11 at 8 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
After spending nearly six years filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions, Smithsonian Channel is now bringing viewers the compelling narrative of their lives in Namibia’s extreme, searing terrain. This story, about one of the world’s most magnificent coalitions of five male lions, has not only touched the hearts of millions all over the world, it has even changed national law.
“It is quite exceptional for filmmakers to devote so many years of their life to follow any story, especially in such harsh conditions as a desert landscape,” said David Royle, chief programming officer, Smithsonian Channel. “This is one of those rare and important examples of a film that has made a significant contribution towards saving an endangered species.”
KING OF THE DESERT LIONS tells the incredible story of five male cubs – dubbed “the five musketeers” – who grow up on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and set out in search of their own desert kingdom. As formidable adolescents they cover vast distances, thriving as nomadic hunters and becoming the youngest pride males ever to rule Namib’s ancient desert realm. But they are beset by hardships, and when one brother decides to embark alone on a different path, it dramatically changes the course of his life forever.
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