Lionsrock – Return of the King

ORF-E | 2014
1 x 52 mins

In South Africa a unique wildlife reserve was established around Lionsrock with the aim of returning lions to the land of their ancestors. Most are refugees from rundown European zoos or circuses, removed to dilapidated holding pens like the Pantera big cats’ asylum in the Netherlands. From here a rescued lion family are sedated and air-freighted to a pristine savanna landscape, where they can at last be released into their natural environment. This heartwarming and joyful portrait of Lionsrock with its dedicated team also features ostriches, weaver birds, ground squirrels and other African wildlife, sharing the habitat where the lions’ ancestors thrived. And for the first time on TV this film shows lion dentistry – root canal treatment on Kongo, a majestic male!

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