Poachers Target Rescued Circus Lions in Worrying New Trend loading...
Poachers Target Rescued Circus Lions in Worrying New Trend
At least 20 captive lions in a single province of South Africa have been killed or attacked by poachers so far this year.
Should We Kill Animals to Save Them? loading...
Should We Kill Animals to Save Them?
Trophy hunting fees help fund conservation. Critics say the benefits are exaggerated and that killing big game animals is wrong.
Saving The King Of The Jungle With Ben Britton loading...
Saving The King Of The Jungle With Ben Britton
For World Lion Day this year, National Geographic interviews presenter and conservationist Ben Britton on the complexities, risks and behaviours of Africa’s greatest predator.
Watch: This Is What Happens When a Lion Steals a GoPro loading...
Watch: This Is What Happens When a Lion Steals a GoPro
Straight from the lion’s mouth: a planted camera gives us a toothy perspective on Africa’s biggest cat.
10 Haunting Pictures of Wild Animals at Night loading...
10 Haunting Pictures of Wild Animals at Night
A hidden camera sees animals on the move at night in a way the human eye cannot.
Raised to Kill Lions, This Kenyan Warrior Now Saves Them loading...
Raised to Kill Lions, This Kenyan Warrior Now Saves Them
"Any time I lose a lion, it's like losing a member of my family," says Jeneria Lekilelei of the Samburu tribe.
Rare Black-Maned Ethiopian Lion Caught on Video loading...
Rare Black-Maned Ethiopian Lion Caught on Video
A National Geographic explorer spotted the adult male on a recent expedition to Bale Mountains National Park.
5 Ways Your Tabby Is Just Like Big Cats in the Wild loading...
5 Ways Your Tabby Is Just Like Big Cats in the Wild
Our house cats have gone a long way from their big cousins—or have they?
Fluffy Lion Cubs Grace Taronga’s Western Plains loading...
Fluffy Lion Cubs Grace Taronga’s Western Plains
The four young African lion cubs at Taronga have started venturing out of their den.
Asia's Lions Live in One Last Place on Earth—and They're Thriving loading...
Asia's Lions Live in One Last Place on Earth—and They're Thriving
While Asiatic big cats are rare, their spiritual importance helped inspire their human neighbors to keep them safe.
Rare White Lion Cub Born at Zoo loading...
Rare White Lion Cub Born at Zoo
The cub's parents have normal coloring, suggesting the rare coat arose from a recessive gene.
See Young Lion Yank Tranquilizer Dart out of Lioness loading...
See Young Lion Yank Tranquilizer Dart out of Lioness
Was this heroic behavior or merely cat curiosity? A big cat expert explains.
About the Show

Every year in Tanzania, the dry season hits the Ruaha reserve hard. To survive, animal populations come down from the high plateaus to reach the Ruaha river, where a troupe of lionesses waits patiently, poised for combat. But this year, the lionesses see an army of some 1,500 buffalo arrive. Powerful and battle-hardened, many of the males are prepared to charge the lionesses, and once on the banks, they launch fierce counterattacks. The lionesses of Ruaha, who used to reign supreme over the river, now have to share their territory. Driven away by the buffalo, harassed by elephants, they can no longer to hunt and no longer even have access to the water. To protect their pride, they will have to invent new hunting strategies, and put up a fierce fight for their survival.

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