The Last Lions

The Last Lions

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A symbol of mythic potency, the African lion has ruled the human imagination for millennia. But in Botswana's Okavango Delta, the world's most awe-inspiring hunters are challenged not only by their waterlogged territory, but also by their formidable prey—the buffalo—who wield their massive horns with deadly accuracy. Pulsing with ancient rhythms of wild Africa, this harsh and eternal struggle is compelling, powerful, and poignant. Award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Beverly and Dereck Joubert, give us an unforgettable glimpse of this iconic drama in the official companion book to their feature film, The Last Lions, and warn that due to declining numbers of lions in the wild, it may soon end forever.
In fascinating text and breathtaking images, the Jouberts reveal both the beauty and danger of the Okavango Delta and its inhabitants. We follow a lone lioness, Ma di Tau—Mother of Lions—and three newborns as they flee a ferocious rival pride. Braving the Delta, despite their instinctive hatred of water, the lioness and her cubs head for an island lost in a labyrinth of streams. She and two cubs escape successfully; a lurking crocodile snatches the third.
Soon, their refuge is invaded by a vast buffalo herd—aggressive, unafraid, a constant threat, yet the lions' only prey. But even as Ma di Tau hones her tactics and stalking skills, she is trapped between throngs of buffalo and a rival lion pride. So she does what all of her kind must—adapt or die.
The Last Lions is a story of family and hope in a world of wild beauty and relentless predation that is a superbly photographed, sharply detailed intimate portrait of one dauntless mother struggling to protect her young and preserve her bloodline. It is a vivid, universal vision of the fate of lions everywhere, isolated on tiny islands amid a sea of humanity. Can we rescue them, or have we already, heedlessly, met the last lions?
For decades the Jouberts have lived among great cats in the wild, observing, documenting, and often discovering unsuspected facets of lion behavior. A key message is that the inexorably rising tide of human population will soon drown what remains of that world unless we act now. The book draws attention to the numbers (500,000 in the 1950s to only 25,000 lions today) and highlights projects that have been enacted to help preserve wilderness for lion habitat.

Baker & Taylor
A photo-driven book that draws attention to the plight of African lions follows a determined lioness and her cubs on their journey of survival, in a companion book to the feature film of the same name. Original. Movie tie-in.

Book News
In this revision of Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalos (2006), these filmmakers/National Geographic explorers-in-residence showcase the struggle of these iconic animals in Botswana's Okavango Delta, between each other and for survival of the species in the case of lions. The dramatically-photographed book, the official companion to the film of the same title, begins with a foreword by the President of Botswana and concludes with conservation tips from the Jouberts' National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Depicts the lions of Botswana's Okavango Delta as they engage in an ageless rhythm of life and death with their prey, the dangerous and aggressive African buffalo.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2011
ISBN: 9781426207792
Branch Call Number: 599.757 J822L
Characteristics: 175 p. : col. ill. ; 19 x 28 cm


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Oct 03, 2017

This was a good book. The photos are fantastic as they show the lions going after the buffalo and the lion cubs are cute too. If you like nature! You must borrow the DVD that is the same as the book.


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