Project "With Lions Through Africa"

The most comprehensive Lion Documentary

The idea behind the project and the facts themselves made this necessary. Using pictures (two-part picture book), text (diary), multi-vision shows and films, we want to tell the stories of lion prides and their territories and environment in Africa.
This meant in the meanwhile 53 excursions to Africa since 1995, six months per year in the African bush, a total of nearly eight years on tour in Africa and thousands of pictures and impressions, as well as hundreds of hours film material.
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Introduction

I must admit that back then, when I wandered around for months as an accepted member of a wild cheetah's family on all fours through the vastness of the Serengeti in Africa, I found lions anything but great. Our encounters with the ”king” of the animals were often dramatic and sometimes the clearly stronger lions were able to snatch away the freshly hunted prey of the cheetahs despite my help. I was sometimes extremely furious with the lions.

However, those who love and document Africa as intensely as I do have to get along with the lions. This is why such wonderful photographs originated from the very outset. I ultimately made my way to a farm in Namibia. Within the scope of a lion protection project, different species of cats were living here in spacious enclosures. One day the farmer, a friend of mine, asked me whether I wanted to go for a walk in the bush with two of his almost full-grown lions. In a moment of high spirits which later turned to remorse, I agreed. "It’ll go all right," I said to myself before we were soon on our way. What could I say – these were two fascinating hours in which the lions really challenged me, yet gave me a greater understanding and many unique impressions in return. "You have collected so much great material about lions and spent so much time in their territories," as it struck me at the time. ”You should make more out of it," I decided. And this is when this gigantic project was born, which now brings me to Africa year after year for six months or more.
However, apart from the pure and sequential narrative of the stories about the lions’ prides, the project is based on much deeper motivation.
Once upon a time, lions were the most successful big cats on the planet. They lived everywhere from Peru to North America and even Alaska and Siberia, wider parts of Asia and Europe, as well as across nearly the entire African continent. Half a million years ago, lions still went hunting along the Rhine and Aristotle reported about the Balkan lions during antiquity. What has remained today? A main population of about 18,000 to 35,000 lions in Africa to the south of the Sahara, and a tiny population in India. These creatures do not really have good prospects. Nonetheless, we still also found some positive stories, which we documented within the scope of our project.
At the end of the day, the lions are an example and patron of environmental documentation. Africa is changing, and who could illustrate this better than the king of the animals.
We commiserate with the lions, we marvel along with them and experience moments that can only provide a picture, a story and a film in "personal union." I recall the time when a river returned after 24 years in the dry Kalahari or when we had searched for the lions for days on end in vain, only to find them lounging about at our tent camp with full bellies and a satisfied expression on their faces when we came back at night.
Ever since, a sort of loving relationship has evolved with the lions and it would be very dramatic for me if they were to one day become extinct. This love affair exists primarily because I personally became aware the lion is not just the enemy of the cheetahs or leopards, but that one cannot survive without the other in the long run. In this sense, all big cats have been given attention in this long-term project.

 

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Friedns and Partner

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Contact

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Impressum

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The Cheetahman-Film

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Multimedia

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Friedns and Partner

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Contact

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Impressum

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The Cheetahman-Film

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