The Last Lions: A few words with Dereck Joubert

Wildlife documentaries are not in short supply. In addition to long-running weekly programs like Nature on PBS and major television events such as the BBC’s Life, there are now entire channels devoted to showcasing seemingly endless playlists of films about the natural world. In this flood of footage, top-quality wildlife films can be hard to find.

While skimming through the channels one night several years ago, I cam across an utterly arresting image. A lioness, chest-deep in water, charged towards some unseen target. I had never seen anything like it before. I sat there, transfixed, as she and other lions tried to make a living in the unusual landscape of Botswana’s

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