July 2015 – The Namibian premiere of the highly anticipated documentary, “Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib”, will take place at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek on 17 July 2015, to an audience of 250 conservation leaders, dignitaries and nature enthusiasts. The international documentary, tracing the amazing story of survival of a small population of lion that lives in the arid conditions of the northern Namib Desert, was filmed in and around Wilderness Safaris’ Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Acclaimed wildlife filmmakers, Will and Lianne Steenkamp spent nearly two years filming this documentary, and the result is a fascinating hour-long film about an old lioness, her two daughters, and their five adolescent sons, known as the “Five Musketeers”. It also focuses on the efforts of Dr Flip Stander of Desert Lion Conservation, who has devoted his life to researching and protecting these rare and precious animals.
“We are very proud to have been able to support the creation of this extraordinary documentary by offering access to some of the remote areas around our camp where these lion can be found. This, together with the initial funding and continued support of Dr Flip Stander’s Desert Lion Conservation project through the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, is a strong statement of our company’s support and commitment, not only to these projects, but also to the conservation efforts in Namibia”, says Mike Wassung, CEO of Wilderness Safaris Namibia.
“We are certain that this film will not only create important awareness around these fascinating animals, but also increased tourism demand for Namibia as a result of the country’s incredible landscapes and unique wildlife offering”, he adds.
The film has been translated into three languages – English, German and Damara – and will be taken on a roadshow to the communities of the Kunene region who share their land with the lions. It will be screened at outdoor venues in Bergsig, Sesfontein and Puros in association with local communal conservancies, the NGO Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation and Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness. Internationally, the documentary will be broadcast by ORF in Austria, the Smithsonian Channel in the USA and ARTE in Germany and France.
Wilderness Safaris guests visiting Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp have the opportunity to interact with researchers when they are in camp, not only on topics relating to desert-adapted lion, but also the area’s brown hyaena population and the various other arid-adapted species found in the region. These researchers have also assisted Wilderness in the creation of lion sighting protocols to ensure minimal disturbance to these sensitive animals.
Click here to view the Vanishing Kings trailer.