King of the jungle (or should we rather say the Savanna?). Lions are majestic creatures and captivate many with their fierce power, pride and thrilling roar. We might think that lions are abundant because we often find them in large prides when visiting national parks, but in the gripping documentary The Last Lions by award-winning Dereck and Beverly Joubert, they educate us on just how precious our beloved lions really are.
“From the lush wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta comes the suspense-filled tale of a determined lioness ready to try anything — and willing to risk everything — to keep her family alive. In the new wildlife adventure, The Last Lions, filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert follow the epic journey of a lioness named Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) as she battles to protect her cubs against a daunting onslaught of enemies in order to ensure their survival. The gripping real-life saga of Ma di Tau, her cubs, the buffalo, and the rival pride unfolds inside a stark reality: Lions are vanishing from the wild. In the last 50 years, lion populations have plummeted from 450,000 to as few as 20,000.”
To celebrate these magnificent predators, we have asked Gerhard Steenkamp to share with us a few of his favourite lion photographs and believe me, he delivered on those! For these, he used the Nikon D4 with a 600mm f/4 lens.