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Saving Sirga - Journey Into the Heart of a Lion

Season 1
A ground-breaking story of friendship, commitment, loyalty and perseverance, which takes the relationship between humans and lions to a whole new level.
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  1. S1 E1 - Dead Lion Walking
    January 31, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Establishes the setting, the bond between Val and Sirga and the back story of human/predator conflict. It starts with Sirga as a small cub, Willie the lion hunter's confession and rogue lions feasting on cattle. It establishes the captive rogue lions, what it takes to feed and look after them.
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  2. S1 E2 - The Deadly Season
    January 31, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Narrows the focus down to Val and Sirga and Grasslands. Val and Sirga go out on a hunt. Sirga chases kudu , plays with a small tortoise and learns about the dangers Oryx horns pose to a young lioness. Val goes with Willie to take an Oryx to an isolated San settlement in the no-man's-land between the farms and the Central Kalahari game Reserve.
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  3. S1 E3 - The Desert Lives
    January 31, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Dramatic changes in the rainy season transforms the Kalahari and exposes Sirga's vulnerability when it comes to hunting antelope that are strong and well-nourished. It follows the emergence, mating and pro-creation of African Bull frogs a seasonal phenomenon, and Sirga's unique encounter with African Bull Frogs on a pan.
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  4. S1 E4 - Uncertain Times
    January 31, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Highlights the vulnerability of captive-bred predators in the Kalahari. Val and Sirga go hunting. They swim in a seasonal pan and encounter a puff adder, lizards and a large tortoise, Val gives the orphaned wild dog puppies their first rabies vaccination. Sirga is learning to hunt. She chases wildebeest and takes down a hartebeest. Val visits Two weeks after the hartebeest kill Sirga falls ill.
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  5. S1 E5 - Death of a Lion
    January 31, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    Explores whether capturing lions is better than shooting them. Large predators are hardwired to live, fight and die on their own terms and it takes constant vigilance to keep them safe in captivity. Captivity might be better than death, but it isn't a long-term solution either.
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  6. S1 E6 - Sirga the Huntress
    January 31, 2019
    52min
    TV-PG
    The end of the next dry season brings the series strands together. Sirga chases eland. Three male lions are moved into an electrified enclosure. A scientist comes to take samples of maggots that are found in the slaughtered wildebeest's horns. Val moves a one-eyed lion into another enclosure. On a morning hunt Sirga chases down a wildebeest calf.
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Directors
Michael Jozefowicz
Studio
Indigenius
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