Dogs In The Land Of Lions
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In the mist-shrouded hilltops of Zimbabwe’s Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Puzzles and Jigsaw are attempting to raise a family without the help of ‘the pack’ – a course fraught with dangers for these rare Wild dogs.
But against the odds, with extraordinary vigilance and care, the pair manage to keep their offspring alive. By winter Puzzles is pregnant again.
In need of better shelter the young family move to a hilltop cave where Puzzles soon gives birth to her second litter. Jigsaw must now hunt for everyone.
Jigsaw is a good provider. His daily forays into the forests below deliver enough food to satisfy the family. But lions are also on the prowl. They have Jigsaw in their sights.
One afternoon Jigsaw fails to return, leaving Puzzles to raise more than a dozen young all by herself. But she is still unable to leave her newest cubs. The only course of action is to send the older dogs out to hunt. The risks are great. They are inexperienced teenagers, without adult supervision they may lose concentration, lose their prey and perhaps even their lives – to the lions.
They hunt for more than their family’s survival. Only 700 breeding pairs of Wild Dogs remain in the world. Failure is not an option.
A co-production of Terra Mater Factual Studios, Hat Creek Productions, Mavela Media and Thirteen Productions for WNET