NATURE: The Desert Lions
Airs Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The world's most extraordinary population of lions lives in the Namib Desert on Africa's wild and forbidding Skeleton Coast.
Philip Stander, a Namibian carnivore specialist, first spotted these desert lions in the mid-1980s, watching in disbelief as a lioness killed a fur seal in the waves and dragged it five miles inland to feed her cubs. Before he had a chance to study them further, they disappeared. Stander became obsessed with their fate and their story.
Twenty years later, the lions reappeared, giving him a second chance to unravel their secrets. The lions, and Stander’s efforts to understand their secrets, are featured in "Nature: The Desert Lions."