PBS Nature: The Leopard Legacy and Life at the Waterhole on DVD

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The Leopard Legacy

A mighty leopardess rules over an area along Zambia’s Luangwa River. She has just given birth to two cubs and faces the challenging task of motherhood including feeding the cubs and defending her territory. In the process, one of the cubs is lost, but she forges on as a devoted mom to her other blue-eyed cub.

A confident and powerful leopardess called Olimba rules over an exceptionally large area along Zambia’s Luangwa River. She is a formidable hunter, a courageous ruler and a devoted mother. She has just given birth to two tiny cubs, and as she faces the challenging task of motherhood, it is a constant battle to hunt successfully, to defend her prime territory and to protect her cubs against enemies. One day, Olimba discovers a nomadic male leopard near her cubs, and without hesitation, she attacks him. He makes a lucky escape, but when Olimba returns to the den, one of her cubs is gone. As she comes to terms with her loss, Olimba forges on as a devoted mother and passes on all her knowledge to her blue-eyed boy, named Makumbi. When he is one year old and succeeds in hunting his own prey, Olimba must part ways with her son. Their final hostile encounter leaves the youngster vulnerable with a dreadful eye injury. Will his resilience and fighting spirit help him overcome this injury?

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Life at the Waterhole

In a ground-breaking natural history series, Dr. M. Sanjayan works with a wildlife reserve and local communities to build a unique African waterhole rigged with cameras.

Waterholes are vital to the African ecosystem; bustling oases where elephants, lions, leopards and hundreds of other species meet and compete for water. But little is known about how they support so much life. Now the Mwiba Wildlife Reserve and local communities in Tanzania are building the world’s first waterhole with a built-in specialized camera rig. With half-submerged and weather-proofed remote cameras, Dr. M. Sanjayan (EARTH: A New Wild) leads a team to uncover the complex dynamics of the waterhole for the very first time.

The cameras capture three dramatic periods: the middle of the dry season, the hottest time of year and the height of the first rains to gain unique insights into the lives of some of Africa’s most iconic animals. As warthogs, giraffes, monkeys and big cats all jostle for position at the new waterhole, the team uncovers the increasingly important role of water in Africa as its wildlife faces the growing impact of climate change.

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