After spending nearly six years filming a remarkable pride of endangered desert lions, Smithsonian Channel is now bringing viewers the compelling narrative of their lives in Namibia’s extreme, searing terrain.
This story, about one of the world’s most magnificent coalitions of five male lions, has not only touched the hearts of millions all over the world, it has even changed national law. KING OF THE DESERT LIONS premieres on Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Will and Lianne Steenkamp’s first film for the Smithsonian Channel about these endangered lions, “Desert Warriors: Lions of the Namib,” received an Emmy Nomination for cinematography, and earlier this year it was recognized with a top award at the prestigious Big Cat Film Festival at the United Nations.
KING OF THE DESERT LIONS
Meet the “Five Musketeers,” five inseparable lion brothers raised in the ancient Namib Desert. When they eventually become independent from their mothers, they venture into the desert in search of their own kingdom–a journey fraught with treacherous terrain and conflict. Follow a remarkable desert coalition and see how one lion, despite hardship and loss, attempts to keep the legacy of the musketeers alive.
KING OF THE DESERT LIONS is produced by Intonature Productions, Boksdocs and Interspot Film for Smithsonian Channel, ORF and ARTE. Will and Lianne Steenkamp produced and directed for Intonature Productions.
Executive producer for Boksdocs is Marjolein Duermeijer. Executive producer for Interspot Film is Nikolaus Klingohr. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are Joy Galane and David Royle.