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Documentary: Africa’s Super Seven (Video)

info-pictogram1 In Africa anything can take place in a short period of time, particularly when seven of its most beautiful wild animals confront each other. These are seven glorious animals who exceed all others. Seven characters who govern the African wilderness. Over 24 hours, from day to night, the activity never halts. The cheetah is the unbeaten racer, able to hunt even the most agile prey. But can she educate her cubs how to chase the prey for themselves today? Or will the hyena rob them?

She’s an ingenious vacillator, with offspring too, and will do whatever it takes to feed them and keep them alive. The lion is not just the greatest of Africa’s cats – it’s also a collaborator. And tonight, the group is on the hunt. The buffalo will have to be very careful. But this quiet vegan has an ungenerous attitude towards cats and moves in a big herd… a strength to be looked upon.

The rhino also has terrifying competence, but her poor eyesight and an anxious temperament means she’s the wild card of the super seven. But nothing is more hazardous than a capricious elephant, especially a young one with too much vigor and not enough sensibility. And then there’s the leopard – the master of secrecy. He lives in the darkness and is always ready to attack with surprise. Seven super beasts, one place, one single day. There’s no better place to follow these animals than in south Africa’s Mala-Mala Game Reserve… a very large area of wilderness, abundant with wildlife.

And through it all runs another fascinating feature – the sand river, where this story begins. It’s mid-afternoon and for the animals, this is the real start of an African day. They’re coming out from their dark retreats to make use of the remaining daylight. Here you must be ready for anything. No two days are ever the same.
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Warthog and a lion in combat (IMAGE)

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Lion Facts (IMAGE)

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  • Lions are the second largest big cat species in the world (behind tigers).

  • The average male lion weighs around 180 kg (400 lb) while the average female lion weighs around 130 kg (290 lb).

  • The heaviest lion on record weighed an amazing 375 kg (826 lb).

  • Lions can reach speeds of up to 81 kph (50 mph) but only in short bursts because of a lack of stamina.

  • The roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometers (5.0 miles) away.

  • Most lions found in the wild live in southern and eastern parts of Africa.

  • Lions are very social compared to other cat species, often living in prides that feature females, offspring and a few adult males.

  • Male lions are easy to recognize thanks to their distinctive manes. Males with darker manes are more likely to attract female lions (lionesses).

  • Lions in the wild live for around 12 years.

  • When lions breed with tigers the resulting hybrids are known as ligers and tigons. There are also lion and leopard hybrids known as leopons and lion and jaguar hybrids known as jaglions.

  • Lionesses are better hunters than males and do most of the hunting for a pride.

  • In the wild, lions rest for around 20 hours a day.

Lioness helping her cub with its first steps. (IMAGE)

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What zoos should look like (IMAGE)

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