A Talk and Screening on The King of the Jungle in the Desert

Why We Recommend it

Two animal conservationists will give talks followed by a screening of Vanishing Kings II – Desert Lion Legacy, a moving documentary that tells the story and struggles of lion cubs that were born in the Namib desert.


Between 2011 and 2015, South African wildlife filmmakers Will and Lianne Steenkamp joined forces with scientist Dr. Philip Stander to produce an in-depth behavioural wildlife film about the desert lions of Namibia. The filmmakers spent over two years in the field following three lionesses who gave birth to a cohort of five male cubs. The result is a captivating tale of survival and a journey to adulthood, which continues in the 2018 sequel Vanishing Kings II – Desert Lion Legacy. This film tells the story of the last surviving cub and its guardian, Dr. Philip Stander.

In this event presented by The Royal Geographic Society, Dr. Stander will speak on his involvement with the lions shown in the film and the 15 years he spent studying desert lions.

Also present at the screening is researcher Emsie Verwey, who will speak on her research on desert hyaenas; focusing on her work in collecting data for the Brown Hyaena Project as well as the Desert Lion Project.


When: 31 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 Where: UBS, 52/F, Two International Finance Centre – 8 Finance Street – Central