The Kruger National Park is home to one of the largest pride of lions in Africa. This real life soap opera tells the story of how the 26-strong community interact.
In the Kruger National Park there is a hunting force that rivals anything else in Africa: a lion pride, 26 members strong! Despite the females’ hunting prowess, nine adolescent males dominate every kill. Bigger and stronger, they bully their way to the best spots on the carcass. The pride’s two powerful males could easily enforce discipline, but with them away on patrol, the unruly youngsters are running riot. When eight strong lionesses split from the megapride, food pressure mounts as the remaining females struggle to cater to their sons’ growing demands. Unfocused, uncoordinated and ineffective hunters, the youngsters offer little support to ease the strain. When a lioness is severely injured during a hippo hunt, the adult females call to the pride males for help. The males' visits may be infrequent but as the head of the family it’s their duty to protect the females and respond if help is needed. During a heated food fight, they drive three juveniles from the pride forever. A new attitude grips the remaining youngsters; they begin to help on the hunts and succeed in bringing down prey. As time marches on, pride dynamics change again. New cubs are welcomed into the family and the pride males return home. This is The Lion Army.