To Hunt with Lions: A 12-year journey into the untamed heart of the Kruger National Park

Now available on Amazon

Now available on Amazon

A true story of family, filmmaking, and becoming one with the African wilderness from,
the author of the multiple award-winning television series Saving Sirga: Into the Heart
of a lion, and I Am Lion: Into the mind of a lion, a film exploring consciousness in lions.

The hairs on the back of my neck rise. The birds have gone silent. I look up at the bonsai-
shaped rain tree on the riverbank. He is there, crouched on a thick horizontal branch. He
feels my presence as I feel his, and he is looking at me, eyes intent, one with the shadows
and the light. He is liquid grace, quintessential life, beautiful death, all distilled into one
unwavering, yellow stare. For one eternal moment, we stare at one another. A ray of sunlight
touches my face, I blink, and he is gone. Moments later, the birds restart their conversations.
Only then do I think to warn the children.
‘Stay inside the tent.’ There is a leopard in camp.

For six years after leaving a successful career in film and television, I lived the life of a
nomadic documentary filmmaker in the wilds of southern Africa with my partner filmmaker Jürgen Jozefowicz. Then a chance-meeting in the Okavango Delta led us to the Kruger National Park. We were invited to make a film to help prevent the de-proclamation of the northern part of the Park for coal mining.

The two years we lived and worked in solitude and reflection in a remote camp on the Luvuvhu River opened my eyes to the mysteries of nature and the inter-connectedness of all living things.

Experience the music of the first rains, and the scent of wild herbs and fresh elephant dung. Explore crocodile hunting strategies, rhino community law, and the secret lives of elephant tuskers. Live and hunt with a wild lion pride, and share a lionesses’ journey from mating to motherhood.

Sometimes harrowing, often funny, this is a true story of family life in the wilderness, the ups and downs of independent wildlife filmmaking in a world ruled by red tape, and human and animal resilience, growth and survival against all odds.

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Wildlife Films and Animal Consciousness

Time is running out

At the end of October 2018, The World Wildlife Fund announced in a press conference that more than 60% of all wild species on earth were lost over the past 40 years. Most of those losses were caused by “overexploitation and agriculture, both linked to continually increasing human consumption.” 

It’s not going to get better. In Africa alone the human population is set to double in the next 30 years. Conflict between humans and wildlife is bound to increase.

At the present rate of extinction most wild species on earth will disappear in the next thirty to fifty years, before most of us ever know or understand that other species are conscious beings with the right to life and freedom of movement.

Pleading ignorance is no longer an option.

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Susan Boshcoff of Moxyplanet, Toronto, Canada makes Fraudulent Claims on Linked In Profile.

Susan Boshcoff, Former VP Global Acquisitions & Co-Productions at Looking Glass International, Melbourne, Australia

It has come to our attention that Ms Boshcoff falsely claims credit as ‘Writer’, ‘Researcher’ and ‘Story Editor’ as well as ‘Consultant on Episodic Structure’ on the award winning SAVING SIRGA; Journey into the Heart of a Lion series in an effort to promote herself. The series was produced by Tauana Films (Pty) Ltd Botswana, a reputable and long-standing producer of factual content to the international television industry. Continue reading

Filming Saving Sirga: Journey into the Heart of a Lion – Director of Photography Perspective

From a filming perspective.

Humans have always been fascinated by lions. In our minds they are brave and free and represent a nobility of spirit we crave.

In the 1960’s George and Joy Adamson’s friendship with Elsa the lioness became a Global phenomenon, and more recently the story of the two young men who bought a lion cub called Christian in Harrods, raised it and then returned it to the wild , captured the imagination of television audiences world-wide. Both cases supported the idea that lions are individuals capable of forming close relationships with humans.  Continue reading