Season 24, Episode 12 The Vanishing Lions

First Aired: April 30, 2006

A look at the challenges facing Africa's lion population, which has dropped from an estimated 100,000 in the early 1990s to about 30,000 today, as well as efforts to reverse that trend. Included: the Lion Sperm Bank, which uses artificial insemination to introduce genetic diversity into isolated prides; and Il Ngwesi, a Masai-run tourist stop that showcases lions and other animals in their natural habitats. Also: comments from big-cat experts, conservation officials and Masai herdsmen.

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  • Premiered: October 10, 1982
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's signature (and multi-award-winning) natural-history series uses gifted wildlife documentarians and stunning photography to reveal what its first host, Donald Johanson, called `the magic and mystery of the fascinating natural world.' The series has ga… (more)

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