Africa's Hunters – Graphic New Streaming Smithsonian Earth Series Follows Wildlife in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Africa’s Hunters from Smithsonian Earth invites viewers into this world-renowned wildlife haven to witness the around-the-clock challenges for survival of some of Africa’s fiercest predators often manifesting into stolen kills, intimidation and even cub snatching.

Streaming exclusively on Smithsonian Earth, viewers are in for a treat with the use of unprecedented military grade night vision brings viewers inside the secret nocturnal world in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, where lions, leopards and hyenas roam the national park’s vast untouched wilderness, living in constant competition for their next meal.

The series, shot in 4K, goes beyond the kills, offering an extraordinary glimpse into the family dramas of these wild animals as they build allegiances, fight for family, suffer the loss of offspring and search for mates. 

New episodes of AFRICA’S HUNTERS will premiere on Smithsonian Earth each Friday, starting today, March 31. Smithsonian Earth is available on Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, and at SmithsonianEarthTV.com.

Using rare state-of-the-art, military-grade thermal cameras, AFRICA’S HUNTERS tracks every movement of wildlife in Luangwa National Park, through the long, harsh dry seasons, when prey are easy pickings, and the washed-out wet seasons that blanket the valley in green.

This is a predator’s world, home to multiple prides of rival lions and the highest density of leopards in the world. Stationed on location for two years, using cameras equipped with long lenses and no lights, the team can virtually go unnoticed, giving viewers an authentic look into the natural activities of Africa’s iconic predators.

These practiced hunters are filmed 24/7 as they search for their next meal and struggle to raise their young. New technology allows the filmmakers to document rarely seen behaviors as the carnivores stalk their prey, fight for their territory, and intimidate their rivals in the battleground that is Luangwa Valley. 

Smithsonian Earths Presents, JAGO: A LIFE UNDERWATER, the Story Of 80-Year-Old Bajau Fisherman



The premiere episode, AFRICA’S HUNTERS: THE HUNGRY LEOPARD, follows the journey of Kamuti who, at 13, is one of the oldest leopards in Africa.

Old age brings many challenges, including hunting antelope and keeping a watchful eye on the lion pride nearby. With new technology and producers camped in close proximity for months at a time, the veil is lifted on the secret world of this enigmatic nocturnal predator for the first time, highlighting her search for prey and her powers of protection.

The episode will stream for free online at https://smithsonianearthtv.com/programs/africas-hunters/.

Subsequent episodes of AFRICA’S HUNTERS are:

A LEOPARD’S LAST STAND
Premieres Friday, April 7
For 10 years, Kamuti the leopard has reigned supreme over her corner of Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. She’s defended her territory, hunted antelope for food, and even kept the nearby pride of lions at bay, but a younger leopard is determined to replace her. Can she survive one more challenge, or will this be her last stand?

BOUND BY BLOOD
Premieres Friday, April 14
Three powerful and aggressive lions have their sights set on the Nsefu pride. They intend to oust the males, kill the cubs and take over the females. If the pride has any chance of staying together and saving its cubs from certain death, it will have to rely on the ancient bonds: family and blood.

THE MISFIT
Premieres Friday, April 21
A 3-month old lion cub becomes separated from his pride and has to face the nighttime terrors of the African bush alone. From cub-hungry predators and dehydration, to rival lions instinctively primed to kill, can this intrepid little misfit find his way back to safety?

TEENAGE PRIDE
Premieres Friday, April 28
The Nsefu pride of Zambia is in an enviable position: new cubs, the best territory on the Luangwa River and strong males to protect them. But as the cubs grow into teenagers, the stakes are raised as they begin to learn their roles’ where every mistake can threaten the very existence of their family.

SURVIVORS OF THE PLAINS
Premieres Friday, May 5
In hyena society, the females call the shots, and they’re the ones charged with making difficult decisions. When drought pushes a spotted hyena clan to the brink of starvation, the matriarch has a call to make. Should the clan stay near the den and wait for rain, or set out in search of a nourishing kill?

AFRICA’S HUNTERS is executive produced by James Smith and Martha Holmes of Plimsoll Productions. Tria Thalman and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Earth.

Smithsonian Earth is a subscription streaming video service specializing in original nature and wildlife programming shot in stunning 4K Ultra HD resolution that’s available through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, and at SmithsonianEarthTV.com.

Smithsonian Networks(TM) is a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Networks operates Smithsonian Earth, through SN Digital LLC. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel, the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. To learn more, go to www.smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook//twitter.com/@SmithsonianChan, and Instagram

Haute Tease

  • Suicide Squad Review - The Most Diverse Superhero Cast Yet

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The much anticipated "Suicide Squad," a villainous take on the classic superhero movie, opens in theaters on August 5th. Despite some early negative reviews, the third film in the DC Extended Universe franchise is still poised to open at around $140 million and has already broken Fandango's pre-sale ticket record for August.  

  • Alpine High School Active Shooter Story Unfolds Differently; Officer Involved Shooting Wounds One

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A freshman girl in West Texas committed suicide with a single self-inflicted gunshot this week after wounding a fellow female student at Alpine High School after the directed incident escalated resulting in an officer involved shooting of a fellow first responder.

     
  • Updated: Deadly New York City Apartment Fire Caused by Child; Kills 12, Including Four Children

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A toddler playing with a stove has been determined to have caused the fatal Bronx fire that killed twelve, including four children, and left four others in critical condition in the worst New York City fire in twenty-five years.

     
  • North Dakota Pipeline Dissidents Michael Foster, Sam Jessup Convicted

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    After Judge Refused to Allow Climate Change Experts To Testify In Their Defense, Climate Activists Michael Foster and Sam Jessup Are Convicted on Felony Charges in North Dakota Court for Shutting Off the Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline.

     
  • Monkey King San Diego Review - Unique History; Delicious Chinese Cuisine, Late-Night Dining

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter, a bustling community filled with vibrant nightlife, which unquestionably includes dining options. Amid the burgeoning downtown culinary scene is Monkey King, an elegant late-night Chinese cuisine eatery that opened its doors in late 2017.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Little Men Director Ira Sachs and Star Theo Taplitz Talk On Hollywood Endings, Casting and Actors

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Little Men, from Magnolia Pictures and Directed by Ira Sachs, brings to the screen a contemporary drama on life, death, love, family, friendship and the realities of economic minded decisions in the real world.

     
  • HL Artist Interview: Jonathan Brown, From Broken Glass To Beauty, One Piece at a Time

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    When artist Jonathan Brown looks at the raw material for his grand large-scale mosaic projects, where some people only see broken glass, he envisions complete works of art incredible installation pieces designed inspire, lift the spirit, or enhance their natural surroundings.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Talking With Teyonah Parris, CHI-RAQ Star, on Spike Lee, Gun Violence and Angela Bassett

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    CHI-RAQ, the recent release from legendary director Spike Lee, brought to the forefront of the American psyche the reminder of the devastations of gun violence, an issue played out every day in inner cities and now an unfortunate common occurrence globally.

     
  • Giant Percussion Jazz Sound from UK’s Jack 'Swagger Mac' Featuring Skunkadelic Plus Two From The B Side

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Jack 'Mac' McDougal is a vibrant, energetic musician, band leader, composer and multi-instrumental music teacher. He regularly plays with Jazz ensembles and live bands across the UK. Swagger Mac just hit the charts across the UK.

     
  • China Set on Increasing Air Defense Boundaries

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The People’s Republic of China has recently announced the extension of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, establishing an extended militarized area further into what was recognized as international waters.

     
  • Ohio WWII Missing Airman Found; DNA Brings Him Home with Full Honors

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

     
  • Tribeca Film Festival Review – The Top Ten, an Honorable Mention and Heated Controversy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival over, awards announced, statistics heralded, staff and volunteers moved on and media left to examine, write and critique the slate of films, what rises to the top is dependent on taste.

 

Login Form