In Kenya, a unique project has been developed to look after homeless lions. Although enclosed?
GV PAN truck along dust road
SV Tony Fitzjohn USING TELEMETRY equipment to track lions (TWO SHOTS)
TRAVEL SHOT over terrain
SV lion on hillock PULL BACK Fitzjohn claps to call it to him
LV Vulture files overhead
CU Lion and Fitzjohn caress (THREE SHOTS)
SV truck drivers into game park
SV Fitzjohn cutting up meat
SV Fitzjohn carries meat to lions behind fence (THREE SHOTS)
SV Lion playing
CU Lion yawning
SV Fitzjohn walks into compound and gives injection to lion
CU Files on lions wound
SV Lion inspects syringe and Fitzjohn walks between two lions.
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Background: In Kenya, a unique project has been developed to look after homeless lions. Although enclosed by wires fences, the Kora camp offers a relatively unrestricted life in sharp contrast to the captivity found in traditional zoos, or an almost certain death in the wilds.
SYNOPSIS: Kora camp, in northern Kenya, is found in an area officially designated as a national game reserve.
This telemeter helps camp worker Tony Fitzjohn keep a track on the lions' movements. Tony, a 31-year-old Englishman is able to pinpoint their positions by picking up signals transmitted from special collars that are attached to their necks; allowing the lions to roam without hindrance.
Tony says he fell in love with lions when a teenager; a passion sparked by the 'Born Free' books, which traced the story of Joy and George Adamson rearing the lioness, Elsa. Today, he too seems to have found a similar contentment and understanding with the lions at Kora.
The camp is an isolated huddle of tents, protected by the high wire fences. Conditions there are rugged, with intense heat and biting flies. The nearest settlement is a six-hour drive away.
This lions are usually fed on camel meat which is stored in a deep freeze at the camp.
The ???easts lead a happy, contented life. They grow up, reproduce and live free in the reserve.
One of Tony's regular jobs is a monthly trip by Land Rover to buy supplies at the tiny outpost of Garissa. His responsibilities also include looking after the health of the animals.
He has been at the camp for nearly four years. Although he was once very nearly killed by a marauding lion, he says he belongs to the camp and wants to remain there.