In B&B “Tree Lions”- Biologist Niall McCann visits Queen Elizabeth Park in Uganda, where a unique group Lions is on the brink of extinction. Niall joins WCS biologist Dr. Andy Plumptre on his mission to collar and track the Big Cats, thus saving the lions of Ishasha. Since an invasive (and poisonous) plant was brought in by colonists, the nasty vegetation has taken over the Ugandan countryside; now, cattle ranchers wanting to avoid having their herds poisoned have brought their livestock into the national parks to graze. There hungry lions are waiting to take out some of the cattle, causing the rancher to retaliate by poisoning the cow carcass: which in turn kills the few remaining lions, as well as eradicating hyenas, jackals, rare vultures and more. Through the collaring program, it is hoped Niall, Andy and his team can track the big cats, and keep local villagers and ranchers informed as to their location: and combined with a general lion education program, help to restore and save these rare lions. These tree climbing Lions, now numbering only 25, may be the park’s last chance to bring in Tourists and the dollars needed to support the remaining African wildlife that are still here, following years of war and civil unrest in the country.
"Tree Lions", produced by Peter and Sheera von Puttkamer, will screen at the 2016 WCFF in New York, NY. for more information contact: email@example.com