It was a cry of such loneliness and despair that everyone who heard it that night vowed that they had to act – and act fast. The lioness named Lady Liuwa was so lonely that she had come to humans, camped in the Liuwa National Park in Zambia, looking for company.
The gutteral roar was the unmistakable call of friendship. She was the last surviving lioness in Liuwa – and her loneliness was enveloping her – her dreams of belonging to a pride and of motherhood long gone.
The extraordinary story of how Lady turned to humans for companionship and love – and how they, in turn, fought to find her a family – has become one of the most moving wildlife films of all time. It began in 2004, when Namibian filmmaker Herbert Brauer arrived at the National Park to make a wildlife programme.