Cinematographer Eric Cochran came to me with the story of a rancher in Namibia who was converting much of his land into a wildlife sanctuary to save lions, cheetahs, leopards, baboons and other animals at risk from development. With the idea of a series in mind, we worked with Namibia’s number one bush vet, Dr. Ulf Tubessing, to develop this and other wild stories. This first Living Wild was filled with unexpected drama, from a giant baboon wreaking havoc, King Kong style, through the streets of downtown Windhoek to emergency surgery on a lion. Thanks to my great team, I returned to the States with amazing footage and the makings of the first of National Geographic’s Living Wild series.
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