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Welcome To The Jungle – An Interview With Savage Kingdom’s Alex Cooke

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SAVAGE KINGDOM is the eagerly awaited wild-life drama from the heart of Northern Botswana, where peace never lasts long, and power comes with a price. Since the tumultuous aftermath of the previous season, the Kingdom’s kings and queens return to purge the land of hyena rule and regain their rightful control.
Narrated by Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance, viewers will witness the worst drought in years has devastated the area, making it the perfect breeding ground for a warzone. The tables are turning; dominance is shifting; and every player in this “Game of Thrones” must fight not only to survive but to defend his or her rightful place in an ever-changing, cut-throat kingdom.
As more lions, leopards and African wild dogs enter this bloody battlefield to fight for their share of the power, only the strongest and most audacious can be victorious. War is the heartbeat of the SAVAGE KINGDOM; the story of life is written in blood; power is everything; and there can be only one ruler… right?
A young male letchwe passing through the northern plains of Mombo at sunset. (NHFU/Liz Johnston)
Returning for a fourth season to the Savannah which is under a power between hyenas, lions, and dogs.

SAVAGE KINGDOM  features Tsebe, the lion queen of Mombo in Northern Botswana, leading her lionesses through battles against the dreaded hyenas who are struggling to regain their power. They too must fight off the dreaded hyenas, Mogolo and her pack of wild dogs and Motshidi, a reclusive leopard.

As you would expect from a series called SAVAGE KINGDOM this is no Disney’s Lion King as animals are fight for their right at survival. While there are births such as a new cub named Khutlo there are also deaths.

Like any National Geographic production the expert cinematography features breathtaking panning shots of life on the Savannah as it sets its scene. Giraffes, baboons and all kinds of creatures make their appearance.

Tsebe has coaxed her cubs out of the den site to suckle. With full bellies the cubs relax in the safety of their mother’s presence. (NHFU/Liz Johnston)

The Koalition spoke to Director of Photography, Alex Cooke about returning to the series and more.

Season four of Savage Kingdom premieres Friday, August 14th, at 9:00 pm ET for a three-week, six-episode television event on National Geographic. Each night will include two back-to-back hour-long episodes.

Check out out full interview below.

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