KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The global wildlife television channel is set to
screen the reintroduction of lions from South Africa to Rwanda
in an hour-long documentary, according to Akagera National Park
It will be the first
time that the Rwandan national park will feature on the National
Geographic wild channel, a television focused primarily on
wildlife and natural history programming.
The return of Rwanda
lions will be screened on March 9 in Kigali by Akagera
Management authority, according to Sarah Hall, Tourism and
Marketing Manager for Akagera Management.
reporters on Tuesday, Hall said that the film narrates a story
of reintroduction of lions from South Africa to Rwanda in a
ground-breaking conservation initiative.
“Seven lions have
made the arduous journey from South Africa to Rwanda-Akagera
National Park. The documentary film will feature lions’ journey
for survival in Return of the Lion - a tale of hope, courage,
challenges and rebirth,” she added.
The film shooting
started quite after arrival of lions from South Africa in July
2015 with an intention to see how the big cats adapt to the
In 2015, Rwanda
re-introduced seven lions (five females and two males) into the
Akagera National Park following decades of absence of big cats
in the savanna grassland game reserve.
wildlife population is attributed to widespread poaching,
especially during the 1980s and 1990s.
Rwanda also plans to
re-introduce black rhinos in the Akagera National Park, in a bid
to boost tourism industry that is the country’s largest foreign
In 2015, the
national park received about 32,000 tourists, with Rwandans
representing 44 percent of this number.
The Akagera National
Park is the country’s famous savanna animal sanctuary with a
wide range of game that include buffalos, elephants, zebras,
giraffes, leopards, hyenas, hippos, and antelopes.
Board statistics indicate that, in 2014 the country’s tourism
industry registered revenue receipts worth 304.9 million U.S.
Rwanda hosted a
total number of about 1.22 million visitors in the same year.