The Last Lioness

The Last Lioness

2009, Nature  -   34 Comments
Ratings: 8.44/10 from 36 users.

The Last LionessA haunting call echoes across the Liuwa Plain. There is no answer, there hasn't been for years. She has no pride, no support - she alone must safeguard her own survival. Her name is Lady Liuwa, and she is the Last Lioness.

Isolated by a scourge of illegal trophy hunting that wiped out the rest of her species in the region, Lady Liuwa is the only known resident lion surviving on Zambia's Liuwa Plain.

For four years, cameraman Herbert Brauer watched her lonely life unfold, until, in her solitude, she reached out to him for companionship.

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2 years ago

How can I get the full movie of the last lioness it been maybe years I watched it but I remember everything the meaning of surviving

5 years ago

Just letting you know, the video has been deleted! Please, if anyone could provide a different link for it! I remember having watched this doc a long time ago and it was indeed a beautiful story - and the previous comments seem to agree!

5 years ago

After reading the great comments below, I am sad to see that this documentary is no longer available per the link provided :(

Evans chrispus
7 years ago

The documentary was awesome,but so emotional.I loved it

10 years ago

Great documentary, pretty much good work.

Violette Wood
10 years ago

Great documentary.

One of the introduced males was killed when the pair strayed into Angola in late 2012. The remaining male returned to Liuwa unharmed. In Oct 2011, two females were introduced but one was killed in a snare. As of Dec 2012 Lady Liuwa was spending time with the surviving female who was believed to be pregnant by the surviving male. Lady Liuwa's reproductive system had been inactive so long it appears she will not bare cubs, despite having mated. She looked healthy and content in Dec 2012 when I was there.

10 years ago

believe me, i'm trying not to be emotional but this is this first time i was moved to tears by a documentary. the courage as well as the sadness of Lady Liuwa is very compelling. many thanks to all who cared for her and her habitat.

10 years ago

Kudos the crew, do more for the African Great

patrick corso
11 years ago

what an impressive lioness..too bad she did not have cubs..i read that there are two young lionesses that were introduce to her and the 2 males in december 2011 and that there will be a fil shortly on the progress of the two males and the lady and there two new companions.

11 years ago

Awesome story even more exciting then a film. As a Zoologist I like it very much. We think some one will make another documentary about her future.

K M Mijanur Rahman Ronju

11 years ago

this is a beautifull story, she is so brilliant lion. and I opened a group on fbook about last lioness lady liuwa. I hope someone will tell us about her future :) keep our fingers

11 years ago


I want to be a Lion, and walk the dusty plain
feel water on my fur, and sunshine on my mane
sleep all day til dusk, and beware the elephants tusk
put power in my stride, while i hunt beside my pride
hunt zebra in the night, and wildebeest in the day
watch out for the hyenas, so they do not steal our prey
our enemies we have defied, for our hunger is now satisfied
and now we settle down to sleep, for us no challenge is too steep
alas i am a Lion! hear my fearless roar!

a quick poem by me...

11 years ago

despite how much they were trying to help, they pulled the usual human stupidity and killed another lion in the process. idiots! I'm sure they're haunted by that attempt. us humans can never do anything right. we destroyed them, and even when we try to help them we harm them too. retards

Morten Andreassen
11 years ago

may as well rub your eyes with onions, it'd be the same thing as watching this

His Forever
11 years ago

They also mentioned that the Water Buffalo and the Eland and the Wild Dogs were also hunted to extinction there.

Update: upon further reseach, the Eland and Water Buffalo have been reintroduced and Wild Dogs have either moved back in or also been reintroduced. Only the lion population is stagnant unless they reintroduce more females that can have cubs.

His Forever
11 years ago

Everyone: She has a Facebook page (Lady of Liuwa)! If you like the doc. then "like" her page so we can keep track of her. No cubs as of September 2011.

11 years ago

A great documentary! Maybe Lady Liuwa saw that her only hope was to forgive the humans that hurt her family and that forgiving them, maybe they would also help her.To me this shows that animals can think and make decisions.
Remember the movie, "Ghost in the darkness"?
They were bad hateful lions for whatever reasons.

11 years ago

sept 2011....enough time has elapsed since the making of this movie, for their to have been a number of cubs born.

11 years ago

Tagged and only 3 left. What a happy ending ... what?

11 years ago

I love happy endings...

11 years ago

thanks !

11 years ago

This is a great doc. loved it!

11 years ago

Bad a** lion, damn those bastard poachers!!!

11 years ago

How sad. :-(
How lonely she must have been all those years.

11 years ago

Lady Liuwa is a magnificent animal, isn't she?

11 years ago

A very touching documentary! Thank you for making this.

Richard T
11 years ago

wtf! Why didn't the film crew wait a few more months and film whatever happens? Dont just leave the story hanging like that..