The Cheetah Orphans

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Veteran wildlife filmmaker Simon King takes on a new role in The Cheetah Orphans — that of surrogate mother. After their cheetah mother is killed by a lion, Simon assumes the parenting responsibilities for the cubs, Toki and Sambu — a life changing experience that Simon describes as “privileged, humbling and enriching.”

Hand-rearing the brothers, teaching them the life skills cheetahs need to survive, and observing the cubs as they pass through key stages of their development, Simon’s efforts to rehabilitate the cheetahs and reintroduce them to the world of wild cheetahs is filled with delight but also sadness. Simon becomes more deeply attached to the orphans, making difficult, yet critical decisions that determine their fate. When tragedy strikes, Simon is overcome with emotion, but has to make clear decisions for the welfare of Toki. Buy the DVD. This film premiered November 2007.

Production Credits Print

Television credits

Produced by
SIMON KING

Photography
SIMON KING
MARGUERITE SMITS VAN OYEN
JOHN MAGUIRE
STEPHEN NANGUNYE
NATASHA BREED

Film editors
ANDREW CHASTNEY
IVAN JONES

Online editors
TIM BOLT
TONY OSBOURNE

Music
JASON COOPER and OLIVER KRAUS

Dubbing mixer
NEIL HIPKISS

Production managers
DI WILLIAMNS
SALLY MARK

Production co-ordinators
YVONNE WEBB
CAROLINE RAE
MARIE-ANNE HENDRY

Production team assistant
JO AVERY

The BBC would like to thank

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy

Bryn and Tara Llewellyn

Yusuf Ole Ngilishu

Jean Hartley

Delulu Upson

Kenya Wildlife Service

Jane & Ian Craig

Steven Nangunye

John Mureiyani

Wafula Jackson

Natasha Breed

Warren Samuels

Bengt O. Roken

Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust

Assistant producers
MARGUERITE SMITS VAN OYEN
CHRISTINA HOLVEY

Series Editor
TIM MARTIN


Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
JENETTE RESTIVO

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

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