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This Wild Life

This Wild Life

One family’s adventure in Kenya

Saba Douglas-Hamilton and family have left their old lives behind to run a wildlife lodge in Samburu National Reserve, the most rugged, wild and remote outpost of Kenya’s Northern frontier.

This is the frontline of conservation where the battle to protect Africa’s big five is heating up. In the past few years Samburu has been under attack from poachers. If the animals are gone, the tourists won’t come; and with no tourists, there will be no income to preserve this vast wilderness.

Saba manages the lodge while also bringing up her three young children. Her husband, Frank, has given up his career as a marine archaeologist to run the family elephant conservation charity.

This series follows the dramas, tears and laughter that make up daily life at the lodge as this adventurous family and their Samburu team nurture the wildlife of this stunningly beautiful nature reserve, and work to keep the tourists coming back.

It might look like an idyllic barefoot life, surrounded by animals, but behind the facade lies a vulnerable game reserve facing tough times in a remarkable and changing Africa.

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