David Attenborough: Getting Close to Elsa the Lioness, 1961

First transmitted in 1961, David Attenborough travels to Meru National Park in Kenya to meet Elsa the lioness and her cubs shortly before Elsa's death.

Joy explains how to gauge Elsa's irritability and when she knows it is safe to approach.

This programme is included in the BBC Four archive collection of David Attenborough's early films.

Transformer Owl Original: Amazing Video!!

From Wikipedia:
"The Southern White-faced Owl (Ptilopsis granti) is a fairly small owl in the family Strigidae. It is native to the southern half of Africa. It was formerly regarded as a subspecies of the Northern White-faced Owl (P. leucopsis) but the two are now commonly treated as separate species.

"It is 22-28 centimetres long and weighs 185-220 grams. The upperparts are grey with dark streaks and there are white spots on the scapular feathers. The underparts are whitish with dark streaks. The face is white with a black border and black around the large orange eyes. The head has two short "ear" tufts with black tips. Juvenile birds have a greyish face. The Northern White-faced Owl is usually paler and browner with reduced streaking below.

"The call is a series of fast, bubbling hoots. It is uttered at night and frequently repeated. The Northern White-faced Owl has a very different two-note call.

"Its range extends from Gabon eastwards to southern Kenya and southwards to Namibia and northern South Africa. It inhabits savanna and dry woodland. It is usually seen alone or in pairs. It hunts for large invertebrates and some small mammals, birds and reptiles are also taken.

"The eggs are usually laid in the old nest of another bird. The clutch contains two or three eggs which are incubated for about 30 days. The young birds leave the nest about a month after hatching.

"The owl has the unique ability to modify its appearance in times of danger or threat. It may enlarge its body to ward off other owls, or it may make itself appear shrivelled to camouflage itself as a tree trunk or branch.

"This owl came to popular attention when it was featured in a Japanese video titled 'Transformer Owl.' The owl in that video was named Popo-chan and came from South Africa."


The annual wildebeest migration takes place in the Masai Mara, Kenya and the Serengeti, Tanzania. It is known as the “Great Migration” and is one of the most iconic events in Africa. One of the largest obstacles the migrating animals face is the mighty...

Baboon vs Flamingos

Hungry baboons in Kenya's Lake Bogoria find themselves surrounded... by a million unsuspecting and unprotected flamingos.

Life in Kibera - Director`s Cut

This is a longer version - first edit - to go with 'Life in Kibera'. It was made on a trip to Kibera - Kenya, and Africa's largest slum. I tried to use a lot of the sounds of the place, and without really using any narrative it's a bit of a mood of...

The First Grader (Trailer)

When the government of Kenya announces free education for all, 84-year-old Maruge shows up at his local elementary school, wanting to learn to read. Based on a true story, The First Grader reminds us it is never too late to learn, never too late to dream, and certainly never too late to make a difference. Opens in theaters May 13.

Professor Sapolsky: Origin of Religion 1/2

Wiki: Robert Maurice Sapolsky (born 1957) is an American scientist and author. He is currently professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and, by courtesy, Neurosurgery, at Stanford University. In addition, he is a research associate at the National Museums of Kenya

From Alaska To Kenya

In the film we see a young man's failed attempt at picking up a lady at a bar. A bartender steps in with a few pieces of advice, but as it turns out he's only interested in telling his favorite" bar tale" about his Great Grand Uncle Sir Hgni, who's chasing a die-hard muskoxen and involuntarily causes loads of historical and mythological events, including the lunar landing, crop circles, the sinking of the Titanic and the assassination of JFK.

Flamingos feeding on Lake Bogoria

On the shores of Lake Bogoria in Kenya thousands of flamingoes feed on algae in the caustic waters in this amazing clip taken from the BBC natural history programme Shadows of the Sun.

Celebration As Kenya Adopts Constitution

Kenya formally adopted a new constitution Friday in a ceremony attended by several African leaders. The document, overwhelmingly approved in a national referendum earlier this month, is a pillar of reforms aimed at averting a repeat of the violence that killed more than 1,000 people following the disputed 2007 election. Duration:00:50. WEB CONSTITUTION KENYA

Ted Talks: Julian Assange: Why the World Needs WikiLeaks

The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished -- and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US airstrike in Baghdad.

Kenya's Televangelism 'Empire'

Televangelism is growing across Africa, but especially in Kenya where religious programmes are led by powerful and charismatic pastors who often preach unconventional ideas, like miracle cures for HIV and Aids.

For many pastors, it is a lucrative business, prompting concerns that they might be exploiting the commitment of their followers.

Kenya's Kenge Kenge Rocks Womex

From Link TV's world music blog: http://www.linktv.org/worldmusic/blog
One of the real hits at WOMEX was the band Kenge Kenge. They rocked the hall with traditional Kenyan party music based on the Benga beat.