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Toki and Sambu Story

November 05, 2007

THIRTEEN/MNET New York's Nature traces the powerful bond between a wildlife filmmaker and his adopted cheetah cubs when the Cheetah Orphans premieres Sunday, November 11 on PBS. The Film Charts A Four-Year Emotional Rollercoaster As Simon King Raises Cuddly Cubs Into Big Cats, Preparing Them To Return To Wild.

At just four weeks old, cheetah cubs Toki and Sambu were orphaned when a lion killed their mother. Shortly after, wildlife filmmaker Simon King arrived at the 50,000-acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, where he became their new parent. From bottle-feeding to guiding them on their early hunting forays, King hand-reared the brothers and became deeply attached to them in the process. Toki and Sambu's life under King's care, by turns idyllic and tragic, and unfolding amid the stunning vistas of the Kenya savannah, is shown when The Cheetah Orphans premieres Sunday, November 11 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

"The Cheetah Orphans reveals a depth of bond between man and wildlife that natural history films rarely capture," says Fred Kaufman, NATURE executive producer. "It shows our ability to find meaning in our interaction with nature, and it's incredibly poignant, too." Simon King narrates.