Film-maker lives with cheetahs for new film
A NEW wildlife documentary featuring internationally acclaimed South African filmmaker Kim Wolhuter is set to become the Discovery Channel’s next big hit.
The nationwide premiere of the film, Man, Cheetah, Wild, was held recently at a Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) event in Wolhuter’s home town of White River, Mpumalanga.
“We finished the film earlier this year, and I am proud to say that Discovery Channel has said they see this as their next great film,” said Wolhuter.
Man, Cheetah, Wild, which airs for the first time on Discovery Channel on December 16, follows Wolhuter’s extraordinary 18-month journey with a wild cheetah family in the Malilangwe Game Reserve in southern Zimbabwe.
Wolhuter develops an intimate bond with the cheetahs, and takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster ride as he walks, runs and sleeps with the animals.
“I was up at three in the morning on most days, but it’s a cheap price for doing what I do and loving what I do,” Wolhuter said.
Wolhuter, grandson of the Kruger National Park’s first game ranger Harry Wolhuter, who is famed for killing a fullygrown male lion with a knife after the animal attacked him, has spent more than 20 years making wildlife films for National Geographic, BBC and Discovery Channel.
He is well known for developing close relationships with wild animals. “I don’t intrude on the animals and don’t try to stroke or hug them. It is important that they only become habituated to me, and not to all humans,” Wolhuter said.
His 2001 movie Stalking Leopards, which follows the life of a male leopard in the Mala Mala Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, won an Emmy Award.
“This latest film gives cheetah and wildlife in general very good exposure. The ultimate goal is to bring international attention to this endangered species,” he explained. All proceeds from the premiere were donated to Wessa Lowveld. – African Eye News Service
AWARD-WINNING: The wildlife documentary Man, Cheetah, Wild is coming to the Discovery Channel.