Dynasties: Where to see the animals in the flesh

7th November 2018

David Attenborough returns to screens in November 2018 with what is sure to be another natural world wonder. As the title suggests, the series will follow families, namely chimpanzees, emperor penguins, lions, tigers and painted wolves (or African wild dogs as they are also known). Here we look at how you can see all of these animals with Wild Frontiers

Emperor Penguins

The mighty emperor penguin is the most famous and frequently depicted of all of the penguins. Emperors are the only penguin to breed during the Antarctic winter, they trek 31 to 75 miles over the ice to reach breeding colonies where females lay just one egg, which the males then incubate while the females return to the sea to feed. It is thought that some individual emperors may live to fifty years old. To stand a chance of seeing these wonderful birds, browse our Antarctic cruises.


Our closest relatives, chimpanzees are highly social animals, with family being very important. They can live up to 50 years old and spend most of their time in the treetops. Highly intelligent, they use tools such as sticks to scoop termites out of their mounds, and leaves to soak up drinking water. Endangered, they have already become extinct in four countries. Wild Frontiers recently took Kate Humble to Rwanda to see these wonderful apes, together with the lowland gorillas of the Congo. Watch the video below, or take a look at our Great Apes of Africa tour here.


Dynasties follows a family of lions in Kenya’s Masaai Mara, one of the best places to see this king of the jungle. Life is tough for lions, with only 1 in 8 cubs reaching adulthood. The great cat which once roamed the continent is now threatened. Fitting in with the theme of the series, this is due to encroachments on its natural habitat as more land is converted to pasture land. Furthermore, the lions natural prey of antelopes, zebra, wildebeest and gazelle are being hunted by humans. See lions on our Classic Kenya safari.

Painted Wolves

Dynasties follows a family of painted wolves (or African wild dogs) in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi National Park. Incredibly endangered, these highly social animals roam in packs of around 10, but larger packs of 40 have been known. Incredible sprinters, they can reach speeds of over 40mph, and often hunt their prey until exhaustion. Again, sadly habitat loss due to encroachment from humans is their biggest threat, alongside competition from other predators such as lions. Try to see them on our Zimbabwe tailor-made safari.


The biggest of the big cats, tigers can weigh up to 40 stones and their paws are as big as a human’s head. One challenge with tiger conservation is the huge amount of territory these solitary animals roam, with the average tiger needing 40 square kilometres to itself. Dynasties follows a family of tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park, but Tadoba and Satpura National Parks are also great places to seek this magnificent creature. Our Tigers of Central India tour takes in Tadoba, Satpura and Kanha National Parks, providing excellent chances of seeing the elusive cat.

Michael Pullman

Michael became interested in travel at a young age, when his father would come home with souvenirs and tales from work trips to exotic sounding destin…

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