What our epic Tanzania trip taught us about nature’s ‘queens’

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The only place more magical than Disney World is Tanzania, Africa where we traveled (15 hours!) to experience the full female-led grandeur of Nat Geo. queens Docu-series now running Disney+,

Narrated by the always incredible Angela Bassett, queens According to the press release, viewers are introduced to six iconic worlds that are “ruled by the fierce and formidable matriarchs of the Animal Queen, setting the stage for a series that will challenge everything viewers know about natural history programming.” I know it’s beyond that.”

With endless streaming content served up to audiences like McDonald’s Happy Meals, it’s easy to get distracted from big accomplishments queens who digs deep into everything you do thought You knew About nature’s most powerful matriarchs.

In a moment of pure wonder, we found ourselves marveling at a pride of lions as we traveled through the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater – a staggering wonder of the world that was formed when a massive volcano erupted and collapsed in on itself. three crore years First.

Watch our friend Kaye capture the same moment in the video below:

Majestic in every way, Gaurav passed by a convoy of safari trucks in a surreal moment that was only mirrored by the stunning footage queens Executive producer Vanessa Berlowitz and her extremely talented team of female filmmakers.

“When we first started creating the series, we heard someone in our industry say, ‘Oh, queensThe series that girls are making’, and it was comments like that that made Vanessa and I feel the weight because you suddenly know that you not only have to make a great series, but you have to make a better series than anything else. Because we’re women,” said co-executive producer/showrunner Chloe Sarosh interview with forbes,

At one point during the episode ‘African Queens’, an emotionally stirring scene involves a lioness forced to save her cubs from a vicious male lion who is trying to kill them to make room for himself. Which reflects the unshakable reality of their world.

“The resilience of these women leaders was the thing that attracted us again and again,” Berlowitz said in an interview. interview with forbes,

“They were living in harsh environments, caring for their families at great material cost to themselves, being driven by the need to problem solve or the need to protect their family, possibly at their own personal detriment. It was so relevant and it connected with us on such a human level that the idea of ​​him and us disappeared.”

I knew that lionesses do all the hunting and male lions sleep 18-20 hours a day. However, I didn’t know that male lions can be lionesses’ worst enemies when they want to take over their territory and mate.

It also features a showdown between lions and nature’s treacherous little troublemakers, aka hyenas, led by Woman The alpha in their pack.

To lead the herd, a female hyena must prove that she is the strongest when challenged by other female hyenas for the crown.

Four years in the making, Queens uses cutting-edge technology to capture incredible moments within the animal kingdom for the first time, including a rarely seen hyena infanticide, the first-ever filming of bonobos in the canopy from tree platforms, the Ngorongoro Crater Color documentation included. Night, and development time lapse of orchid bee group.

The final episode of the series celebrates the women who (literally) went to the ends of the earth to document and protect animal queens.

Berlovitz explained, “Being a team and trusting each other and knowing that we all have good intentions allowed us to have difficult conversations because we knew that basically we got each other. Is.” forbes, “It’s safe. And even though we were taking huge risks and there was a lot of pressure, I always felt incredibly safe.”

A love letter to the power of womanhood, queens Reigns serves as an eye-opening parallel between the brutal realities faced by matriarchs in the jungle and the struggles women face on a daily basis.

I didn’t know what I thought I knew, and enjoyed learning from Vanessa and Kenyan director/producer Faith Musembi, who has dedicated her life to telling incredible stories.

I felt extremely humbled to join these authentic storytellers while enjoying the beauty of Tanzania on the greatest trip of my lifetime.

Check out my photo recap below:

all 7 queens Episodes are now streaming on Disney+.


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