White Lions: Ngala Yobasa

James Suter, now a filmmaker and owner of Black Bean Productions, first guided on the N’wanetsi Concession at Singita and came to know the many prides of lion that frequent this area. Recently he had the chance to go back to see one of the prides from his days as a guide – with the addition of two white lion cubs.

White lions are thought to be indigenous to the Timbavati area, and haven’t been sighted in this area for decades and so it was very unexpected to see them. So unexpected, in fact, that no one believed the tracker that first radioed in the sighting.

Capturing these lions on film was a challenge, especially with limited shoot days, but with the expertise of the guiding team at Singita we were able to get some beautiful footage of the pride and the cubs.

  • James Suter
  • Oli Caldow
  • Sam Suter
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Non-Fiction, Documentary, Wildlife, Conservation
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 2, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Distribution Information
  • National Geographic
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - James Suter, Oli Caldow

James Suter’s career has been founded on a passion for conservation and wildlife. After working for many years as a Field Guide across Africa, he has developed his skills as a Photographer and Filmmaker.

Oli Caldow has developed a distinctive visual style, with 10 years of experience in the film industry. His use of compelling imagery communicates subtle underlying themes with sensitivity and creative excellence.

Sam Suter studied Marketing and comes from a background of Human Resources, Community Development and Production. She is involved in every aspect of the business, with a focus on the creative and managerial aspects of the making of each film.

Black Bean Productions was founded by James Suter and Oli Caldow, and with Producer Sam Suter they work as a cohesive unit with equal creative input and a hands-on approach in all aspects of the production process.

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