The Marsh Pride
The first episode of BBC America's new series, "Dynasties," follows the Marsh Pride of the Masai Mara. Watch the series premiere this Saturday, Jan. 19 on BBC America at 8/7 C. Viewers can also watch the first episode online for free.
Females in charge
The Marsh Pride consists of two dominant females, Charm and Sienna, and their eight offspring.
Mother's watchful eye
Strong lion mothers like Charm pay close attention to their young cubs who are defenseless if left alone.
A caring touch
Lion cubs will nurse for 3 months before eating meat, and will continue nursing until they're around 6 months old.
Adorable stealth mode
Lions have a fierce predatory instinct, but they aren't born knowing how to catch prey. Starting as cubs, they must learn how to hunt and practice their technique. [Watch: Lion vs. Terrapin]
Partners in crime
Two young males in the pride, Tatu and Red, are bonded and tend to stay close.
Fighting off enemies
The lions of the Masai Mara face many threats, including aggressive hyenas. Their most severe threat, however, is from humans encroaching on their habitat. [Photos: The Biggest Lions on Earth]
Struggling to survive
According to BBC America, current estimates for lion populations suggest there are as few as 20,000 lions left in the world and fewer than 2,000 left in Kenya.
Hunting down prey
Female lions do the majority of the hunting, although male lions are usually the first to feast on a kill.
Lions are the only truly social cat in the world, according to BBC America.
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Kimberly has a bachelor's degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University, a master's degree in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a former reference editor for Live Science and Space.com. Her work has appeared in Inside Science, News from Science, the San Jose Mercury and others. Her favorite stories include those about animals and obscurities. A Texas native, Kim now lives in a California redwood forest.