This week’s episode of Dynasties, the remarkable new TV series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, showed us that Tigers are very different creatures to the Lions of the plains. The Lion strikes fear in plain sight; go into Tiger country and the fear is creeping, lurking, hidden behind dense vegetation, yet all pervasive. You could almost feel the restless dread in the close-up snorts of the Chital deer, the Tiger’s most frequent meal.

An Entry to the Naturetrek 2018 Writing Competition. Jo Grimes conveys the acrobatic avian displays she witnessed on our 'Spain – Realm of the Iberian Lynx holiday'.

After last night’s episode of the Sir David Attenborough narrated series “Dynasties”, we discovered – as if we didn’t already know – that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in the African savannahs, and specifically the Mana Pools National Park, in Zimbabwe. In the case of the Painted Wolf, more usually known as the African Wild Dog, we learned that a daughter can be turned against her mother, so much so that she risks the lives of her entire pack in a bold, protracted and highly personal campaign to drive her away.

An Entry to the Naturetrek 2018 Writing Competition. Rosemary Hill relays her memorable encounter with a wolf pack experienced on our 'Yellowstone in Winter' tour.

Last Sunday’s episode of the BBC wildlife series “Dynasties,” narrated by Sir David Attenborough, might have shattered some illusions about the life of the so-called “King of the Beasts.” Here were Lions that, rather than lording it effortlessly over all the inhabitants of Kenya’s Masai Mara, were portrayed as surprisingly vulnerable. We watched the dramatic moment that a youthful male Lion was surrounded by a pack of 20 Spotted Hyaenas and were captivated as Charm the Lioness protected her very young cubs from a herd of angry African Buffalo intent on trampling them to death.