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The Lion Man

The Lion Man on TVNZ Heartland

About the show

The Lion Man follows Craig Busch, owner of Zion Wildlife Gardens, as he goes about his daily business of rearing and training his lions and tigers.

Zion Wildlife Gardens is dedicated to the preservation of big cats, including rare Barbary lions and white tigers.

It's a place where visitors have the opportunity to view and learn about these magnificent endangered animals up close in a friendly non zoo-like environment.

The Lion Man follows the adventures of all the inhabitants of the park including the two original lions, Zion and Shia, who were hand raised by Busch, as well as 19 other cats including Barbary lions, white Bengal tigers, an orange Bengal tiger and a small family of Serville cats.


The Lion Man starts Wednesday 23rd February at 3.30pm on TVNZ Heartland.

For further screenings, visit the TVNZ Heartland programme schedule here .