“Lions are nocturnal, meaning they are typically more active and assertive during the night; during the day they become lethargic for hours on end,” Ulrico Grech-Cumbo, CEO of Habitat XR, a studio that creates immersive nature experiences, told The Dodo. “We weighed whether the benefit of filming lions sleeping was worth the risk — we decided it was.”
The crew placed a 360-degree virtual reality camera and sound recording equipment near the group of wild cats, who appeared to show little interest. Confident that they had gone unnoticed, the film crew backed their truck out. But they soon realized they were very wrong to think anything would escape the sights of a lioness.