'Gorongosa Park - Rebirth of Paradise'
(2-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)
Overview: Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration stories, living proof that nature can recover from near collapse, so long as humans protect it and help it to heal.
DVD Verdict: In 'Gorongosa Park - Rebirth of Paradise,' viewers are taken along on a quite stunningly beautiful, incredible journey, joining Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Bob Poole on a wild adventure exploring Gorongosa; as “re-wilding” efforts are made to restore populations of magnificent creatures after a civil war nearly destroyed the park.
This highly fascinating documentary is a six episode nature reveal about Mozambique's infamous Gorongosa National Park, as mentioned, a one million-acre paradise that is protected with some 130 rangers for last ten years when it became free of war some twenty years ago. Gorongosa National Park pretty much lost its wildlife due to a long civil war where humans consumed the wildlife especially the big game like the elephants where they ate the meat and sold the tusks every fifteen minutes so only tuskless elephants were spared. Now they have the biggest population of tuskless elephants in the world where they look SO (sadly) different than the average elephant with tusks.
The success of “re-wilding” Gorongosa National Park is crucial to this East African ecosystem and to the global conservation community. Poole has made it his life’s work to communicate the beauty and importance of Gorongosa to the world. He is joined in the effort by specialists who include his sister, renowned elephant researcher Joyce Poole, philanthropist Greg Carr, who is founding president of the project’s oversight committee, and renowned scientist and conservationist Edward O. Wilson, who serves as a scientific advisor to the park.
Together they explore its most remote areas and make new scientific discoveries while telling dramatic stories of war-traumatized elephants who charge humans on sight, lions that are fighting dynastic battles as well as poachers’ snares, and tiny yet epic struggles in the insect world that affect the entire ecology. Every creature plays a part in the rebirth of this complex ecosystem.
The program provides an experience unlike that available to any other tourist or visitor. Viewers will see Poole’s vivid re-enactment of an unusually aggressive elephant attack; ride along with the research team at night as they fit GPS trackers onto the manes of lions, bracing for possible attacks from others in the pride; and discover a huge aggregation of some of the largest crocodiles in Africa.
The six episodes included on this must-see 2-Disc DVD are:
1. “Lion Mystery”
2. “Elephant Whisperer”
3. “New Blood”
4. “Hidden Worlds”
5. “Battle Lines”
6. “Roaring Back”
'Gorongosa Park - Rebirth of Paradise' is available on DVD now, has a run time of approximately 360 minutes, and comes on 2-Discs. The program will also be available for digital download. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
20 Minutes of Exclusive Bonus Video