Horse Rich and Dirt Poor
* Q&A with Sean Ender
The black footed ferret was thought to be extinct when a small population was discovered in a remote corner of Wyoming in 1981, setting off an urgent race to recover the last of the species left on the planet.
Ferret town follows the efforts of dedicated scientists and private citizens to return the black-footed ferret to habitat outside Meeteetse, a small, tight-knit ranching community. Central to the film is the charismatic mammal itself, both cute and ferocious, a predator that gives meaning to an entire ecosystem. Reared in captivity from the original Meeteese stock, black-footed ferrets have now been released at over 24 sites throughout North America but they still have a long way to go toward recovery.
Ferret Town presents an urgent and compelling conservation story, posing the question - how far will we go to save one species?
Colorado's Moose | 60 minutes
"Colorado's Moose" is an all encompassing tale of the reintroduction of moose to Colorado. Once transient to the state, efforts were made in the late 1970s to return the Shiras Moose to Colorado's mountainous landscape. The species success has provided new tourism opportunities for wildlife watchers and sportsmen alike. Still a rare animal to see in the wilderness, wildlife managers remain responsible for managing sustainable moose populations and striking a balance between the public, ranchers, and wildlife who all depend on the land for survival. The film combines captivating stories from biologists, wildlife managers, a photographer, hunters and ranchers with stunning footage of moose and majestic scenic of the Colorado Rockies in this tremendous story for wildlife management.
Horse Rich and Dirt Poor | 16 minutes
Wild Horses are caught between an incredibly polarized and emotionally debate aiming to write their future in the America West. While some wild horse activists largely want their numbers unbridled, others see wild horses as a resource that needs to be managed. The means by which management may be accomplished are hotly contested. The result of this debate is a legal stalemate causing wild horse numbers to continue rising well beyond unsustainable levels, causing irreversible damage to public lands, range ecosystems, wildlife and horses competing in a hard and increasingly degraded landscape. Horse Rich and Dirt Poor follows ecologist Charles Post as he explores America's pressing wild horse issue and the effects it has on the surrounding ecosystem.
Rare Species and Nature Conservation
Michaela’s Map: Sierra Leone
The Value of Biodiversity: Ethiopia
*Q&A with Michaela Guzy
Rare Species and Nature Conservation | 32 minutes
With her fragile nature, incredible landscape and rare species that she hosts, Namibia is a natural history gem. Scientists and NGO’s work tirelessly to conserve and protect these natural values. CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund), GLP (Global Leopard Project), KCP (Kwando Carnivore Project) are some of these amazing organisations that are documented trying to protect Namiba and her wildlife.
Michaela's Map: Sierra Leone | 32 minutes
Michaela’s Map: Sierra Leone features Michaela Guzy, Founder of OhThePeopleYouMeet, witnessing history in the making in February 2019 on the Western Coast of Africa. Dr. Jane Goodall, the world’s leading chimpanzee expert and U.N. Messenger of Peace, returned to Sierra Leone after 27 years. Jane was first in Sierra Leone in the early ‘90s and met Bala Amarasekaran – who had just rescued two baby chimps from a nearby village. Little did she know that she planted a seed of inspiration that continued to grow in Bala. The important conservation + community work that Bala and his team have been working on through an 11-year civil war, Ebola and the mud-slides are the reason Jane returned.
Michaela’s Map: Sierra Leone showcases real people playing a major role in the country’s rebirth, inspiring entrepreneurs and the steps the country is taking to emerge as one of Africa’s next sustainable tourism destinations. It’s all inter-related: our environment + wildlife + our people.
The Value of Biodiversity: Ethiopia | 30 minutes
The biodiversity of our planet is threatened like never before. Habitats and endangered wildlife disappear. But once the ecosystems are severely damaged, they can no longer produce clean water, fertile soil or fresh air - basic things we need for our own survival, too.
"The Value of Biodiversity - Ethiopia" investigates Bale Mountains National Park in southern Ethiopia, the largest Afroalpine habitat left on earth. It is home to the largest surviving population of Ethiopian wolves and the rare mountain nyala. Both species are extremely rare and confined to the highlands of Ethiopia. The mountain slopes are covered by a wonderful cloud forest, which is vital for the water regime of the whole region. Droplets form small creeks which in turn converge to large rivers, supplying millions of people with water. But the forest is under threat, the flow of the rivers become irregular, causing drought and famine downstream. The shrinking wildlife populations are just once sign that the ecosystems are slowly collapsing.
The disappearance of endangered species like the Ethiopian wolf might not affect us in Europe. But they are signs that ecosystems are no longer functioning: systems which work as a global network and on which we depend for the air we breathe, for healthy food, for clean water. Conservation is no luxury. The basis of our very existence is at stake
Secrets of the Pangolin
A Place for Penguins
The View South-Pumas in Patagonia
*Panel discussion with Richard Szkiler and Manuela Iglesias
Secrets of the Pangolin | 55 minutes
The world’s most trafficked mammal isn’t the tiger, or the elephant or the rhino, rather it’s the pangolin; a small scaled creature that lives throughout Asia and Africa. Its body is covered in scales to protect it from natural predators, but it is precisely these scales that have caused it to be hunted to near extinction, now making it a critically endangered species. More than one million of these gentle creatures have been killed over the last decade. This three-part mini-series documents the efforts of research teams in Taiwan as they seek to understand and protect this reclusive creature.
While pangolins around the globe are being hunted to extinction, researchers in Taiwan are working around the clock to protect this gentile animal. Conservationist Nick Sun and his team have been observing pangolins in the wild for over a decade. He has focused his work in LuanShan village, in the foothills of the Dulan Mountains, where pangolins share their habitat with a variety of flora and fauna, as well as the Bunun aboriginal tribe.
(Photo courtesy of Forbes.com)
The View South - Pumas in Patagonia
A story told with no words but with the power of sound and visuals of unspoiled Patagonia. Pure joy and sensorial experience. This is a meditational film, soothing for the soul and mind. Taking its viewers on an introspective journey of serenity. A deep breath of fresh air in a noisy world. The illusive pumas feature prominently not in the traditional format predator vs prey but in their more common state of relaxation and contemplation, giving viewers the opportunity to connect with this untouched part of the planet through slow motion, time-lapse and aerials. Mountains, animals, pure water, dark skies, sunsets and sunrises are waiting to be enjoyed in this art piece where the protagonist is our loving mother nature.
A Place for Penguins | 13 minutes
Africa is a continent well known for its' wildlife but there is one resident that is often overlooked and many don't realise it even exists - the African Penguin. Years of over-fishing have seen Africa's penguins plummet to frighteningly low numbers, with scientists at the University of Cape Town recently heeding the gloomy warning that the species could be extinct by the year 2026.
A place for Penguins follows an unlikely duo as they team up and take on an ambitious, novel and entirely unique project - creating the world's first artificially induced Africa Penguin colony. Their story demonstrates that science and art are not mutually exclusive. Conservation is a collaborative effort and if we are to meet the challenges facing our planet, we need to cooperate, think outside the box and break down traditional academic disciplines to unearth innovative solutions.
Damned to Extinction
The Sacred Place Where Life Begins
* Panel discussion with filmmakers Steven Hawley, Michael Peterson and Dr. Carl Safina
Damned to Extinction | 50 minutes
For eons, a one-of-a-kind population of killer whales has hunted chinook salmon along the Pacific Coast of the United States. For the last 40 years, renowned whale scientist Ken Balcomb has closely observed them. He’s familiar with a deadly pattern, as salmon numbers plummet orcas starve.
The orcas need roughly a million salmon a year, where to find a million fish? The solution, says Balcomb, is getting rid of four fish-killing dams 500 miles away on the largest tributary to what once was the largest chinook producing river on earth.
The Sacred Place Where Life Begins
It is best to experience firsthand what you're fighting for. When two adventurers embark on a dangerous four-month expedition documenting the world’s longest land mammal migration through the Arctic Refuge of Alaska, they soon discover an incredible ecosystem protected by the Gwich’in Nation for more than 25,000 years, yet held on the precipice of collapse by resource development corporations.
In Search of a Moment | 5 minutes
This short documentary is a glimpse into what life looks like for wildlife photographer Jake Davis in the field.
The REEF | 8 minutes
The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme carries out marine wildlife research and fosters community focused conservation initiatives. The field team of the MWRSP monitors the demographics and movement of different species such as whale sharks. This is their story.