Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise


  • Episode 1 | Lion Mystery | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Bob Poole joins scientist Paola Bouley as she tries to solve a baffling mystery: Why isn’t Gorongosa’s lion population growing? By filming the lions, Poole hopes to help, following five cheeky lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Episode 2 | Elephant Whisperer | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Bob Poole and his sister, Joyce, a renowned elephant expert, face charging elephants to gain insights into elephant behavior. Meanwhile, Mt. Gorongosa is taken over by a group of rebel soldiers, creating a tense air of uncertainty and fear in the park.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Episode 3 | New Blood | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Bob Poole and the lion team find one of the cubs with a grave wound and race to save her. A massive relocation mission is launched to bring back zebra and eland,— Africa’s largest antelope. Discover a hero who kept Gorongosa alive after the war.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Episode 4 | Hidden Worlds | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Bob Poole and a team of scientists estimate that the park may hold Africa'’s largest croc population. Rappelling into deep gorges, they discover forests full of new species and unexplored caves, putting Gorongosa on the map as one of Africa'’s last frontiers.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Episode 5 | Battle Lines | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    A new lion’ arrival sparks a conflict among Gorongosa’s dominant lions. Joyce Poole has questions about the mysterious behavior of Gorongosa’s elephants, and Bob Poole tastes the danger of crop-raiding elephants.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Episode 6 | Roaring Back | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    When Bob Poole returns to Gorongosa, he discovers a huge nesting colony of water birds. He resumes his search for the lion cubs that went missing. After many sleepless nights, he finally meets the park'’s new cubs -- the future of lions in Gorongosa.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Animal Mutualism | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about animal mutualism in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Wildlife cameraman Bob Poole has been living in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique for a while now. He gives us a tour of his day-to-day life, surrounded by a variety of wild neighbors in the park's main camp headquarters. The camps fences keep the big predators out. Though during the day many animals make there way through the parks gates in search of safer pastures.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Artificial Selection | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about artificial selection in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Elephant Researcher Joyce Poole explores a rare genetic mutation that has become all to prevalent in Gorongosa's elephants. The civil war in Mozambique didn't just shape elephants' behavior, it shaped their bodies. As the conflict spread through the park, soldiers killed elephants for their tusks. The ivory would be used to buy guns and supplies and feed hungry troops. The female elephants that survived were mostly tuskless and now those females are producing tuskless daughters.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Biodiversity | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about biodiversity in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Gorongosa's is attracting scientists from around the world to understand what happens to an ecosystem when it loses most of its big grazers. Harvard insect expert, Piotr Naskrecki is looking to the micro scale for answers. While sweeping the grasses with his net he discovers a surprising hero that kept Gorongosa alive after the war. Bob learns for Gorongosa to heal it needs all the players, big and small.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Bird Colonies | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about bird colonies in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Wildlife cameraman Bob Poole returns to a transformed Gorongosa National Park -- the annual rains have flooded the plains and forests, turning what was a dustbowl into a water world. Bob mounts a boating expedition to explore the park at this special time of year and discovers a huge nesting colony of water birds (Yellow and Open Billed Storks, Cormorants) that proves to be one of the greatest birding spectacles in Africa. He spends weeks up a tree hoping to film Yellow Billed Stork eggs hatching.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Changing Seasons | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about weather cycles in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. As the dry season heats up, the park's scenery and wildlife go through a massive transformation. Known as 'the great evaporation', the parks flooded planes turn to dust as animals are forced to congregate around dangerous waterholes. The catfish, in a last ditch effort to survive, bury themselves into the mud. Those that survive will only surface again months later when the rains come.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Community Collaboration | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about community collaboration in Mozambique from this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Park warden Mateus Mutemba steps in to mitigate the parks elephant crop raiding problem, and eases tensions by suggesting a boundary fence is built to protect the corn fields.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Croc Capture | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about crocodile field research in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Flying over the north of the park Bob discovers remote rivers choked with enormous crocs. He's never seen so many in his life. He brings in croc experts, Sven Bourquin and Vince Shacks to investigate. But it's not only their numbers they're surprised by but also how they're behaving. It's the beginning of mating season and there should be lots of territorial aggression. But there's not. To figure out what's going on here they need to catch one. They set a trap and on the first night they catch a giant. It's the biggest croc the guys have ever caught. But they need to get it out of the trap to get samples. And that's when the real challenge begins.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Dispersion | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about dispersion in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Gorongosa's wildlife population took a hard hit during the civil war. Few species were hit as hard as the parks wildebeest. Wildlife cameraman, Bob Poole comes across a lone male scent marking his territory to attract females and ward off the competition. Unbeknown to this male, there aren't any other wildebeest for miles around. His story is not unique, lots of other big grazers share the same fate. Park vet Rui Branco and Ryan Long head out on a mission to collar a Kudo. The tracking data will provide invaluable information as to why these big grazers and recovering.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elephant Behavior | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about elephant behavior in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Bob is forced to confront his fears and his past to team up with his sister Joyce Poole, a world-renowned elephant expert. She launches a multi-year study of Gorongosa's unique elephants, and her work requires her to spend time getting to know the elephants as individuals. Together, Bob and Joyce set about trying to identify the individual elephants in the park, and have multiple run-ins with a particularly aggressive matriarch they call Crumpled-Ear.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Food Webs | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about food webs in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Gorongosa's lack of top predators took a massive hit during the civil conflict. Snaring and the decimation of their favorite prey animals saw what was a lion stronghold to the brink of local extinction. But this didn't just effect the lions, many animals rely on these big predators to survive. Bob Poole comes across a flock of vultures. They've found a fresh Kudu carcass that seems to have died of natural causes, the problem is, without lions or hyenas to tear open the tough hide the vultures can't get to the meat. Interspecies dependencies like these demonstrate just how fragile these habitats are.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Human Elephant Conflict | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about conflicts between humans and elephants in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. In the south of the park, another conflict is bubbling over ' between local farmers and crop raiding bull elephants. Greg Carr, president of the Gorongosa Restoration Project, joins Ranger Marcelino Denja on a tense helicopter mission to chase a group of bulls away from a local village and back into the park. It only spares the fields for the afternoon, however, so Ranger Denja assembles a special team to protect the fields across the river overnight. Bob joins them to see the problem up close and gets a taste of the danger crop raiding poses to people and elephants alike.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Impala Rut | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about impala ruts in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. At the beginning of winter, the impala have gone into what is called the rut. As their testosterone levels go through the roof, the mature males go horn-to-horn in a fight for dominance. As intense as it looks, they rarely kill each other but the fighting can be fatal for another reason: they're distracted and Gorongosa's lions don't give a free pass for rutting.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Indicator Species | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about indicator species in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Bob Poole and a team of scientists embark on an expedition into Gorongosa's little explored limestone gorges. The team are on the look out for small mammals and reptiles known as indicator species. Frogs for example are very sensitive animals. If you have any kind of disturbance, let's say a low availability of water, you will only notice that among elephants a year later, whereas frogs will respond immediately.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Keystone Species | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

    Learn about keystone species and the Gorongosa lion mystery in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. After a decade of work by the restoration team, many of the original animal species have rebounded to impressive numbers. Its unclear if the lions have recovered too. The mystery: with so much prey to eat, why is Gorongosa's lion population not growing as fast as it should? Because lions are an important keystone species in the ecosystem, and a big draw for tourists, their recovery is critical to the success of the entire restoration effort.

    Grades: 6-12

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