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Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

Experience the incredible and inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of an Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman. American-born, African-raised Bob Poole embarks on an amazing adventure: spending two years living in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Southern Africa, joining scientists and conservationists in the battle to re-wild this once-legendary national park. The fabric of life across this million-acre paradise was shredded during a long civil war. Now, teams of international and Mozambican scientists and conservationists have assembled to repair it. It's one of the most ambitious wilderness restoration projects ever attempted.

This is no ordinary filming assignment for Poole. Instead of just staying behind the lens filming the action, he gets roped in and becomes a core part of it. He helps scientists dart and track the park's elusive lions, decode the behavior of the park's elephants, wrestle and study massive crocs, and truck in herds of animals to replace the ones that were lost during the civil war. In addition to giving us stunning images of Africa's iconic wildlife, large and small, hoofed and winged, Bob Poole and Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise takes us by the scruff of the neck into one of the most exciting conservation stories happening in the world today.

Having grown up in Kenya, but now living in Idaho, Poole was keen to return to the Africa of his idyllic childhood. And this assignment fulfills his life-long dream of working in an African national park — combining his passion for conservation with his lifelong career filming the world's beautiful but vulnerable wild animals.

Show Info

Network: United States PBS (2015 - 2015)
Schedule: Tuesdays at 20:00 (60 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: ActionAdventureNature
Episodes ordered: 6 episodes

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Previous Episode

Roaring Back

Episode 1x06; Oct 6, 2015

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.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x06: Roaring BackOct 6, 2015
1x05: Battle LinesOct 6, 2015
1x04: Hidden WorldsSep 29, 2015
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