Starting From Scratch

A new PBS series brings us into post–civil war Mozambique and the country's effort to rebuild its ecosystems.

September 19, 2015

Once teeming with biodiversity and tourism, Gorongosa National Park was ravaged by Mozambique’s 15-year civil war. The conflict killed, injured, and displaced millions of people, while habitat destruction and poaching decimated large animal populations by more than 90 percent. But gladly, the story doesn’t end there.

A 20-year partnership between the Mozambican government and American philanthropist Greg Carr is giving the park and its surroundings a new shot at life through a unique blend of conservation biology and human-development initiatives. And it’s working—just three years after wildlife reintroduction began in 2006, numbers of most species had risen by 40 percent.

Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise, a six-part series airing on PBS, follows wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole as he spends two years bearing witness to the ongoing rewilding of the iconic landscape. The series premières on TV September 22, or you can watch the digital release online now. 

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