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African Odyssey - Region-free National Geographic DVD

African Odyssey - Region-free National Geographic DVD
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Model: Region-free DVD
Manufacturer: National Geographic
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“Mark and Delia Owens devoted their lives to study the brown hyena and the lion in the African wilderness”

American scientists Mark and Delia Owens brought international attention to an alarming die-off of thousands of African animals during the late 1970s.
Their books with haunting photographs of piles of dead wildebeest and elephant and lion carcases not only put wildlife preservation high on the international agenda, it also resulted in their eviction from their adopted homeland by the Botswana government.

This National Geographic documentary is the story of their work, their departure from Botswana, and their search for a new study site. It looks at Mark and Delia’s motivation, enthusiasm, hardships, disappointments and successes. It is expertly narrated by Peter Coyote.

Between 1974 and 1980, the two wildlife conservationists carried out pioneering carnivore research on lions, the rare, brown hyenas, and other animals in Botswana’s wild Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
They devoted their lives to the study of wild animals, especially the wildest and most ferocious of all, the lion. They gained the trust of the lions and brown hyenas and gathered data through close-up contact and radio tracking of collared animals. Mark and Delia try to understand the threat to the survival of Kalahari wildlife.

After publishing a number of books and other publications, the Owens returned to the US to work on their graduate degrees, to publicise their work and to seek further funding.
In 1985 they returned to Deception Valley in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana with new equipment, new ideas and new enthusiasm. The documentary captures their excitement in finding their camp still in tact after almost five years.

Their euphoria was short-lived, however. After their first year back in the Kalahari, the Botswana Government refused to renew their residence permits and gave them literally only hours to leave the country. Mark and Delia had to rely on friends and other scientists to retrieve their belongings and vehicle from their camp in the bush.

Before they are expelled, Mark and Delia are seen at work, tracking and darting lions at night, examining them and fitting them with radio collars. On one occasion, they track a male lion for three days and nights. The sight of a pride of lions at very close range, in the headlights of the Owens’ Land Rover, makes for compelling viewing.

Their study of the behaviour of the secretive brown hyena involves face-to-face contact (literally) with these shy and rare animals. The camera follows Mark and Delia from trees, river beds and mountain tops to the dens and underground lairs of these predators and scavengers.

After leaving Botswana in a hurry, Mark and Delia set out to explore neighbouring Zambia. First they explore the Kafue Game Park, but they discover huge pressures on the wildlife from the growing population, poachers, cattle herding and tourism. The international trade in bush meat has turned poaching into the biggest problem for Zambia’s game parks.

The Owens would like to work with the Zambian government on conservation of the remaining wildlife. They believe that by making the local population benefit from the game reserves and from conservation, their life style will be preserved and the wildlife parks will receive the necessary protection and resources from central government.

Mark and Delia travel further in their search for undisturbed wildlife until they discover the lush North Luanga Park. This still teems with wildlife and does not display any evidence of poaching. Here the couple settles and continue their study.

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Region:             Region 0 (all regions, region-free)

Video format:     NTSC

Sound:              Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo

Language:         English or Chinese (select from menu)

Subtitles:          English or Chinese or none (select from menu)

Menu:               Chinese (English translation will be supplied)

Screen size:      Full screen (4:3 aspect ratio)

Duration:           53 mins approx



This DVD is produced in NTSC video format and is region-free - it is guaranteed to play in all Region 2 and Region 1 DVD players. This DVD will play in DVD players worldwide. If in doubt, please contact us.

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