Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise
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Watch starting Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8pm on WMHT-TV
GORONGOSA PARK provides an experience unlike that available to any other tourist or visitor. Viewers will see Joyce Poole’s vivid re-enactment of an unusually aggressive elephant attack; ride along with the research team at night as they fit GPS trackers onto the manes of lions, bracing for possible attacks from others in the pride; and discover a huge aggregation of some of the largest crocodiles in Africa.
Episodes 1 & 2, “Lion Mystery” and “Elephant Whisperer” - Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8pm
In the premiere episodes, Bob Poole joins Gorongosa scientist Paola Bouley as she tries to solve a baffling mystery: Why isn’t Gorongosa’s lion population growing? Poole’s lens captures five cheeky lion cubs on their journey to adulthood. Then, he and his sister Joyce, a renowned elephant expert, face charging elephants to gain insights into their behavior. Viewers get a sense of the park’s ongoing, real danger, as Mt. Gorongosa is taken over by a group of rebel soldiers.
Episodes 3 & 4, “New Blood” and “Hidden Worlds” - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 8pm
In these next two hours, 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. Then, Poole and a team of scientists estimate that the park may hold Africa’s largest crocodile population. Rappelling into deep gorges, they discover forests full of new species and unexplored caves.
Episodes 5 & 6,“Battle Lines” and “Roaring Back” - Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8pm
In the final episodes, Joyce Poole makes a breakthrough with the elephants in Gorongosa, while her brother Bob spends a night chasing a group of crop-raiding elephants. A new lion arrives, sparking a conflict among Gorongosa’s dominant lions. Then, after many sleepless nights, the team is relieved to find a pair of lion cubs that had gone missing. These two are the future of lions in Gorongosa.