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Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

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Watch it early on PBS desktop, mobile and OTT platforms! All six episodes will be available for early streaming for one week beginning Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

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.