Science and Nature

Gorongosa Park

Experience the inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Bob Poole. Darting lions, wrestling crocs, facing down angry elephants - it's all part of a day's work as he joins the battle to re-wild a legendary national park.

Episode 5 | Battle Lines

55m 11s

A new lion’s arrival sparks a conflict among Gorongosa’s dominant lions. Joyce Poole has questions about the mysterious behavior of Gorongosa’s elephants, and Bob Poole tastes the danger of crop-raiding elephants.

Episodes

  • Episode 6 | Roaring Back: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 6 | Roaring Back

    S1 E6 - 54m 41s

    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.

  • Episode 5 | Battle Lines: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 5 | Battle Lines

    S1 E5 - 55m 11s

    A new lion’s arrival sparks a conflict among Gorongosa’s dominant lions. Joyce Poole has questions about the mysterious behavior of Gorongosa’s elephants, and Bob Poole tastes the danger of crop-raiding elephants.

  • Episode 4 | Hidden Worlds: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 | Hidden Worlds

    S1 E4 - 55m 11s

    Bob Poole and a team of scientists estimate that the park may hold Africa’s largest croc population. Rappelling into deep gorges, they discover forests full of new species and unexplored caves, putting Gorongosa on the map as one of Africa’s last frontiers.

  • Episode 3 | New Blood: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 | New Blood

    S1 E3 - 55m 11s

    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. Discover a hero who kept Gorongosa alive after the war.

  • Episode 2 | Elephant Whisperer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 | Elephant Whisperer

    S1 E2 - 55m 11s

    Bob Poole and his sister, Joyce, a renowned elephant expert, face charging elephants to gain insights into elephant behavior. Meanwhile, Mt. Gorongosa is taken over by a group of rebel soldiers, creating a tense air of uncertainty and fear in the park.

  • Episode 1 | Lion Mystery: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 1 | Lion Mystery

    S1 E1 - 55m 11s

    Bob Poole joins scientist Paola Bouley as she tries to solve a baffling mystery: Why isn’t Gorongosa’s lion population growing? By filming the lions, Poole hopes to help, following five cheeky lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.

Extras + Features

  • Losing Track of Time in the Drowned Forest: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Losing Track of Time in the Drowned Forest

    S1 E6 - 2m 14s

    From Episode 6 | Roaring Back | Wildlife cameraman Bob Poole takes a tour in a traditional dugout canoe through Gorongosa's flooded forest. Hear why he thinks Gorongosa is one of the greatest national parks in Africa.

  • Preview | Episode 6 | Roaring Back: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview | Episode 6 | Roaring Back

    S1 E6 - 30s

    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.

  • Preview | Episode 5 | Battle Lines: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview | Episode 5 | Battle Lines

    S1 E5 - 30s

    A new lion’s arrival sparks a conflict among Gorongosa’s dominant lions. Joyce Poole has questions about the mysterious behavior of the Gorongosa’s elephants, and Bob Poole tastes the danger of crop-raiding elephants. Joyce has a breakthrough with the elephants.

  • Elephants Don't Forget, But They Can Forgive : asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Elephants Don't Forget, But They Can Forgive

    S1 E5 - 3m 8s

    From Episode 5 | Battle Lines | Ravaged by civil conflict, the park's elephants are wary. An elephant doesn't forget, but, in time, perhaps they can forgive. Elephant expert Joyce Poole meets the main matriarch, Provocadora, of Gorongosa's elephant family.

  • Facing Fears of Elephants: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Facing Fears of Elephants

    S1 E5 - 1m 24s

    From Episode 5 | Battle Lines | Park Guide Jose Montinho grew up with scary stories about elephants. Now, he's learning how to understand them and conquer his childhood fear.

  • Ants That Can't Walk: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ants That Can't Walk

    S1 E5 - 1m 23s

    From Episode 5 | Battle Lines | Ant expert Leeanne Alonso digs into a tree's bark to look for ants. What she finds is a wonder of adaptive evolution: ants with legs too short to walk.

  • Preview | Episode 4 | Hidden Worlds: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview | Episode 4 | Hidden Worlds

    S1 E4 - 30s

    Bob Poole and a team of scientists estimate that the park may hold Africa’s largest croc population. Rappelling into deep gorges, they discover forests full of new species and unexplored caves, putting Gorongosa on the map as one of Africa’s last frontiers.

  • How to Pack a Monster Chomp: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to Pack a Monster Chomp

    S1 E4 - 2m 15s

    From Episode 4 | Hidden Worlds | Using a massive crocodile skull, crocodile scientist Sven Bourquin shows wildlife cameraman Bob Poole how crocodiles bite.

  • Belly Rub Fit for a Kingfisher: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Belly Rub Fit for a Kingfisher

    S1 E4 - 1m 29s

    From Episode 4 | Hidden Worlds | Bird expert Greg Davies hears a lot more in a bird's call than a pretty song, and shows off his incredible skill. Watch as he reveals what these most extraordinary calls can teach us about an ecosystem.

  • Delicious, Nutritious … Poop: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Delicious, Nutritious … Poop

    S1 E4 - 1m

    From Episode 4 | Hidden Worlds | Beetle expert Bruno De Medeiros uses human excrement to bait his beetle traps.

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