A major feature film on the most sophisticated and difficult efforts worldwide to rescue habitat and species from extinction. Filmed throughout many of the 35 biological hot-spots on the planet.




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Credited cast:
Jean-Philippe Boubli ...
Himself (as Dr. Jean-Philippe Boubli)
Donald Brightsmith ...
Joel D. Despain ...
Himself (as Dr. Joel D. Despain)
Brian Foster ...
Himself (as Dr. Brian Foster)
William Paul Jansen ...
Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier ...
Juliana Mittermeier ...
Michael Mittermeier ...
Russell A. Mittermeier ...
Dr. James Reardon ...
Raymond M. Sauvajot ...
Himself (as Dr. Raymond M. Sauvajot)
Christoph Schwitzer ...
Himself (as Dr. Christoph Schwitzer)
Nora Schwitzer ...
Herself (as Dr. Nora Schwitzer)
James B. Seaton III ...
Himself (as Colonel James B. Seaton III)
Debra M. Shier Grether ...
Herself (as Dr. Debra M. Shier Grether)


This expeditionary feature film looks at numerous primates, avians, rodents, insects, reptiles, amphibians, unique plants, and human cultural artifacts, some never before filmed. While stylistically incorporating behind-the-scenes realities of conservation film making itself, the feature is driven by an analysis of representative key critical habitats throughout the world most in need of conservation efforts; of techniques that are working to save the most number of threatened, endangered and vulnerable species and genera; and the future outlooks for numerous regions across the planet where there is a good likelihood that well-tuned science, community conservation, government commitment, and informed philanthropic choices can make all the difference. Rare lemurs, plants, and chameleons in Madagascar; the last few endemic shrub and reptilian species on Easter Island (Chile); extraordinary primates and avifauna in Southeastern Peru; primates verging on extinction in three states of ... Written by Michael Tobias

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2 November 2008 (USA)  »

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$600,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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amazing real stories of saving endangered species
21 October 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

this two-part doc has such a beauty to it, you just want to fall in love with Nature even if you've hardly ever noticed it (I think that was a big part of their way to entice you with their idea : show people how beautiful Nature can be, and maybe they'll be a little more concerned about it) It's pretty unbelievable that no one's reviewed this little masterpiece of a film or even voted on it. When you watch these amazing people going to these remote spots trying to preserve dying species, you may feel a tiny tinge of meaningless in your own life...

And why should we preserve extremely rare animals that were here long before us - the sad Corporation with their greedy green eyes says(the many of them who are directly involved with or who have a definite interest in clearing land of all that troublesome "bush") - maybe just BECAUSE they were here long before us and we don't know what's going to happen if we continue to reduce our bio-diversity - O.K. MONEYMAN!!!???

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