Mountain Gorilla [DVD]
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A detailed, insightful portrayal of our endangered relative.
Only discovered a century ago, mountain gorillas inhabit a fragile world. A small number of families cling to existence on the forested peaks of isolated volcanoes in three war-torn countries, surrounded on all sides by a growing human population. Using exclusive access and the latest technology, this extraordinary trilogy seeks to understand more about the lives, the history and the uncertain future of this charismatic species. Alongside captivating footage of the gorillas themselves, we meet the dedicated teams of vets, rangers, researchers and conservationists that all work together to raise awareness of this unique species – but their dedicated work will only succeed with the support of all those who share the land with them.
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As well as following the current dynamic and charasmatic individuals and groups the programmes also offer contextual and relevant historical background, often with archive footage, of some of the elder surviving members and Diane Fossey who laid the foundations for the ongoing work which shows the life cycle of gorillas and external pressures which exist and impact upon their continuing existence.
The environments are stunning and quite diverse from the forests at the bottom of the mountains to the cooler wetter lush summit and associated temperature extremes. The fact that there are any gorillas left at all living in small pockets of the three aforementioned countries whose human populations have had to experience atrocity after atrocity resulting from political instability, genocide, long and enduring civil wars (at the height of Congo's war there were up to 25 different armed factions fighting) is testament to the resoursefulness and endurability of these apes, the incredible work a small number of individuals have been involved in for 40 years and probably geographical good fortune as far as the mountain range which limits human encrouchment and allows relatively easy transference across three borders. It was interesting seeing some of the gorillas that had crossed over from the Congo many with damaged or missing limbs and digits as a result of the use of snares although illegal snare use is an ongoing problem within all areas gorillas forage.
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Our close 'Relatives' are strongly protected by a talented and very well equipped 'Army' of Rangers and Vets, a 'Unit' of nonfatigable People working for this noble cause.
Pity that a great number of Humans in Africa don't have access to this level of Healthcare and Dedication...
This important Documentary shows unforgetable moments of the Life of three of the several Gorilla Families, located in the Mountains of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda, and the efforts of all those who work behind and outside the Gates of this formidable Compound.
In many ways these amazing Creatures are very similar to Us! Inteligence, Behavior, Expressivity as joy, grieve, anger and sexual desire...
A young Female in estrous ( short period of fertility ), looking directly in the eye of a Dominant Silverback asking for a mate! Something I've never seen before!
Concerning Parenthood among great Apes, Gorilla wins the prize. The Dominant Males Silverback take good care of their young in Family Groups, assuming the roles of Paternity in Mothers absence never abandoning their Infants.
They can even adopt orphans protecting them until Death.
We can see the strategy of a 17 year old Silverback fighting his own Father of 35 year old, for the Dominance of the Group...and so on...
Very very interesting!...
Tourism is questionable because Gorilla is very sensitive to Human disease. Though it means the guarantee of the Species' Survival and at the same time Work and Local Living Conditions for surrouding People.
Everything was said about the 3 Episodes in other reviews. I will not repeat it.
Extremely beautiful aerial views of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda Rainforests, Farmlands and Virunga Volcanoes.
Extremely beautiful Picture as in DVD as in Blu-Ray.
Remarkable Narrative by Patrick Stewart.
One more Great Work of BBC!
One slight negative is that the Blu Ray is only 1080i.
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Just wonderful to get up and close to these magnificent creatures. The narration is adequate, and picture quality excellent. Read morePublished 17 months ago by an acquaintance
Better than expected. Patrick Stewart's narration is soothing and enthusiastic. Wasn't expecting this documentary to be as interesting and personal as it is. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Pendlebury
very educational if you like documentries on animals i bought it for my son in law who really enjoyed itPublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Carol Arnett
Love the Mt. Gorilla and, this is a fine , sympathetic account about this wonderful mammal.
Beautiful photography. A good buy