Serengeti Documentary Shows Hope for the Environment

August 9th, 2019 by

On Sunday, August 4, the first episode of Discovery’  Channel’s highly anticipated epic family summer event “Serengeti” was presented by the Jeep brand. The commercial-free series exclusive is presenting a sponsor. “Serengeti” is a six-episode, weekly one-hour series.

“Serengeti” presents inspiring journeys through the views of the animals in the Serengeti who knows the land best. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’ o, hit-maker Simon Fuller from pop culture, immersive natural history producer John Downer and in partnership with the BBC, the Discovery Channel. Rivals will tear families apart, and the elements will put them all to the test.

The Jeep brand financed the Discovery Channel’s sweepstakes, giving someone the chance of winning $20,000 toward their adventure with Serengeti at John Downer, Productions and XIX Entertainment made Serengeti, and it was ordered for BBC TV by Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual and Natural History. The landmark series is created and produced by Fuller, and it’s directed and produced by Downer, and Nancy Daniels and Howard Swartz serve as executive producer for Discovery Channel. 

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Located in the Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the regions of Mara and Simiyu is the Serengeti National Park. It’s famous for the annual relocation of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest. There are 250,000 zebra, Nile crocodile, and honey badgers in the National Park.

The Maasai people had been cropping their livestock in the open plains of eastern Mara Region. For about 200 years, when the first European explorer came, they named them the “endless plains.” The definition for “Serengeti” is “the place where the land runs on forever,” which is used by the Maasai to describe the area, siringit.

The first American to enter the Serengeti was Stewart Edward White, and he recorded his explorations when he was in the northern Serengeti. He returned to Serengeti in the 1920s and camped in the area around Seronera for three months. During that time, he and his companions shot 50 lions.

The hunting of lions made them deficient. The British colonial administration made a partial reserve of 800 acres in the area in 1921 and a full one in 1929. These actions were the basis for the Serengeti National Park, which was set in 1951.

The Serengeti obtained more fame in the1950s after the initial work of Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael. Together, they produced the film and the book Serengeti Shall Not Die, which is acknowledged as an important early piece of the nature conservation documentary.

To conserve the wildlife, the British evicted the resident Maasai from the park. They were moved to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 1959. There is controversy surrounding the move, with claims made of deceit and coercion on the part of the colonial authorities.

Tanzania is the oldest national park and remains the flagship of the country’s tourism industry, providing a significant draw to the Northern Safari Circuit encompassing Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha National Park. It has more than 1 million wildebeest and over 2,500 lions.

The Neoproterozoic Ikorongo Group consists of sandstone, shale, and siltstone, form linear ridges. The southeast portion of the park contains Oldoinyo Lengai Holocene-aged volcanic ash and Ngorongoro Neogene-aged volcanic. The Mara, Grometi, Mbalageti, and Orangi rivers flow westward to Lake Victoria, while the Oldupai River flows eastward into the Olbalbal Swamps.

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