Films on Endangered Species

Endangered Animals

Documentary “Nature” Series 2009 TV-PG. This episode of the popular documentary series spotlights scientists who are working to increase the population of Yangtze turtles and other endangered species by breeding them in captivity and then introducing their offspring to the wild. Narrated by acclaimed actor F. Murray Abraham, the program also chronicles the ongoing challenges faced by these slowly recovering species, such as a dwindling gene pool and rapid habitat loss.

Save the Endangered Species

Documentary 2003 NR 150 minutes. Tag along with scientists, animal lovers and activists as they work to save endangered species from extinction. This inspiring nature series examines the struggles for survival of the Humboldt penguin, the grizzly bear, the macaw and the elephant. By shedding light on major environmental problems like poaching and pollution, this program aims to inspire viewers to take action and protect the planet.

Endangered Species

Documentary 1997 G 335 minutes. Tasked with stopping international trafficking of endangered species’ body parts along with rare plants and insects, the Endangered Species Protection Unit works diligently to protect the world’s most threatened plants and animals. This fascinating program takes a look at some of the criminals they have apprehended, including rhino horn poachers, cobra and parrot smugglers, leopard skin traders and many more.

Virunga

Documentary 2014 TV-14 100 minutes.  In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas, an endangered species numbering only 800. Here, an embattled team of park rangers that includes an ex-child soldier and a Belgian prince, risk their lives to protect this UNESCO World Heritage Site from armed rebels, poachers, and even corporations trying to wrest control of Congo’s rich natural resources. Filled with heroes and villains, at the heart is the dwindling habitat of the Virunga Park and the mountain gorillas caught between war and corporate interests.  Deeply moving and emotional, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once. Seeing the rangers and caretakers dedicate their lives to saving this wonderful park and animals is truly inspirational.  These people put themselves in immense danger on a daily basis to protect the gorillas.   Whatever reasons the British company SOCO may have had for this oil exploration venture, the end result of their presence is undeniable, and horrific. I am convinced that they will be held in judgement if they continue feeding the unrest and disruption in the Congo and Virunga. SOCO, please cut your losses and help stabilize this region. You are wrong!  As the journalist in the film says, however, the biggest tragedy would be for people to learn what’s going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then to return to their lives and do nothing. Please insist that SOCO give up all oil exploration rights in perpetuity.  Please consider divesting all of the oil company stock in your portfolio. Please encourage lawmakers in the US to eliminate our reliance on petrol. Documentaries have the capacity to change minds and hearts! Let’s demand change together!  Thank you for bringing us this exceptional film and for raising awareness.  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  The best documentary I’ve seen in a very long time.  Please donate to Virunga National Park.

Jane’s Journey

Docudrama 2010 NR 1hr 46m. This inspiring biopic relates the lifelong crusade of chimp researcher Jane Goodall, moving from England to the Tanzanian jungle where her work began. Nearly half a century later, Goodall continues to visit the animals that ignited her passion.

The End of the Line

Documentary 2009 PG 1hr 22m. Filmmaker Rupert Murray traverses the world exposing the devastating effects that overfishing with modern technology is having on fish stocks and exploring the real solutions to solve the crisis. the film’s point that overfishing 1) occurs, and 2) has dire repercussions. International fishing guidelines are regularly ignored by poachers and individual governments to astonishing degrees; in some cases, the suggested maximum catch is exceeded by tenfold or more. Overfishing can result in 1) ecological disasters, as when a species goes extinct or becomes endangered it can have consequences such as increase of algae or other such biological problems that wreak more havoc than one would imagine; and 2) significant loss of jobs, as if there are no fish to catch there are no fishermen to employ.

Sushi: The Global Catch

Documentary 2012 NR 1hr 14m. This documentary traces the history of sushi from its origins as Japanese street food to its current status as an internationally popular cuisine.

Whale Wars

Reality Series 2008-2010 TV-14. Dedicated to obstructing the Japanese whaling fleet, the crew of the MV Steve Irwin deliberately put themselves in harm’s way in this drama-packed reality program, leading to some frightening high-seas confrontations.

The Whale Warrior
Pirate for the Sea

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr 40m. Explore the controversial career and tactics of militant marine conservationist Paul Watson in this documentary that profiles his rise as an activist and his most daring attempts to stop hunters from illegally slaughtering sea creatures.

To the Last Fish

Documentary Frontline 1991. Correspondent Al Austin looks at the mass environmental destruction of the world’s fisheries caused by new technologies in the fishing industry. Interviews with fishermen, businessmen, scientists, and government leaders reveal how the vital marine resource is in a dangerous state of decline.

Grey Owl

Docudrama 1999 PG-13 117 minutes.  This biopic stars Pierce Brosnan as Archie Grey Owl, a British-born trapper whose marriage to a young Iroquois woman ultimately transforms him into a conservationist who renounces the hunting and trapping of animals, especially beavers as an endangered species, in the 1930s forty years before the environmental movement of the 1770s.

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