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Endangered Species

A Sea of Trouble

This is a dramatic and fascinating documentary on the rise and fall of the West Coast tuna fishing industry and the untold story of the efforts by tuna fishermen to save dolphins and minimize their entrapment in tuna nets. Also looks at contemporary methods used by tuna fishermen to save dolphins. 1995. 33 min.

At the Threshold of Eternity (1977).

Protection and survival of endangered species are illustrated through current recovery program for peregrine falcons, greenback cutthroat trout, river otters and white pelicans. 3/4" UMATIC. 27 min.

Big Fish, Little Fish (Only One Earth; 6).

Examines the Solomon Island's attempts to help their economy by developing their tuna fishing industry. Discusses their conservation efforts, effects on the Islanders and problems with poachers from other nations. 1987. 30 min.

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction

Investigates the growing threat posed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet. Examines the primary drivers of species loss: habitat destruction, global warming, pollution, and invasive species, all the result of human population and our consumption patterns. Features commentary by leading scientists, social scientists, environmentalists and others. Directed by Monte Thompson. c2010. 58 min.

Chimps R Us

A five part program focusing on chimpanzees. It opens with an interview with zoologist Jane Goodall about her remarkable life among the chimps and then visits a chimpanzee sanctuary where psychologist David Bjorklund is investigating how young chimps learn. Primate behaviourist Frans de Waal observes the social behavior of a group of chimps living at the Yerkes Regional Primate Center in Atlanta. In the next segment David Bjorklund tests two young chimps for the ability to think abstractly while at Ohio State University, Sally Boysen demonstrates these skills in chimps.

End of the Line

Charts the devastating ecological impact of overfishing by interweaving both local and global stories of sharply declining fish populations, including the imminent extinction of the bluefin tuna, and illuminates how our modern fishing capacities far outstrip the survival abilities of any ocean species. Scientists explain how this depletion has slipped under the public radar and outline the catastrophic future that awaits us -- an ocean without fish by 2048 -- if we do not adjust our fishing and consumption practices.

Gorilla Murders

Follows the dramatic story of the race to save the remaining endangered gorillas in Congo's Virunga National Park. Director, Michael Davie. 2008. 50 min.

Killing Coyote

This documentary looks at how the coyote is viewed as a predator by ranchers and hunters while conservationists are trying to responsibly monitor the coyote population. Interviews are conducted with wildlife conservationists, ranchers, hunters, and others who give opposing viewpoints regarding the value of the coyote. The contemporary sport of coyote hunting is presented along with local government hearings on this issue. 2000. 83 min.

Milking the Rhino

A ferocious kill on the Serengeti; warnings about endangered species... These cliches of nature films ignore a key landscape feature: villagers just off-camera who endure the dangers and costs of living with wild animals. The Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibia's Himba -- two of earth's oldest cattle cultures -- are emerging from a century of 'white man's conservation,' which threw them off their lands, banned subsistence hunting and fueled resentment. They are discovering that earnings from wildlife tourism can rival the benefits of livestock. But change is not easy.

Oil on Ice

A documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich'in people and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem. Discusses the conflict between the oil industry and environmentalists over the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Produced and directed by Dale Djerassi and Bo Boudart. 2004. 90 min.