|CHALLENGE OF CHANGE|
For much of the year the African Savannah bakes under the oppressive Equatorial sun. The dryness is unusual for the Equator, whose regions are often covered with dense rainforests and associated with a seasonless annual cycle.But the Savannah is a product of unique circumstances, of profound geological events that have combined to create a habitat for many of Africa’s iconic mammal species. Thirty million years ago part of east Africa was torn apart. Massive volcanic activity combined to form the beginnings of what would be the Great Rift Valley. Over millions of years the valley widened and grew longer, spreading north and south for more than 4,500 kilometres. The resulting mountain ranges rose 3000 metres, blocking clouds coming from the west and creating a rain shadow over east Africa. Equatorial Africa can be very unexpected, and its animals are still evolving, and adapting to the challenge of change. In Tsavo, where it is hotter than other places on the savannah, male lions have lost their usual symbol of dominance, their mane, to keep as cool as possible. And in Gabon, forest animals such as elephants feed on mangrove seeds washed up on the beach, and hippos swim in the surf....
Wildlife Asia Film Festival Best Cinematography
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New Zealand Wild Festival Special Jury Prize Hi Def
New York Film Festival Best Photography, Best Soundmix, Best Educational Value