Champions of the Wild: Nazinga Game Reserve
International development experts laughed when Clark Lungren told them he had a plan to save the wildlife of southern Burkina Faso, in West Africa. It's a good thing Lungren didn't listen. Today the Nazinga Game Reserve is home to a burgeoning population of elephants and other creatures once rare in the region. Nazinga's success comes thanks to local know-how and the amazing regenerative powers of nature. Local village culture had always been based on hunting, but poaching had exterminated much of the wildlife. So Lungren struck a deal: the villagers would help save the animals, and they would have the right to hunt a few to feed their families. It worked. Today tourists come to see the magnificent elephants--and some of the game wardens and guides are reformed poachers. It's a remarkable story that speaks of the healing power of nature and of the ability of humans to turn around a desperate situation.
1999, 23 min 28 s
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