On The Brink: Preserving Endangered Species
On The Brink: Preserving Endangered Species
On The Brink: Preserving Endangered Species
Item#: ONT-1039
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Running Time: 200 minutes
4 x 50 minutes each
Gr. 6 - Adult
Closed Captioned
Produced by Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ)


Natural History New Zealand is one of the world's leading producers of nature and science programming. The Video Project is proud to announce our partnership with NHNZ to distribute selected programs.


"Editors' Choice."
–Science Books & Films


"Highly Recommended. Tigers: Fighting Back provides a glimpse to the hidden world of these magnificent animals. This film is about the efforts of conservationists working in partnership with scientists to save the remaining big cats from disappearing. It is highly recommended for collections on wildlife, conservation and biology."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"Recommended. A good addition to school district video collections. One of its strong points is that it focuses on the research the biologists are undertaking with tigers. As the DVD points out, the way to save tigers will be found not in science alone, but by using the knowledge and passion of the local people."
- Science Books and Films (AAAS)

"A valuable look at dedicated biologists at work. The work of the biologists is shown in some detail...the scope of the project and the difficulty of the task are well-delineated."
- School Library Journal


"Recommended. Some good lessons are presented on survival issues and conservation efforts in the wild. The life history of the species is well detailed, showing all aspects of the young and adult pandas, including their diet, growth rate, mating, and birthing. The DVD is nicely scripted and the video footage is excellent."
- Science Books and Films (AAAS)

"Recommended. Documents the first six months in the life of panda twins born on the Reserve, where a rescued wild panda mom and a veterinarian share the burden of swap-raising the twin cubs. The documentary also provides a great deal of information about the biology, behavior, diet and reproductive habits of the giant panda."
- Educational Media Reviews Online


"Recommended. The film captures the dedication of Chinese scientists and their efforts to re-introduce a once wild species back into the wild, and the hardships faced by the horses as they follow their instincts on their journey towards freedom. This video provides a rare glimpse into the lives of these horses, their biology and social behavior."
-Educational Media Reviews Online




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On the Brink features four 50 minute films that look at how scientists and conservationists are working to protect several endangered species and habitat: tigers in Asia, pandas in China’s Sichuan Province, wild horses in Western China, and a tropical coral reef in Bali. Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ) is one of the world’s leading television production companies.


Leading the charge to save Asian tigers are the intelligence gatherers: three biologists from three very different countries. Their mission is to understand tigers, and their weapon is science. The challenge these biological detectives face is enormous -- over the last century tiger numbers have plummeted by 95%. But despite these horrific statistics, these biologists are optimistic that not only can the world’s biggest cat be saved from extinction, but that it can thrive. Journey with three scientists who believe that by understanding how tigers live, what they eat, and what habitats they prefer, we can ensure they remain in our forests, allowed to live their elusive lives in peace.
Item # TIG-1034

Nestled in the mountains of China’s Sichuan Province is the Wolong Nature Reserve. Here, forty giant pandas and a dedicated team are playing a crucial role in increasing the country’s dwindling panda population, which currently stands at just one thousand. To increase the chances of baby panda cubs surviving, a new method of raising cubs has been developed by scientists. The baby bears are swapped between their natural mother and a ‘surrogate mum’ — in this case veterinarian Wei Rongping. Panda Nursery witnesses this special partnership between Rongping and a female panda, who gives birth to two tiny cubs. The program follows the highs and lows of the eventful first six months of the cubs’ lives and explores the challenges facing giant pandas in the wild.
Item # PAN-1036

Can the world’s only truly wild horse survive returning to their ancestral home? Relentless poaching early last century saw the oldest horse species in the world die out in their original habitat. But thanks to a breeding program in China, 27 Przewalski’s horses have returned to their homeland where their ancestors roamed - the vast 18,000 square kilometer Kala Maili prairie in West China. Accustomed to an easy life within the enclosures, back in the wild and hostile northern region, the herd faces extreme winter snows and summer droughts. Wild Horses – Return to China is the story of the herd’s struggle for survival during their first year back in the wild.
Item #WIL-1035

Coral reefs are the “rainforests of the sea”, home to nearly ¼ of the ocean’s marine species. Discover how revolutionary new technology is providing a glimmer of hope for Bali’s once magnificent coral reefs. Most of Bali’s coral reefs and the marine live that once teemed around them have been destroyed by a deadly combination of coral bleaching, partly from global warming, and fishing with explosives and cyanide. A determined Balinese community and two marine scientists have invented a new technology that rebuilds coral reefs up to five times faster than would naturally occur. These important marine ecosystems could soon be brought back to life to once again shelter a magnificent array of exotic marine life.
Item #REE-1037