New series on Idaho Public Television highlights Gorongosa National ParkBy Boise Weekly Staff
Three Ketchumites converged in an unusual place in the early 2000s: a war-torn national park in Mozambique, Africa, which used to be home to thousands of animals before civil war, poaching and starvation took a heavy toll on wildlife populations. Philanthropist Greg Carr—originally from Idaho Falls—took an interest in restoring the park and bringing back healthy numbers of lions, elephants, hyenas and even vultures. After hearing about the efforts, two producers from National Geographic (who also live in the Wood River Valley) began filming Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise, a six-hour miniseries on the park, which aired on Idaho Public Television this fall. To strengthen the connection between Africa and Idaho, Zoo Boise plans to build a 2-acre expansion in 2917 modeled after the park. Zoo-goers can look forward to cheetahs, hyenas, crocodiles, baboons and wild African dogs.