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Take an Alarming Look at Planet Earth's
Most Endangered Species in a Global Call to Action.

The Loneliest Animals
Around the globe, unique and fascinating species face extinction from hunting and habitat destruction. Biologists, conservationists, wildlife preservation centers, and zoos work to breed and shelter rare and critically endangered animals when and where they can. But many species are down to the last few of their kind and face an critically uncertain future.

George, a Pinta Island tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, is the very last of his kind. For centuries, his species kept sailors and pirates well-fed on the high seas. Sadly, when George dies, millions of years of evolution will come to an end.

Other species, like Spix s macaws, lemurs, Iberian lynxes, rhinos, black-footed ferrets, and Chinese rafetus turtles, were well on their way to joining George as the last of their kind until help arrived.

The Loneliest Animals follows the plight of these incredible, charismatic creatures and the struggles of the dedicated conservationists who fight for them. Academy Award®-winner F. Murray Abraham narrates. Rating: TV-G

Bonus Program: FROGS THE THIN GREEN LINE
Frogs have inhabited planet Earth for more than 360 million years. Today, however, all their remarkable adaptations and survival tactics are failing them. More than a third of all amphibians most of which are frogs and toads have already been lost, and more are disappearing every day.

Habitat loss, pollution, and a human population that has doubled in the past 50 years have set the stage for their diminished numbers. And now, a fungus called chytrid has been found as the major culprit, but so far the spread of the fungus can t be stopped.

Scientists are finding that chemical compounds within frogs skins can be used to treat pain and block infections, and are even being explored as HIV treatments. Our chances for the discovery of future medical miracles may be slipping away with the disappearance of these tiny creatures in our midst.

Their impact on the world s ecosystems is great. The race is on to stem the tide before the next frog crosses the thin, green line. Rating: TV-G

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The greatest Nature cinematography on Earth... --The New York Times

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  • Actors: F. Murray Abraham
  • Directors: WNET, Nature
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N57KFI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on October 11, 2010
This program looks at efforts to keep endangered species alive. Too often, reports about the dying environment are so depressing that they make you ask, "Why even try now?" However, this work was balanced in its optimism and pessimism.

This work was diverse in terms of animals, covering reptiles, birds, small mammals, and large ones. It was also diverse in terms of multinational and multiracial efforts. We see Chinese and whites trying to get last turtles to mate, almost the opposite of adam and eve. On the other hand, a Middle Eastern tycoon took it upon himself to try to save Brazilian birds. At first, the program seemed to focus on animals dying off in countries that are overpopulated with humans (China, Brazil, etc.). However, a Spanish researcher wisely stated, "If a rich country like Spain can't keep species from going extinct, then how can we demand poorer nations to do differently?"

It was stressed that breeding in captivity can't be the final answer. The species would have to learn to survive without humans eventually. It spoke about all animals as pieces of a puzzle. Rhinos make pools of water for other species, for example. The subject of interbreeding is only brought up lightly. A scholar says interbred animals are better than no animals. One interviewee poo-pooed the idea that having less than 100 of a species means it's already too late.

Of course, humans are the cause of these mass deaths. However, it was fascinating how other factors are connected. This work said the Spanish did not kill their lynxes, they killed the rabbits that the lynxes ate. Lynxes in the same litter often kill each other. Animals meant to mate with each other sometimes kill their assigned partners.
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I bought this for a gift and have not viewed it. It's attractively packaged and that's about all I know.
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By Steve Mazer on December 5, 2014
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The quality of the DVD was excellent and it arrived in a timely manner. I am very pleased.
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By thomas lavoie on April 10, 2015
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