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  • Actors: Harry Smith
  • Directors: Klaus Feichtenberger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MAG8Y0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It has been 25 years since disaster struck the Chernobyl nuclear power plant deep in the former Soviet Union. Radioactive fallout from the accident created a dead zone around the reactor, an area of nearly 1,200 square miles too contaminated to be safely inhabited by humans. Everyone living in the zone was evacuated and relocated by government order. A no-man s land of our own making was created and left to its own devices. In the interim, something remarkable has happened. Forests, marshes, fields, and rivers have reclaimed the land, reversing the effects of human cultivation and development, returning everything to its natural state. In the absence of people, the dead zone has become a surprising post-nuclear Eden, populated by beaver and bison, horses and birds, fish and falcons and ruled by wolves. Now that access to the zone is permitted, at least on a limited basis, scientists are trying to learn how the surviving wildlife is coping with the invisible blight of the land. As the top predators in this new wilderness, wolves reflect the condition of the entire eco-system. If the wolves are doing well, the populations of their prey must also be doing well. Accordingly, a key long-term study of the wolves has been initiated to determine their health, their range, and their numbers. It s an amazing exploration into a world we hoped never to see which yields answers we never expected.

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This video is great for a recap of the Chernobyl incident and shows biologists at work.
Becky Johnson
As it turns out, people are far more detrimental to the natural world than nuclear fallout, and there are big, healthy animals running around all over the place.
Satch
They were later followed by moose, badgers, raccoon dogs, beavers, weasels - and wolves.
Maciej

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This is an absolutely unique document, showing a unique place - the forbidden zone around Chernobyl 25 years after the famous nuclear accident.

Radiation level in this area is still high enough to make extended human residence almost impossible, as long term effects on health can be very negative, potentially even lethal. Divided between Ukraine and Belarus, this area covers a grand total of 4760 km2. Very few people live there, as the area was forcibly evacuated in 1986 - still, some people (mostly elderly) refused to leave and some returned later. This elderly population dwindled with time, but a handful of marginals, attracted by the isolation of the area, also came to live in "The Zone". According to the last estimations, there is probably around 500 people living there permanently in the Ukrainian part and probably as much in the Belarusian part.

When an area as large has barely one thousand inhabitants, the result is the creation of an "involuntary national park". Fields and later whole villages were reclaimed by the wilderness and are now covered with forest, shrubs and/or marshes. Even cities are now invaded by wildly growing vegetation. Rain and floods destroyed most of the irrigation system, returning most of the rivers and streams to their natural shape, with small shallow lakes and swamps present everywhere. The radiation doesn't seem to affect plants, at least on the surface of the things - but vegetables, fruits and especially mushrooms growing in "The Zone" are still considered improper for human consumption.

"Radioactive wolves" tries to find out what is the status of fauna in "The Zone". The approach adopted is that if the predators are thriving, then it means that the whole local ecosystem is doing fine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Satch on May 11, 2012
This documentary examines the site of the Chernobyl disaster as an involuntary park, or area that was left to go wild by accident, rather than by planning. The storyline of Radioactive Wolves is centered on a group of Russian scientists who are actively monitoring the health of a population of wolves that has become established in the zone. Watching wildlife biologists count wolves is not exactly riveting, but the broader context is.

When people think of Chernobyl, they think of it as a a barren wasteland, possibly crawling with zombies and mutants, and radioactive spiders. There are no zombies at all, but there are plenty of creepy shots of abandoned cities, and half-destroyed socialist realist art, and deer walking through hallways. Perhaps the greatest surprise in store for the doomsday enthusiast is the unnerving normalcy of things post-apocalypse. As it turns out, people are far more detrimental to the natural world than nuclear fallout, and there are big, healthy animals running around all over the place.

The major flaw of the piece is also a strength in that it raises more questions than it answers. You feel a little cheated in that we never hear much about the re-introduction of the wisent or of Przewalski's Horse. We're only teased with the vaguest of references to poachers... yes, poachers who sneak into the Zone of Alienation to shoot critically endangered, and apparently radioactive, wild horses. I was annoyed that those storylines were neglected, but left looking forward hopefully to future documentary projects in this strange part of the world.
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Excellent documentary on the return of everything, except humans, to Chernobyl. Absolutely wonderful movie. Recommend it to anyone interested in long term recovery of area devastated by radiation
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A very interesting look at how Nature and the wolves of Chernobyl survive and take back the area contaminated by the atomic accident. Although still unsafe for humans, the wolves and other wildlife seem to have adapted to the radiation.
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