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Gordon Ramsay Returns, Serving Up Bigger And Bolder Culinary Adventures, Starting In South Africa

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Season Two premieres
with South African episode 26 August at 21:00 on National Geographic

Gordon Ramsay laces his boots, grabs his knives and buckles up as he hits the road again in the second season of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, premiering 26 August at 21:00 CAT on National Geographic (DStv 181, StarSat 220). The multi-Michelin-star chef and Ironman athlete continues his adventure across the globe in his relentless pursuit of culinary inspiration. Starting in South Africa, cooking with popular local chef Zola Nene, Ramsay turns up the heat and feasts his way through Indonesia, Louisiana, Norway, India, Tasmania, and Guyana.

South Africa – Zola Nene (L) observes as Gordon Ramsay tops grilled fish with ushatini, a combination of onions and tomatoes. (National Geographic/Jon Kroll)

“We are exploring seven new regions this season, each with vastly different culinary customs and history,” said Ramsay. “We get the opportunity to learn from the locals and hear their stories, and that gives us a much deeper experience and understanding of the world around us.”

In this new season, Ramsay journeys deep into the landscape of each place he visits, scaling mountains, battling 3-metre waves, braving frigid temperatures and bushwhacking his way through the backcountry to forage for some of the finest ingredients in the world. From swimming in great white shark-infested waters to participating in a traditional bull run, Ramsay risks life and limb in his biggest and boldest missions yet in order to achieve edible excellence.

Under the guidance of local experts and food legends he meets along the way, Ramsay partakes in culinary customs and learns about delicious delicacies and fresh flavours unique to each region. Every ingredient he harvests, dish he tastes and person he meets will inspire him to create a recipe from scratch, intended to represent the heart of that culture. Each episode concludes with Ramsay challenging himself during a final big cookout with a local food legend by his side, as they prepare a meal together for locals he met during his journey.

Some of the adventures — culinary and otherwise — that Ramsay experiences this season include:

  • Leaping from a helicopter into high waves to harvest mussels along the South African coast;
  • Risking life and limb by participating in a traditional bull race in a remote West Sumatran rice paddy field;
  • Braving Tasmania’s stormy waters to hose-dive among the rocks for giant spiny lobsters;
  • Exploring a bat-infested Indonesian cave system in search of giant prawns;
  • Racing a four-wheeler through Louisiana’s dangerously muddy back roads to forage for fresh greens and hunt for bullfrogs and crawfish;
  • Plunging into Norway’s frigid waters to uncover the bounty of ingredients found within the fjords;
  • And battling strong surf to catch fish using traditional techniques in South India — that is, with a 90-kilogram net out at sea.

“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted became a firm favourite on the channel when it launched last year and we are thrilled that his latest journey begins right here in South Africa. Chef Zola brings her delightful charm and unique expertise to the table, guiding Ramsay on how to pull off the perfect chakalaka among other distinctly and deliciously local dishes”, said Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – Gordon Ramsay points toward a “Beware Hippo” sign. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel)

Episodes include:

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – South Africa

Chef Ramsay gets up close with rhinos, giraffes, zebras and hippos in the dramatic wilderness of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, as he learns the secrets of the traditional cuisine of Zulu warriors and masters using a local “braai.” He leaps from a helicopter into the raging Indian Ocean, harvests mussels on treacherous rocks and immerses himself in the local township culture, all before cooking with beloved local chef Zola Nene for a revered Zulu chief.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Tasmania

Chef Ramsay explores isolated Tasmania, off the coast of southern Australia. He uncovers the purity of the island, diving into shark-infested waters for giant saltwater spiny lobsters; avoiding venomous snakes in the bush while foraging for local herbs; and soaring in a seaplane to the rugged interior to fly-fish for trout and extract one-of-a-kind honey, all before facing off against culinary nomad Analiese Gregory to prepare an epic feast.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Louisiana

Chef Ramsay journeys to Louisiana to learn the secrets of Cajun cooking. He meets Eric Cook — a former Marine turned celebrated chef — who sends him off to get lost in the marsh and see what he brings back. In his quest, Ramsay faces down dangerous and delicious creatures from deep in the swamps to the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Does he rise to the challenge, or do his skills end at the “End of the World”?

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Indonesia

Chef Gordon Ramsay’s quest to master the world’s most fascinating cuisines lands him on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where he risks his safety and his pride to acquire the ingredients he needs. Whether working as a deckhand in the open ocean, exploring a daunting cave system, milking buffalo or being dragged behind them, Ramsay finds his commitment to world-class cooking put to the test. With Indonesia’s own top chef, William Wongso, looking over his shoulder, the pressure is high.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Guyana

Chef Ramsay heads deep into the South American rainforest to explore the culinary roots of Guyana. After rappelling from a helicopter into the jungle, he hunts for toothy caiman with his bare hands, fishes for piranha with a bamboo rod and crafts his own arrow to bow fish for arowana. With his newfound bounty of jungle provisions, he will join forces with local rising culinary star Delvin Adams to cook a feast for the local Amerindian tribe.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – India

From the coast to the mountains of southern India, Chef Ramsay unlocks the complex flavors of the region known as the spice trade capital of the world. He battles ocean waves with a giant fishing net, fights the searing sting of fire ants, speeds through hilly dirt roads in a tiny rally car and has his mouth torched by the extremely spicy local fare, all before attempting to impress a women’s collective of artisan cooks with his take on their local cuisine. Tough-as-nails chef, food historian and television host Shri Bala takes Ramsay under her wing and gives him a lesson on India’s celebrated spice history.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Norway

Chef Ramsay channels his inner Viking and embraces the freezing temperatures of Norway in December to discover the elusive flavours of this region’s cuisine. He dives for shellfish in the frigid waters of the fjords, wrangles a stomping herd of reindeer with the Sami people, ferments fish and eats sheep’s head, all before putting his new skills to the test to prepare a Christmas feast with local chef Christopher Haatuft.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted is produced by Studio Ramsay for National Geographic. For Studio Ramsay, executive producers are Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Jon Kroll. For National Geographic, executive producer is Betsy Forhan, vice president of production is Kevin Tao Mohs and executive vice president of National Geographic unscripted entertainment is Geoff Daniels.

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National Geographic Highlights: June 2020

GATHERING STORM
Mondays at 21:00 from 21 June (ends 27 July)

A major global series forming a unique view on the planet’s fiercest storms, through the experience of people who work at sea inside the major hurricane zones of the world. Through extensive access agreements, hundreds of cameras are embedded on boats, ships and oil platforms. So, as the storm approaches and the clock ticks down we are with the men who witness weather at its wildest, from all angles. All face different challenges, with different cargoes, deadlines and routes. At stake is the job, their cargo, their equipment… and their lives. We tell their greatest stories; the triumphs of engineering, ingenuity and sheer bravery that go along with working in storms at sea. Through their eyes we witness the rise of the storm. And we experience what it takes to get their job done in the face of nature’s wildest weather. To explain what lies behind the unpredictability and danger unfolding on the ocean’s surface, these first-hand stories combine with scientific insight, analysis and satellite mapping.

Dorian heading North past the Carolinas. (National Geographic)

KINGDOM OF THE MUMMIES
Fridays at 20:00 from 5 June (ends 26 June)

In the shadow of the world’s oldest pyramids, a team of archaeologists led by Dr Ramadan Hussein have made the discovery of a lifetime – a fully intact burial complex buried deep beneath the sand. Packed with treasures and world firsts, the site has the potential to re-write the book on mummification, unlocking secrets forgotten since the age of the pharaohs. Now the team have to open every sarcophagus, investigate every mystery and decode every clue in this never before seen discovery – the first Egyptian funeral parlour ever found.

The mummy of the priest Ayput is fully revealed. This type of sarcophagus is known as ‘anthropoid,’ since it takes the shape of a person. The lid, the base, the internal area and the mummy all correspond in this human shape. (National Geographic/Piers Leigh)

BUILDING PARADISE ISLAND
Wednesdays at 19:00 from 24 June (ends 8 July)

Filmed over 2 years – from foundations to opening party – this is the amazing story of the total transformation of an abandoned, industrial island into a luxury destination. Battling against isolation, extreme weather and a punishing schedule the teams building paradise must work night and day to deliver this incredibly ambitious project on time.

Ocean Cay island. (Workerbee/Basilio Longo)

CONTINUING SHOWS

X-RAY EARTH
Wednesdays at 21:00 from 27 May (ends 10 June)

Beneath our feet, under trillions of tons of rock, lurk astonishing and deadly secrets. Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are all driven by hidden forces deep inside our planet. Now, using the latest scientific data from sensors and surface scans, we can x-ray the Earth to reveal the dangers locked inside our planet. Using thousands of sensors and state of the art surface scan information, for the first time, we can create x-rays of the deep interior of our planet.

Volcano and earthquake danger zone in the Pacific Ring of Fire. (National Geographic)

AIRPORT SECURITY: PERU AND BRAZIL
Thursdays at 19:00 from 7 May (ends 25 June)

This season features four episodes, each at two of Latin America’s biggest airports: Lima, Peru’s Jorge Chavez and Brazil’s Paulo-Guarulhos. Police are on high alert. Their main challenges: illegal immigration and the trafficking of cocaine. From hidden compartments and ingested capsules to fake documents, officers work 24/7 to protect their borders and stop criminals in their tracks. Watch the action from behind the scenes.

São Paulo, Brazil – Modalidad. The expert analyzes the mobility that the passenger uses. (National Geographic/Mario Lazcano)

WICKED TUNA S9
Mondays at 20:00 from 6 April (ends 29 June)

Three new Captains arrive in Gloucester with one goal – to defeat the local fleet. But they have their work cut out for them challenging the battle-proven Gloucester captains. Five-time champion Captain Dave Carraro of FV-Tuna.com feels the pressure as he fights to win another title, and the Gloucester captains and crews rally with and against him for bragging rights to their turf. In a fast-paced season, the brawl for bluefin comes down to the final fish, and a stunning finish for the season’s victor.

The new boats on Wicked Tuna (left to right) Fat Tuna, Kraken, and Wasabi. (PFTV)

LAWLESS ISLAND S2
Mondays at 19:00 from 13 April (ends 15 June)

The volatile climate of Southeast Alaska challenges Port Protection’s residents who live on the edge of society. Gary battles father time while securing needed resources. Curly pushes through in the wake of a tragic loss. Mary faces her fears to survive in extreme conditions. Sam fights to preserve the only lifestyle he’s ever known. Squibb looks to improve upon his surroundings. And Stuart deals with past injuries as he battles the elements.

PORT PROTECTION, ALASKA- Mary goes fishing. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/ Jesse Phinney)

COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS
Wednesdays at 20:00, from 11 March (ends 10 June)

In the vastness of time and the immensity of space, the number of worlds to explore and stories to tell are infinite. This boldest COSMOS yet is a thrilling, hope-filled voyage of exploration to lost worlds and worlds yet to come. You’ll meet the searchers whose courage rivals any hero of myth. And it will carry you deep into the future and through that hole in the curtain of reality.

Our sun is born, endowing worlds to come with precious minerals, diamonds and green olivine. COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS premieres March 9, 2020 on National Geographic. (Cosmos Studios)
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‘Saving Notre Dame’ Premiers 19 May 2020 On National Geographic

National Geographic Cameras Granted Exclusive Access Inside the Cathedral
Just Days Following the Devastating Inferno

Notre Dame Cathedral draws millions of global citizens every year to worship and bask in the history of Paris. On April 15, 2019, during Holy Week, the same millions witnessed the horror of its near destruction by a blazing inferno, its spire atop falling to the ground. Now, one year later, National Geographic’s one-hour special, SAVING NOTRE DAME, reveals the remarkable efforts to rebuild this French symbol of national pride and global iconic landmark. National Geographic cameras were granted exclusive access into the cathedral, just days after the fire, embedding with the fearless workers for over ten months during the rebuilding efforts and capturing the most dangerous rescue and engineering operations.

In April 2019, the world’s most famous cathedral caught fire. Notre-Dame de Paris was ablaze and with the world watching, firefighters fought the inferno for hours. Exclusive footage and interviews tell the story of their courage, as they risk all to save a global icon. (Galaxie Presse/BSPP)

SAVING NOTRE DAME, premiering on Thursday 19 May at 19:00 CAT, recounts the aftermath of the devastating fire and unprecedented one-year rescue mission to prevent the unstable Cathedral from collapsing. The one-hour special, not only brings viewers to the heart of the action to understand the steps of reconstruction, but also pays tribute to the bond of solidarity and know-how of the dedicated team of craftsmen and highly skilled workers. Rebuilding efforts captured in SAVING NOTRE DAME include:

  • The intrepid rope access technicians, suspended in mid-air, carefully removing debris above a damaged vault over the north rose window.
  • First-hand accounts from the workers on the tough challenges they faced: shaky scaffolding, intense storm winds, and strict decontamination protocols due to the two-hundred tons of led released into the air by the fire.
  • Experts Daniel Libeskind, (Masterplan Architect of the World Trade Center), Candida Moss (Professor of Theology at Britain’s University of Birmingham), and Lindsay Cook (Professor of Art and Architecture, Vassar College) offer perspective on topics such as history, religion and architecture.

Additionally, National Geographic Magazine just released “Coronavirus Upended Notre Dame’s Future. WWII May Have Some Answers.” written by Nat Geo archaeology expert Kristin Romney. The story details how lessons learned from previous historical catastrophes like WWII, can help chart a course in the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral. Romney also reveals how the coronavirus pandemic has halted crucial work, including stabilizing the roof, which is in serious jeopardy of collapsing.

“The Notre Dame cathedral is not only the spiritual heart of Paris, but also a global symbol of the beautiful man-made creations on our planet. When the fire blazed through this iconic site last year, it struck a chord in all of us. The teams who have been working tirelessly to rebuild it deserve our admiration. SAVING NOTRE DAME promises an inside look at the intricacies and complexities of this remarkable project”, said Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

In April 2019, the world’s most famous cathedral caught fire. Notre-Dame de Paris was ablaze and with the world watching, firefighters fought the inferno for hours. Exclusive footage and interviews tell the story of their courage, as they risk all to save a global icon. (Galaxie Presse/BSPP)

SAVING NOTRE DAME is produced for National Geographic by Gedeon Programmes. Jeanine Butler is Executive Producer. ABC Documentaries provided footage and secured interviews with experts in the special including: Experts Daniel Libeskind, (Masterplan Architect of the World Trade Center), Candida Moss (Professor of Theology at Britain’s University of Birmingham), and Lindsay Cook (Professor of Art and Architecture, Vassar College) offer perspective on topics such as history, religion and architecture.

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‘One World: Together At Home’ Global Special To Broadcast In South Africa

National Geographic and Fox Life will air “One World: Together at Home” Special on Sunday 19 April

Today it was announced that One World: Together At Home – a globally televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, will air both National Geographic (DSTV 181, StarSat 220) and FoxLife (DSTV 126, Starsat 133) on Sunday 19 April at 15:50 (CAT). This unique event will also be streamed on the National Geographic Africa Facebook page (NatGeoAfrica) at the same time.

Launched by international advocacy organization Global Citizen, and the World Health Organization, One World: Together At Home will show unity among all people who are affected by COVID-19 and will also celebrate and support brave healthcare workers doing life-saving work on the front lines.

Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, the One World: Together At Home broadcast special will include performances and appearances by Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Andrea Bocelli, Awkwafina, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, David & Victoria Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, LL COOL J, Lupita Nyong’o, Maluma, Matthew McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Smith, Shah Rukh Khan, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, and Usher.

One World: Together At Home is not a telethon – it is a historic, first-of-its kind global broadcast event to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers, and to support the World Health Organization in the global fight to end COVID-19. The broadcast will feature stories from frontline healthcare workers on the COVID response, commitments from philanthropists, governments and corporations to support and equip frontline healthcare workers around the world, with masks, gowns and other vital equipment, and to local charities that provide food, shelter, and healthcare to those that need it most. For updates on the broadcast, follow National Geographic Africa on social media (NatGeoAfrica).

For more information about Global Citizen and its campaign to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, powered by the UN Foundation, please visit globalcitizen.org and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GlobalCitizen.

To learn more about WHO’s response to the pandemic and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, please go to www.who.int/COVID-19 and follow @WHO on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.

For information about how to tune in and take action, visit www.globalcitizen.org/togetherathome.

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National Geographic Commemorates Earth Day This April

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play.
Every individual makes a difference.”
— Dr. Jane Goodall

In April 1970, millions of people around the world mobilized to demand protection of the planet we call home. That historic day gave birth to the modern environmental movement known as Earth Day, and 50 years later it’s become the planet’s largest civic event, with more than a billion people participating each year. On this momentous occasion, people worldwide would normally step outside to help clean up our planet, plant trees and restore the beauty of Earth. But this is not a normal year; this year is different — very different. While most of the world is stuck indoors, National Geographic is bringing the natural world inside to inspire hope and awe for the planet.

At a time when people around our interconnected world need hope more than ever, National Geographic commemorates Earth Day with three global, emotionally evocative specials that inspire hope for our dynamic planet, love for its animal inhabitants and actions of stewardship for this generation and those to come.

Beginning at 18:00 CAT, simulcast on National Geographic and National Geographic Wild, the two-hour documentary special JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE takes viewers through chapters of Dr. Goodall’s journey, highlighting how she inspires future generations. Following this, peer behind the camera to see what it takes to capture Wildlife in their natural habitat with National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Beverly and Dereck Joubert in OKAVANGO: RIVER OF DREAMS – Divine Journeys. Join National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore on his quest to photograph some of the animals in the world in PHOTO ARK: RAREST CREATURES.

Dereck & Beverley Joubert

“The need to protect our planet has never been more urgent, and we’re using Earth Day 50th as an opportunity to inspire viewers through the wonders of our planet and its incredible species for viewers around the world,” said Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Global Television Networks. “With the Earth Day takeover across all of our networks and platforms, we are able to reach the largest audience possible to celebrate this momentous day and ensure that viewers fall in love with our planet and act to protect it.”

National Geographic’s Earth Day event also features the very best of natural-history programming, including recent feature documentaries such as Mystery Gorilla, Vertical Limit, Dark Heart of the Earth, and Fire & Ice, as well as fan favourites Hostile Planet, Wild, One Strange Rock and an array of Destination Wild natural history specials. Throughout the day, additional featurettes will showcase the National Geographic Explorers and photographers working around the world to protect and honour our planet.

This daylong Earth Day programming across National Geographic’s networks complements efforts by the company’s full portfolio. National Geographic magazine’s April issue is timed to Earth Day and explores broad issues affecting the planet today. It is the magazine’s first-ever flip issue, as two mini-magazines take an optimistic and a pessimistic vision of 2070. The issue can be found online at natgeo.com/earthday and on newsstands now.

A special “Save the Animals!” issue of National Geographic Kids magazine, on newsstands now, focuses on five previously endangered animals that have made a comeback and is packed with kid-friendly tips on how we can continue to save animals. An Earth Day Kids digital hub — natgeokids.com/EarthDay — offers family guides with resources and activities to raise awareness about and help Wildlife conservation. This fun site, available now, includes an exclusive “Which Comeback Animal Are You?” personality quiz.

“The life-long passion that conservationists such as Dr Jane Goodall, Joel Sartore and Beverley and Dereck Joubert have dedicated to their respective fields is nothing short of inspirational and remarkable. Through these special Earth Day airings, we hope that viewers across the continent will be equally motivated to become involved and play their part in conservation efforts close to their hearts” said Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

More information is available at www.natgeotv.com/za/earth-day.

ABOUT JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE (1×120)

Dr. Jane Goodall poses for photograph with group of local villagers in Bitale, Tanzania. National Geographic’s JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE picks up where JANE (2017) left off, following Jane Goodall through three generations of advocacy work as she meets with everyone from schoolchildren in Zanzibar to Prince Harry and spreads a message of hope in a time of immense environmental change. (National Geographic/Joe Redl)

Continuing the optimism of Earth Day is the two-hour documentary JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE, premiering at 18:00 on National Geographic and National Geographic Wild. The sweeping film highlights Dr. Goodall’s vast legacy of four decades, having transformed environmentalism, nonhuman animal welfare and conservation through her innovative approaches, and becoming a worldwide icon. This special depicts the formation of the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI’s) “Tacare” community-centered conservation approach and Roots & Shoots youth-empowerment program; her remarkable advocacy and leadership on behalf of chimpanzees and humanity; and the next chapter for generations to come. This singular story is of one remarkable woman who not only hoped for a better world — she achieved it!

“Being out in the forest of Gombe, I had a great sense of spiritual awareness; I began to realize that everything is interconnected,” said Goodall. “Since then, every day, it’s become clearer that climate change is an existential threat to our natural world, and if we destroy this world, we destroy our own future. Each day, every single person has the chance to make an impact through small, thoughtful choices, and when billions of people make the right choices, we start to transform the world. Don’t give up; there’s always a way forward.”

Picking up where National Geographic Documentary Films’ 2017 award-winning JANE left off, the two-hour special follows Goodall throughout her constant travels, capturing her relentless commitment and determination to spread a message of hope. The film offers an intimate perspective of Goodall’s pivotal transformation from scientist to inspirational activist and leader in holistic conservation. Featuring an extensive collection of photographs and footage that spans more than seven decades, the documentary illustrates how her passion for Wildlife and unshakable drive has persevered, making her one of the most important figures in Wildlife conservation and someone who has galvanized future generations to create lasting change.

Expanding upon Goodall’s past and highlighting the ways in which she has changed the world, the film features The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who has been a leader in conservation and global environmental issues, and presents exclusive interviews with James Baker, former U.S. secretary of state, who received the first JGI International Conservation Award for his work with chimpanzees. It also features interviews with Dr. Richard Wrangham, a professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, who founded the Kibale Chimpanzee Project; Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), who championed for the retirement of all government research chimpanzees from the NIH after speaking with Goodall; world-famous Dr. Robert Gallo, co-founder and director of the Institute of Human Virology, who co-discovered HIV, the cause of AIDS, in 1984; and many others.

JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE is produced by Lucky 8 for National Geographic in partnership with Dr. Jane Goodall and the staff of JGI. For Lucky 8, executive producers are Kim Woodard, Greg Henry, George Kralovansky and Isaac Holub. The special is produced and directed by Kim Woodard and Elizabeth Leiter. For National Geographic, executive producer is Tracy Rudolph Jackson, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering, and executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment is Geoff Daniels.

ABOUT OKAVANGO: RIVER OF DREAMS – Divine Journeys (1×60)

22 April at 20:00 on National Geographic and 20:50 CAT on National Geographic Wild

Divine Journeys provides an amazing look behind the scenes – revealing the efforts and sometimes dramatic events during the production. It’s a very personal journey of Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who want to find the very heart and soul of this great river. Amongst other things, it leads them to an almost fatal incident with an injured buffalo that Beverly barely survived. This life-changing event is mirrored through the accident of Fekeetsa, the main character of the first episode: a lioness that was also wounded by a buffalo. The film takes a journey from the dramatic to humour and back, as an example of daily life on an expedition like this.

ABOUT PHOTO ARK: RAREST CREATURES (1×60)

22 April at 17:00 on National Geographic and 20:00 CAT on National Geographic Wild

Follow National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore on his globetrotting quest to photograph some of the rarest animals in the world. These arresting, studio portraits of over 5,000 species go into the Photo Ark, Joel’s 25-year-long project to document the world’s animals before they go extinct. By looking these animals in the eye, we begin to care about them and understand their importance to the health of our planet. When we save these species, we’re actually saving ourselves.

Atlanta, GA – Mei Lun and Mei Huan, twin giant panda cubs, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, at Zoo Atlanta. (natgeophotoark.org.) (Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

PHOTO ARK: RAREST CREATURES looks at factors driving extinction, including rising sea levels, deforestation, invasive species, pollution, and human development, which impact animals essential to the planet’s survival. Journey with Sartore across the globe as he seeks to save these creatures by getting people to “look these animals in the eye while we still have time to save them.”

Beerwah, Australia – A federally threatened koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, with her babies at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. (natgeophotoark.org) (Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

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