In Romania's mountains live the last large populations of bears (Ursus arctos), lynx (Linx, linx carpathicus), and wolves (Canis lupus), which have disappeared from many other regions of Europe. These species living in the Carpathians have been recently "declared" harmful and a "regulation" was decided by the Romanian authorities, which will lead to dramatic consequences. Big game deprived of their habitat coming into contact with humans raises highly complex ecological, social, economic, ethical and political problems.
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The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It's considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos' species later inspired his theory of evolution.more
Climate driven migration
Human migration sparked by wars, disasters, and now climate. Homo sapiens have been on the move from almost their beginnings. Climate-caused floods, drought, and water shortages will likely join the list of reasons to migrate. A WORLD ON THE MOVE is a feature-length essay-documentary by environmentalist and documentary filmmaker Aron Xantus about the stories of everyday people experiencing the already existing consequences of the climate change and war that serve as a motivator for migration.more
The documentary presents the life and research of Emil Racovita, one of the first Antarctic explorers, a pioneer of oceanology and the founder of a new science, the bio-speleology. He created in Cluj the first Institute of Speleology in the world. Using photographs made by Emil Racovita in Antarctica, the film focuses mainly on the Belgica expedition (1897-1899), the first scientific expedition who wintered in Antarctica, having Roald Amundsen, Frederick Cook on board and Adrien de Gerlache as captain.
From Headhunting to Riots: Documentary on the Outbreak of Ethnic Violence in West and Central Kalimantan, Indonesia (2000-2001)more
How long ago did Vîrtop man live?
The oldest Neanderthal footprint in the world
After an ascent and a narrow passage, two speleologists from Cluj entered a virgin chamber of the Gheţarul cave at Vîrtop in the Bihor Mountains. They realised that they were not the first to have trodden the immaculate cave floor: imprinted in the calcite were visible three human footprints. It was obvious that the mysterious visitor had entered the cave thousands of years ago. How many thousands? The enigma was solved in 2004, after years of research. The first studies were carried out by...more
Dr. Géza Teleki (1943–2014) was a committed guardian of untouched nature. In 1968, he was one of the first to join Jane Goodall in Gombe to help and shape the research going on there. He spent his entire life serving the cause of chimpanzees, defying illness, pressure from lobbyists, and lack of time and money. He always considered the interests of the entire race to be the most important, and advocated this at universities, in his lectures and in his books. He was convinced that in order to save animals and plants, people's emotions must be mobilized. He considered himself a...more