Cuba: The Accidental Eden

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Cuba may have been restricted politically and economically for the past 50 years, but its borders have remained open to wildlife for which Cuba’s undeveloped islands are an irresistible draw.  While many islands in the Caribbean have poisoned or paved over their ecological riches on land and in the sea in pursuit of a growing tourist industry, Cuba’s wild landscapes have remained virtually untouched, creating a safe haven for rare and intriguing indigenous animals, as well as for hundreds of species of migrating birds and marine creatures.  Coral reefs have benefited, too.  Independent research has shown that Cuba’s corals are doing much better than others both in the Caribbean and around the world.

Scientific research in Cuba on creatures such as the notoriously aggressive “jumping” crocodile, and the famous painted snails, paired with long-term ecological efforts on behalf of sea turtles, has been conducted primarily by devoted local experts.  Conservation and research in Cuba can be a constant struggle for scientists who earn little for their work.  But their work is their passion, and no less important than that of those collecting larger salaries.  NATURE follows these scientists as they explore the crocodile population of Zapata swamp, the birth of baby sea turtles, and the mysteries of evolution demonstrated by creatures that travel no more than 60 yards in a lifetime.

As the possibility of an end to the U.S. trade embargo looms, Cuba’s wildlife hangs in the balance.  Most experts predict that the end of the embargo could have devastating results.  Tourism could double, and the economic development associated with tourism and other industries could change the face of what was once a nearly pristine ecosystem.  Or Cuba could set an example for development and conservation around the world, defining a new era of sustainability well beyond Cuba’s borders.

Cuba: The Accidental Eden premieres Sunday, September 26, 2010 on PBS (check local listings).

Production Credits Print

CUBA: THE ACCIDENTAL EDEN

NARRATED BY
OLGA MEREDIZ

WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY
DOUG SHULTZ

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
PETER SCHNALL

EDITOR
MARK FASON

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
ANN JOHNSON PRUM

UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHY
SHANE MOORE

COORDINATING PRODUCER
WHITNEY JOHNSON

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
ANDRÉA BORRERO

ORIGINAL MUSIC
GARY POZNER

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY
SAM GRIFFIN
CHARLES CASTILLA

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
ADINA PLISKIN

PRODUCTION INTERN
JAMES BURKE

SOUND RECORDISTS
BORIS IVAN CRESPO
GEOFF GANN
CHRIS RUIZ

LOCATION MANAGER
BORIS IVAN CRESPO

PRODUCTION MANAGER, CUBA
MICHAEL PACINO

TRANSPORTATION
DEMETRIO MONTALVO

ASSISTANT EDITOR
DASHIELL ECKMAN

ANIMATIONS
PHLESCH BUBBLE, INC.

SOUND DESIGN
BRIAN BEATRICE

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ADDITIONAL VOICES
SEBASTIAN ARCELUS
LISA CARTER
RON MARK MCCLARY
PAUL MERCIER
BRUCE NOZICK

COLOR CORRECTION
BJORN BELLENBAUM

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
REBECCA COHEN

LEGAL SERVICES
FRANKLIN, WEINRIB, RUDELL & VASSALLO P.C.

STOCK FOOTAGE/STILLS
FRAMEPOOL MOTION CONTENT
ARTBEATS
GETTY IMAGES
OCEAN FOOTAGE
ITN SOURCE
FREE SPIRIT FILMS

SPECIAL THANKS
DAVID GUGGENHEIM
FERNANDO BRETOS
SANDRA FERNANDEZ MESA
JENNIFER GEBELEIN
TONY TUCKER
MAPS COURTESY OF NASA’S EARTH OBSERVATORY

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER

PRODUCTION MANAGER
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
JAYNE JUN

MANAGER
EILEEN FRAHER

HD ONLINE EDITOR
CHRIS CONNOLLY

OFFLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE
WILLIAM GRANT

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of Partisan Pictures and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG and National Geographic Channel.

This program was produced by THIRTEEN, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2010 WNET.ORG Properties LLC
All rights reserved

WEB CREDITS

PRODUCER
BIJAN REZVANI

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
CHIE WITT

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE
SARAH DARRO
SAM EGENDORF

DESIGNER
JOY WEEENG

PAGEBUILDING
BRIAN SANTALONE

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NICK MILLER

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL STRATEGY
DAVID HIRMES

SENIOR DIRECTOR
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

WRITERS

for “Introduction”
KELLY KRAEMER

for “The Causeway to Cayo Coco”
SAM RUBINOFF

Production Credits Print

CUBA: THE ACCIDENTAL EDEN

NARRATED BY
OLGA MEREDIZ

WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY
DOUG SHULTZ

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
PETER SCHNALL

EDITOR
MARK FASON

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
ANN JOHNSON PRUM

UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHY
SHANE MOORE

COORDINATING PRODUCER
WHITNEY JOHNSON

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
ANDRÉA BORRERO

ORIGINAL MUSIC
GARY POZNER

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY
SAM GRIFFIN
CHARLES CASTILLA

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
ADINA PLISKIN

PRODUCTION INTERN
JAMES BURKE

SOUND RECORDISTS
BORIS IVAN CRESPO
GEOFF GANN
CHRIS RUIZ

LOCATION MANAGER
BORIS IVAN CRESPO

PRODUCTION MANAGER, CUBA
MICHAEL PACINO

TRANSPORTATION
DEMETRIO MONTALVO

ASSISTANT EDITOR
DASHIELL ECKMAN

ANIMATIONS
PHLESCH BUBBLE, INC.

SOUND DESIGN
BRIAN BEATRICE

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ADDITIONAL VOICES
SEBASTIAN ARCELUS
LISA CARTER
RON MARK MCCLARY
PAUL MERCIER
BRUCE NOZICK

COLOR CORRECTION
BJORN BELLENBAUM

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
REBECCA COHEN

LEGAL SERVICES
FRANKLIN, WEINRIB, RUDELL & VASSALLO P.C.

STOCK FOOTAGE/STILLS
FRAMEPOOL MOTION CONTENT
ARTBEATS
GETTY IMAGES
OCEAN FOOTAGE
ITN SOURCE
FREE SPIRIT FILMS

SPECIAL THANKS
DAVID GUGGENHEIM
FERNANDO BRETOS
SANDRA FERNANDEZ MESA
JENNIFER GEBELEIN
TONY TUCKER
MAPS COURTESY OF NASA’S EARTH OBSERVATORY

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER

PRODUCTION MANAGER
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
JAYNE JUN

MANAGER
EILEEN FRAHER

HD ONLINE EDITOR
CHRIS CONNOLLY

OFFLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE
WILLIAM GRANT

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of Partisan Pictures and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG and National Geographic Channel.

This program was produced by THIRTEEN, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2010 WNET.ORG Properties LLC
All rights reserved

WEB CREDITS

PRODUCER
BIJAN REZVANI

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
CHIE WITT

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE
SARAH DARRO
SAM EGENDORF

DESIGNER
JOY WEEENG

PAGEBUILDING
BRIAN SANTALONE

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NICK MILLER

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL STRATEGY
DAVID HIRMES

SENIOR DIRECTOR
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

WRITERS

for “Introduction”
KELLY KRAEMER

for “The Causeway to Cayo Coco”
SAM RUBINOFF