Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears

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Rising sharply from the South African landscape, cliffs like spines of a dragon form the majestic Drakensberg Mountains (their name actually means “Dragon’s Mountain”). Born of Jurassic molten lava, they span more than 600 miles and tower more than 10,000 feet. Despite the impossible terrain and unpredictable weather, the Drakensberg is home to a fascinating array of animals, including crab-hunting frogs, bone-devouring vultures, cliff-dwelling baboons, and furry ice rats.

But one animal’s perseverance makes it the ultimate survivor: the eland, the largest member of the antelope family. In order to overcome the ever-changing endurance test cast by nature, these tenacious mountaineers undertake an annual migration toward the summit in search of greener pastures. NATURE tracks their epic climb in Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears.

The eland’s annual journey begins during the summer down in the fertile valleys at the foot of the Drakensberg. However, this grassland paradise is soon battered by wet spells, turning it into a green desert with rotting plants and little to eat. Driven by hunger, the herd has no choice but to move to higher ground. For the nomadic eland, home is always a step ahead.

Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears airs Wednesday, November 20 at 8pm (check local listings).

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Television Credits

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Directed & Produced By
LYNNE & PHILIP RICHARDSON

Photography
PHILIP RICHARDSON

Additional Photography
RIAAN LAUBSCHER
DANIE DU PREEZ
LYNNE RICHARDSON

Location Manager
DANIE DU PREEZ

Location Assistants
CHRISTOPHER MUDZAMATIRI
CHRISTOPHER MUVENGWA

Production Co-ordinator
CARA NIEUWOUDT

Scientific Advisors
ALAN CHANNING
DAVID ROWE-ROWE
JOHN SKOTCHA

The Producers Wish to Thank
CHARL BRUMMER
EZEMVELO KZN WILDLIFE
JEFF GAISFORD
EDUARD GOOSEN
SONYA KRUGER
OSCAR MTHIMKHULU
MYEZA MAKHISENI
DAVID THIES
RAYMOND ZIKHALI

Editors
JÖRG ACHATZ
DAVE DICKIE

Music
KURT ADAMETZ

Vocals
ISINGIZI

Narration Writer
KLAUS FEICHTENBERGER
LYNNE RICHARDSON

Sound Editors
CORNELIUS WILDNER
FLORIAN CAMERER

Foley Artist
KARL KÖNIGSBERGER

Dubbing Mixer
CORNELIUS WILDNER

Colorist
THOMAS VARGA

Production Manager
RICHARD MAHR

Unit Manager
ELEONORA FREY

Executive Producer
WALTER KÖHLER

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Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE HESS

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
BRIAN BEATRICE

Offline Editor
NICK WOYTHALER

Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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