Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans are home to the largest zebra population in southern Africa, but it’s not an easy life. There is no permanent water in the arid saltpans, so thousands of zebras are dependent on isolated summer rains for their survival. Fleeting thundershowers produce islands of grass scattered across the otherwise barren landscape.
When the seasonal storms end, and the dry season begins, the striped nomads start their long trek west to the Boteti River for fresh drinking water. There, water is plentiful, but the zebras must travel further and further from the river to reach adequate grazing before trudging miles back to quench their thirst. It’s a grueling routine that will continue until the storm clouds return, the dry season ends, and the zebras can return home where they will welcome newborn foals into their families.
Great Zebra Exodus explores parenthood and the fragility of young life—from zebras to lapwings to meerkats. It’s a tale of loyalty and sacrifice, of home and exile, of death and new life, set against the backdrop of one of Africa’s most surreal landscapes.
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DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
SOUND EDITOR & RE-RECORDING MIXER
ONLINE EDITOR & COLORIST
THE GOVERNMENT & PEOPLE OF BOTSWANA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE & TOURISM
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & NATIONAL PARKS
ADRIENNE & BERNIE ESTERHUYSE
NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FOUNDATION, SOUTH AFRICA
The owners and staff of:
DESERT & DELTA SAFARIS
MENO A KWENA TENTED CAMP
UNCHARTED AFRICA SAFARI CO.
FOR TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS
LAURA METZGER LYNCH
ADRIAN D. STUBBS
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY
A Production of HAT CREEK PRODUCTIONS and THIRTEEN in Co-production with TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS in association with WNET
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INTERN/RESEARCH AND WRITING:
DANIEL B. GREENBERG