Wild Balkans

About

The Balkan Peninsula is notorious for being one of the great battlegrounds of history. And yet, it possesses another side unknown to many, where ancient forests and vast wetlands harbor pristine wilderness, and sheer cliff walls and desolate plateaus preserve a seemingly unchanged past. Surveying these striking and stark landscapes, one might think they’ve ventured into the Middle-earth of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Indeed the Balkan Peninsula is home to a variety of regions that border on mythical. In Croatia’s Kopacki Rit Wetlands, land mines keep people away, but enable native wildlife to thrive. Further south, Montenegro’s Tara River carves through Europe’s longest and deepest canyon, and neighboring forests provide refuge to rare animals such as the Balkan Lynx. To the east, millions of birds flock to the Danube Delta to feast on swarms of mosquitoes. And at the west of the Balkans is Skadar Lake, a remarkable landscape of peaks and water.

This is a journey to a world seemingly forgotten by time. This is the wild Balkans.

Wild Balkans premieres Sunday, January 31, 2010 (check local listings).

Photo: Rita Schlamberger, ©ORF/Science Vision

Production Credits Print

Narrated By
ALAN COATES

Written & Directed By
MICHAEL SCHLAMBERGER

Photography
MICHAEL SCHLAMBERGER
ROLANDO MENARDI

Additional Photography
JIRI PETR
THOMAS EMRICH
GERHARD POCK

Editor
ANDREW NAYLOR

Graphics & Animation
OMER SACIC

Music
ANDREAS FABIANEK

Dubbing Editor
MARTIN ROHRMOSER

Dubbing Mix
RUPERT METNITZER

Writers
JEREMY HOGARTH
WALTER KÖHLER

Special Thanks
AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

Production Manager
ANITA PFEFFINGER

Unit Manager
ELEONORA FREY

Producer
RITA SCHLAMBERGER

Co-Producers
YVONNE VON ZEIDLER NORI
UDO ZIMMERMANN

Executive Producer
WALTER KÖHLER

© ORF 2009. All rights reserved.

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
IRENE TEJARATCHI HESS
JILL CLARKE

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Online Editor
CHRIS CONNELLY

Offline Editor
IRENE TEJARATCHI HESS

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A SCIENCEVISION PRODUCTION FOR ORF UNIVERSUM IN ASSOCIATION WITH
ARTE AND BR

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY ORF UNIVERSUM, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT.

© 2010 WNET.ORG Properties LLC
All Rights Reserved

Web Credits

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
CHIE WITT

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

Writer
CHRISTOPHER WADE