Wisdom of the Wild

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As humans learn more about animal intelligence, we also are discovering that animals have a lot to teach us. Those lessons are the provocative subject of Wisdom of the Wild.

In a Tanzanian jungle, a scientist and a medicine man follow a chimpanzee in search of a cure for a deadly disease. On the plains of Kenya, a woman learns a powerful lesson about family — from a pair of elephants. And in the Florida Keys, an eight-year old boy with a genetic illness utters his first words, for a chance to swim with dolphins.

From the ancient world to the modern, human lives have been influenced by animals in matters that reach far beyond the food chain. Wisdom of the Wild illustrates some of the surprising ways in which animals help teach, heal, and strengthen people, in body, mind, and spirit.

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Online content for Wisdom of the Wild was originally posted December 1999.

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Television Credits

Narrated by
ALLISON ARGO

Produced, Directed, and Written by
ALLISON ARGO

Co-produced by
MALVINA ANDERSON MARTIN

Edited by
ROBERT ZAKIN

Cinematographers
KEITH BRUST
RICH LERNER
ROBERT POOLE
BUDDY SQUIRES

Music Composed by
DAVID BARKLEY

Production Manager
DEBORAH LONDON-HARRINGTON

Production Associate
HILARY SPARROW

Sound Recordists
DAVID RUDDICK
GEORGE SHAFNACKER

Assistant Camera
MALVINA ANDERSON MARTIN
WILLIAM B. McCULLOUGH
DOUG O'KANE

Facilitators
ZOE PURCELL, GREYSTOKE LTD.
JANICE BEATTY, NATURE CONSERVATION FILMS
VIEWFINDERS LTD.

Additional Cinematography
DAVID GOULDING

Additional Music
TODD HAHN

Bug Wrangler
MACE VAUGHAN

Swahili Translation
JEFFERSON ARAMU

Production Assistants
JOHN WAWERU
TARINA REED

Online Editor
VICKY BRADEN

Sound Design & Mix
DAVID HURLEY

Colorist
DAVID MARKUN

Stock Footage & Still Photographs:
THOMAS M. BUTLER
NICK CALOYIANIS PRODUCTIONS
LINDA KOEBNER
NATIONAL ARCHIVES
OXFORD SCIENTIFIC FILMS LTD.
SIMON TREVOR
THE WPA FILM LIBRARY

Special Thanks:
MALI MUNGU
TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS
MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
KYOTO UNIVERSITY PRIMATE RESEARCH INST.
TANZANIA WILDLIFE RESEARCH INST.
COLORADO BOYS RANCH
COLORADO SUPER CIRCUIT
THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE
TSAVO EAST & AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARKS
AMBOSELI ELEPHANT PROJECT
THE LUCKING FAMILY
THE SHERWOOD FAMILY
THE VAN NESS FAMILY
NATIONAL AQUARIUM IN BALTIMORE
C.W. MYERS, AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
DOLPHIN HUMAN THERAPY
DOLPHIN COVE RESEARCH & EDUCATION CENTER INC.
CHIMP HAVEN
LION COUNTRY SAFARI INC.
TERRY WOLF

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Coordinating Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producer
JILL CLARKE

Researchers
SUSANE LEE
GIANNA SAVOIE

Production Assistants
ERIKA HAENDEL
PATTY JACOBSON

Production Secretary
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Editor
PATRICK GAMBUTI, JR.

Online Editor
BARRY GLINER

Audio Mix
ED CAMPBELL

Supervising Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of ArgoFilms and Thirteen/WNET

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

 

Web Credits

PRODUCER
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

DESIGNER
MICHAEL DIMAURO

PAGEBUILDING
BRIAN SANTALONE

WRITER
DAVID MALAKOFF

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

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