The second episode of “Moving Giants” looks at the environmental impact of human conflict: how a devastating civil war in Mozambique wiped out nearly all of the wildlife in that country in southeast Africa.
The “Moving Giants” series, which debuted earlier this month, takes its name from an ambitious, trans-border elephant-conservation project, in which 200 elephants are being moved more than 1,000 miles.
The elephants' home in South Africa — the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR, owned by De Beers Group) — has a carrying capacity of between 40 to 60 elephants, but as recently as this summer had more than 275. Approximately 200 elephants will have to be moved for the VLNR ecosystem to avoid collapse.
The video series, which will comprise seven episodes and feature new episodes every two weeks, will follow the elephants on their journey from South Africa to Mozambique, a country whose ecosystems desperately need elephants to survive. As elephants are a keystone species, they are critical to a habitat's survival.
By moving 200 elephants 1,000 miles, from the one habitat to the other, two ecosystems can be saved — as can the elephants themselves.
To see previous episodes in the series, please visit our video hub here.