Extinction in Progress
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Haiti is known to be the poorest country of the western hemisphere and is still struggling to get on its feet from a disastrous earthquake, but Haiti's real problem is the complete degradation of its natural resources. Natural forests cover today less than two percent of its territory. Scientists predict a mass extinction of Haiti's biodiversity.
A team of scientists and naturalists travel on foot, by car, boat and helicopter to the most remote locations of the country to investigate the current state of Haiti's biodiversity and surprisingly discover almost 50 new species and rediscover species thought to be lost. The extent of discoveries is extremely rare in the world of natural science.
A combined effort by a local NGO, Dr. Blair Hedges (evolutionary biologist, Center for Biodiversity at Temple University), and the Philadelphia Zoo led to the creation of a breeding program in the zoo of highly endangered amphibians and a cryobanking program. Also one of the most endangered mammals of the world, the Hispaniolan Solenodon, and other rare species are encountered.
Director/DP: Jurgen Hoppe
Producers: Jurgen Hoppe and Dr. Blair Hedges
Duration: 56 mins.
Format: HD 1080/30p, Stereo
Subtitles: English / Spanish
Haiti, USA, 2014
Official Selection "Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington" 2014
Official Selection "Ecozine Intl. Film Festival, Zaragoza", Spain 2014
Official Selection "Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival", 2014
Official Selection "Life Sciences Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014