Working with National Geographic


As part of the TWP strategy for preserving the eastern Carpathian eco-system, the power of the media in aiding such a cause can never be underestimated. So when the National Geographic approached me in January of this year for our assistance to help them make their documentary film, I jumped at the chance.  I have to say we were very impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the NAT GEO crew, and the endless hours they put in everyday to gain the best footage for their documentary. We can also see why they are so fit, as the amount of equipment they carried on their backs was quite phenomenal!

We have been in fabulous company with cameraman Shane Moore, who has worked on many infamous projects such as  'Planet Earth' with David Attenborough (BBC); 'Deadliest Catch' (Discovery); and 'Survival with Ray Mears'. This documentary will go a long way in highlighting the uniqueness of the flora and fauna  of the Carpathian region.

What National Geographic wanted from the Transylvanian Wildlife Project included logistical support including off road 4x4 transportation by Land Rover; local knowledge of flora and fauna; and specialist tracking skills. Our resident tracker, Laszlo Gal is an experienced tracker with an intimate knowledge of wildlife behaviour and their natural habitat.

Several people have asked me how I made contact with National Geographic? NAT GEO were interested in making a film about the ecosystem in this region and came across my TWP website on a web search. It was as simple as that, although this was only the first step to eight months of planning. All TWP members were soon involved as planning required co-ordination between the US, UK, Germany and Romania. Skye and Yahoo messenger became very useful tools for conference calls, allowing lengthy planning sessions at little to no cost.