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Television for the Environment (TVE)
: Based in London, this NGO acts as a distributor and producer of environmental films all over the world. They have a large archive of material from their films that they offered us access to. Although not specific to the area, we were able to get some of the more general shots for use in the water cycle section. www.tve.org

African Environmental Film Foundation (AEFF): This NGO specialises in making excellent feature length documentaries in East Africa focusing upon important environmental issues. They had made a film on the Great Ruaha River and therefore had a number of rushes, not used in the final production, that were invaluable in this project. We made specific requests for film on particular topics to which Simon Trevor kindly responded. www.aeffonline.org

Katelina and Mtemi. As filmmakers based in Tanzania, Katelina and Mtemi are well equipped to tackle specific filming jobs. When given the opportunity by WCS to fly over the Ruaha, we decided to enlist a professional cameraman with a high-quality camera to take the footage. Although our budget would not normally allow for this, Katelina and Mtemi kindly stepped in to offer their time and skills for free in return for us setting up a filming opportunity for them in Iringa.

Sue Stolberger: Sue is a trustee of FORS and an artist living in the Ruaha National Park. As such she has first hand access to many of the issues and events that happen in and around the area and has an excellent archive of footage taken on her personal miniDV camera. She kindly made this available to use in this project.

Alan Root: As one of the foremost natural history film-makers in the world, Alan has made many fantastic films. For many years now he has also been translating and making copies of these and distributing them for local educational use around East Africa. He was also recently the winner of the Wildscreen Filmmakers for Conservation Award. So we were very pleased when he
agreed that his footage could be used by us in this, and hopefully other future projects.

& Richard Brock: As founder of the Brock Initiative, Richard offered up all his footage for use in all Brock Initiative projects. Although not specific to the area, it has proved invaluable, covering virtually any ecosystem and animal around. This flexibility means, for example, that you can edit-in international examples within a local film, thus really enriching the final product. Needless to say Richard has also, except for local logistic costs, financially backed the entire project. Without his support and vision, this project would have never have happened and so we are eternally grateful to him.

Ben Please

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