A land of legend, beauty, romance and mystery will spring to life with the screening of the fourth University Travel Club film of the current series, "Africa Camera Safari," in Kingsbury Hall Monday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m.
Much of this majestic continent remains as it was down through time, providing sanctuary for millions of wild animals. Civilization's "progress" is rapidly encroaching into the animals' natural habitat. Soon, only the national game parks will contain animals still "running free." Fortunately, most of these parks are large and well managed.Countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe are putting forth national efforts to reduce a flood of poaching that has devastated several animal species. The elephant population has been reduced from one million to about 365,000 in one decade. In the same period, the black rhino population has decreased 94 percent from 65,000 to under 4,000 and is in serious danger of extinction. It is a sad commentary on the human species when entire game parks must be surrounded with electrified fences to protect endangered animals from destruction.
Cinematographer Clint Denn takes you on a tour of one of these enclosed parks and several others still open but protected by armed rangers. From the Serenghetti to Ngorogoro and Mt. Kenya on the equator, each is an adventure. You will see hippos at Mzima Springs, lions sleeping in trees at Lake Manyara, elephants feeding at Sweetwaters, an animal orphanage at Mt. Kenya, birds, baboons and wild dogs at Tanzania's Ngorogoro Crater with its 25,000 animals.
Accompany the filmmaker on a flight over Victoria Falls . . . on a drive through the streets of historic Nairobi in Kenya . . . on a cruise amid crocodiles, along the Nile to Murchison Falls, and meet the Maasai, the tall and dignified people of the land.
Ice-laden Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, contrasts sharply with Mzima Springs. And on the road to Tsavo, elephants have the right-of-way. Watch exciting native dances and meet a friendly rhino.
There is beauty, charm, action and excitement in this colorful program depicting South and East Africa.
Clint Denn has been a movie actor, author, photographer, underwater explorer and teacher as well as an award-winning filmmaker.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, he joined in partnership with Col. John D. Craig, famed for his daring television series including "I Search for Adventure," and "Of Lands and Seas."
Denn has appeared in a number of Hollywood movies as an actor, stunt double and cameraman, filming below and above the water.
Clint Denn returns to Kingsbury Hall after a five-year absence with a blend of talent and love of travel and adventure. He brings to the UTC viewer one of our season's most exciting films.
General admission tickets will be on sale in Kingsbury Hall 210, weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 6:30 p.m. till showtime. The free shuttlebus will begin service in Rice Stadium parking lot about 7:10 p.m.