Lost Land of the Volcano – A Documentary About Papua New Guinea’s Undiscovered Wildlife
Lost Land of the Volcano is a three part documentary following an expedition into the heart of Papua New Guinea – the extinct volcano crater of Mount Bosavi, underground caves in West New Britain and active volcanoes of Rabaul, East New Britain.
The major players in this documentary are Dr. George McGavin (tropical insect), Steve Backshall (climber /naturalist) and Gordon Buchanan (camera). Directed by Jonny Young and narrated by Philip Glenister, we are taken on a three hour journey of discovery and awe.
The team discovers some new species including the much publicized Bosavi Wolly Rat.
The film also points out the rapid rate the rain-forests are being harvested and the need for conservation. There is interaction with the local landowners and we are presented their dilemma – they want to conserve their environment but they also have basic needs like education and medicine which logging can provide.
Produced by the BBC Natural History Unit, the film is a jewel in educational and conservation efforts.
It is also a real eye opener to the undocumented species waiting to be discovered in Papua New Guinea.