Based “HOTSPOTS Revisited: Earth’s Biologically Richest And Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions,” the amazing book by Russell A. Mittermeier, et.al.1, this expeditionary documentary feature film demonstrates the many conservation efforts that are succeeding throughout the world; and what is necessary — in the real world — to ensure a sustainable future for life on planet Earth. Locations in Chile, Madagascar, Peru, Brazil, New Zealand, and the U.S. were selected as vital representatives of the 35 terrestrial hotspots currently identified by scientists working at Conservation International. The film unveils a myriad of primates, rodents, avians, amphibians, bats, insects, unique plants, reptiles, and human cultural artifacts, some of which have never been previously filmed. Several new species are captured on film for the very first time.
Stylistically, this groundbreaking piece incorporates a real-life, behind-the-scenes look conservation filmmaking itself, the movie “HOTSPOTS” is based on an analysis of representative key critical habitats around the world that most require conservation; of techniques that are being used to preserve the greatest number of endangered, threatened, and vulnerable species and genera; and the future prospects for a number of regions throughout the earth where there is a high likelihood that well-crafted science, government commitment, community conservation, and intelligent philanthropic options can make an enormous difference.
Countless colleagues, scientific organizations, research specialists, government agencies and NGOs played integral parts in the making of this feature film journey.
1. Included in the complete list of co-authors are: Patricio Robles Gil, Russell A. Mittermeier, John Pilgrim, Michael Hoffmann, Crisitina Goettsch Mittermeier, Thomas Brooks, Gustavo A. B. Da Fonseca, John Lamoreux, Preface by Peter A. Seligmann, Foreword by Harrison Ford, CEMEX 2004, working with Conservation International and Arupación Sierra Madre.