Activity for The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa
This activity explores conservation biology topics presented in the short film The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa. This film tells the story of Tonga Torcida, a young man who discovers his passion for science in the newly revitalized Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Growing up near Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Tonga Torcida dreamed of becoming a tour guide at the park. But when he meets ant biologist E. O. Wilson, his views of the world around him, and of his future, change drastically. Tonga decides to pursue a career in science and work to ensure that the park is enjoyed by future generations. The film weaves themes in conservation biology and environmental science, the value of scientific mentorship, and the social and economic realities of wilderness restoration.
The “Student Handout” probes students’ understanding of the key concepts addressed in the film. The “Educator Materials” document provides suggested pause points in the film with questions for students, background information, and detailed discussion points; a list of related resources and references; and an answer key for the “Student Handout.”
Student Learning Targets
Explain the importance of protected areas for conserving wildlife.
Interpret data to explain how human activity has affected Gorongosa National Park.
Africa, bioblitz, biodiversity, careers in science, conservation, wildlife
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HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-5, HS-ESS3-4; SEP6
4.A.5, 4.B.3, 4.C.4; SP2, SP5
3.1, 3.3, 3.4