The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa
This film is set in war-torn Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, a protected area that has been the subject of a large-scale restoration project. The film tells the story of a young man from the local community who discovers a passion for science after meeting world-renowned biologist E.O. Wilson.
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 accompanying article, written by Gorongosa National Project staff, explains the project’s history, mission, and future goals.
The “Abbreviated Film Guide” provides a short summary of the film, along with key concepts and connections to curriculum standards.
An audio descriptive version of the film is available via our media player.
Africa, bioblitz, careers in science, wildlife
HS-LS2.A, HS-LS2.C, HS-LS4.D, HS-ESS3.A, HS-ESS3.C
2.D.1, 2.D.3, 4.A.5, 4.A.6, 4.B.3, 4.B.4
4.1, C.1, C.3, C.4, C.5
II.A, II.C, IV.D.3, IV.D.4, IV.D.5, VII.C.1, VII.C.2
1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.3, 3.4, 8.2