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The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa


Set against the restoration of war-torn Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, The Guide 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. 

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Growing up near Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Tonga Torcida has dreamt of becoming a tour guide at the park. But when he meets and gets to work with ant biologist E.O. Wilson in the park, his views of the world around him—and of his future—drastically change. Torcida decides to pursue a career in science and work to ensure that the park is enjoyed by future generations.

Produced by Academy Award winning filmmaker Jessica Yu, 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 film and accompanying resources serve as a case study in ecology and conservation biology. Continue visiting this page, as we will provide additional supporting resources for further exploration by students and educators.

To meet Tonga Torcida and find out how to support his efforts to restore Gorongosa’s biodiversity, visit http://www.gorongosa.org/classroom

Curriculum Connections:

NGSS (April 2013)
MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-4

AP Biology (2012–13)
2.D.1, 2.D.3, 4.A.5, 4.A.6, 4.B.3, 4.B.4

IB Biology (2009)
G.3.3, G.4.3, G.4.4

AP Environmental Science Themes and Topics (April 2013)
Themes: 1, 4, 5, 6
Topics: II.A, II.C, IV.D.3, IV.D.4, IV.D.5, VII.C.1, VII.C.2

C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards
D2.Eco.15.9-12, D2.Geo.5.9-12, D2.Geo.6.9-12, D2.His.14.9-12

Supporting Materials (3)

Classroom Resource
This article by Gorongosa National Project staff explains the project’s history, mission, and future goals.
Classroom Resource
The following classroom-ready resources complement The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa, which tells the story of Tonga Torcida, a young man coming of age on Mount Gorongosa and in the newly revitalized Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Click & Learn
This interactive map of Gorongosa National Park allows users to explore different features of the park, including key components of the conservation strategy. 

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