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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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(Duration: 34 min 22 sec)

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.

Curriculum Connections:

NGSS (2013)
MS-LS2.A, MS-LS2.C, MS-LS2-5, MS-LS2.C, MS-S4.D, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3.C, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS2.C, HS-LS4.D, HS-ESS2.E, HS-ESS3.C, ETS1.B

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

IB (2009)
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, G1, G2, G3, G4

Environmental Science

The Living World

  • Ecosystem Structure (Biological populations and communities; ecological niches; interactions among species; keystone species; species diversity and edge effects; major terrestrial and aquatic biomes)
  • Ecosystem Diversity
(Biodiversity; natural selection; evolution; ecosystem services)

Land and Water Use

  • Public and federal lands
(Management; wilderness areas; national parks; wildlife refuges; forests; wetlands)
  • Land conservation options
(Preservation; remediation; mitigation; restoration)
  • Sustainable land-use strategies

Global Change: Biodiversity Loss

  • Habitat loss; overuse; pollution; introduced species; endangered and extinct species
  • Maintenance through conservation
  • Relevant laws and treaties

Related Resources:

To learn more about the Gorongosa National Park, visit http://www.gorongosa.org/
To learn more about the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, visit http://eowilsonfoundation.org/
To meet Tonga Torcida and find out how to support his efforts to restore Gorongosa’s biodiversity, visit http://www.gorongosa.org/classroom

Supplementary Materials from BioInteractive:

Continue visiting this page in the coming months, as we will provide a suite of supporting resources for further exploration by students and educators, including:

  • A discussion guide for the film
  • An article on the vision behind the Gorongosa Project
  • An interactive map of Gorongosa National Park
  • An interactive timeline of the Gorongosa Project
  • Several short videos on biodiversity research conducted at the park

Supporting Materials (1)

Classroom Resource
This article by Gorongosa National Project staff explains the project’s history, mission, and future goals.

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