Discovering the Natural History of a Hidden Empire
At the heart of this episode, without forgetting Lake Baikal’s nerpa seal, the Volga’s cranes, or the rare Caucasian bison, is a study of one of Russia’s most important natural resources.
From the shores of the Volga to the depths of lake Baikal, and to the thousand rivers of the Caucasus, Russia has a supply of incalculable wealth: water. In a world that faces water shortages, Russia’s blue gold has become a precious natural resource.
Russia holds a good hundred protected reserves and nature parks that, until now, were kept from the public. They are distributed across an enormous expanse of land that has remained largely inaccessible, until today. Now, a combined Franco-Russian team explores these natural treasures. Their expedition allows us to discover exciting wildlife that is both surprising and unexpected, flourishing in the many unexplored reaches of Russia.
This first series consists of two independent episodes which each deal with particular Russian regions. The films offer a richly diverse and original investigation of the natural secrets of these lands and their flora and fauna. The captivating footage of plants, animals, and landscapes that dominate these regions are all the more magical as they are offered to us here for the first time.
See Part 1 of the two-part series here.