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And so ... we went to Africa

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 6
David A. Lowry, a donor to the museum, and his wife Barbara went on safari in 1959 with professional hunter Sidney Downey. The film documents the Lowrys' vacation trip, starting from Nairobi, through Amboseli National Park and Garba Tula in Kenya to Tanzania's Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Unit, and Serengeti National Park. The Lowrys hired professional filmmaker Allen Bendig and editor Charles R. Senf to make a film of the safari. Excellent views of a wide variety of mammals and birds comprise the bulk of the footage. Specific animals shown include: rhinoceroses, giraffes, reticulated giraffes, elephants, oryxes, impalas, baboons, crowned cranes, black ibis, white ibis, stilts, secretary birds, wild dogs, wildebeests, Cape buffaloes, flamingoes, servels, egrets, Grant's and Grevy's zebras, hippopotamuses, eland, hyenas, lions, cheetahs, waterbucks, bat-eared foxes, topis, hyraxes, mongooses, klipspringers, warthogs and leopards. The narration addresses the decimation of African animals, stating that indigenous peoples and poachers were responsible. AMNH mammalogists who reviewed the script of the film prior to its completion believed the role of trophy hunters in the destruction of wildlife was vastly underestimated.

Dates

  • 1959

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Extent

1 Film Reel (35 minutes) : sound, color ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (35 minutes)) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

General

David Lowry and Barbara Lowry, filmmakers; Sidney Downey, professional hunter; Allen Bendig, photographer; Charles R. Senf, editor; Scott Healy, writer; Lee Bowman, associate producer and narrator; Sound Masters, inc., producer.

Creator

Title
And so ... we went to Africa, 1959
Author
Iris Lee
Date
2018
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Research Library Special Collections Repository

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