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Mary Anne Fox
Here We Go Again...
I feel like we just finished last year's Planet in Peril and already here I am with cameramen Phil and Neil in Northern Rwanda filming Planet in Peril: Battle Lines.
The three of us are what you can call the "advance team". When possible, we get to the locations early to begin filming, go over logistics and meet with possible characters to interview. I always enjoy this time to really soak in our surroundings – the people, the landscape, and the food.
We're here in Rwanda to tell the story on how the conservation of wildlife can actually help rebuild a country. The Mountain Gorillas have done just that for Rwanda, despite its tragic history which left the country in shambles in 1994. In 2007 alone, the Mountain Gorillas brought in more than 7 million U.S. dollars; making tourism the third largest generator of foreign capital for this small country.
Over the next week, we'll be spending time in the villages impacted by the ecotourism industry, talk to guides who put their life on the line during the genocide to protect the gorillas and perhaps one of the most incredible opportunities ever – time in the forest with one of the most magnificent and endangered animals on the face of the planet.
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