Nature's Fear Factor

(Season 47, Episode 13)

Series: Nova

Air Date: 2020-10-14

Language: English

Genre: Documentary, Biography

Networks: PBS


For animals in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, the normal balance of competition and predation was upended when a war wiped out the top predators. The remaining animals didn’t simply grow in numbers—they began behaving in unusual ways, veering outside their typical territories and feeding patterns. Could it be that it’s not just predators’ kills that keep other populations in check, but also the fear they inspire? NOVA joins a team of scientists as they reintroduce wild dogs to Gorongosa to find out if restoring the park’s “landscape of fear” can restore balance to an entire ecosystem. (Premiered October 14, 2020)

Guest Starts :

Belinda Giblin, Rob Kipa-Williams, Bree Peters