Jeep Brand Presented the First Episode of Discovery Channel’s ‘Serengeti’ Series
The first episode of Discovery Channel’s highly anticipated epic family summer event “Serengeti” was presented by the Jeep brand. The commercial-free series exclusive presenting a sponsor. The six-episode, weekly one-hour series, “Serengeti,” premiered Sunday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.
“Serengeti” exposes inspiring journeys through the perspective of the animals in the Serengeti this summer who knows the land best. Hit-maker Simon Fuller from pop culture, immersive natural history producer John Downer and narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’ o, and in partnership with the BBC, the Discovery Channel and “Serengeti” captures the real drama of the animals’ daily lives. Rivals will tear families apart, and the elements will put them all to the test.
The Jeep brand financed the Discovery Channel’s sweepstakes, which gives the chance of someone winning $20,000 toward their adventure with Serengeti at discovery.com/serengetisweeps. John Downer Productions and XIX Entertainment make Serengeti, and it was ordered for BBC TV by Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual and Natural History. The landmark series is created and produced by Fuller and its directed and produced by Downer, and Nancy Daniels and Howard Swartz serve as executive producers for Discovery Channel.
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The Serengeti National Park is located in the Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the regions of Mara and Simiyu. It’s famous for the annual relocation of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest. There are 250,000 zebra, Nile crocodile, and honey badgers in the National Park.
The Maasai people had been cropping their livestock in the open plains of eastern Mara Region. For about 200 years, when the first European explorer came, they named them the “endless plains.” The word “Serengeti” means “the place where the land runs on forever,” which is used by the Maasai to describe the area, siringit.
The first American to enter the Serengeti was Stewart Edward White and he recorded his explorations when he was in the northern Serengeti. He returned to Serengeti in the 1920s and he camped in the area around Seronera for three months. During that time, he and his companions shot 50 lions.
The hunting of lions made them deficient. The British colonial administration made a partial reserve of 800 acres in the area in 1921 and in 1929 a full one. These actions were the basis for the Serengeti National Park, which was set in 1951.
The Serengeti obtained more fame in the1950s after the initial work of Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael. Together, they produced the film and the book Serengeti Shall Not Die, which is acknowledged as an important early piece of the nature conservation documentary.
To conserve the wildlife, the British evicted the resident Maasai from the park. They were moved to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 1959. There is controversy surrounding the move, with claims made of deceit and coercion on the part of the colonial authorities.
The park is Tanzania’s oldest national park and remains the flagship of the country’s tourism industry, providing a significant draw to the Northern Safari Circuit encompassing Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It has over 2,500 lions and more than 1 million wildebeest.
The Neoproterozoic Ikorongo Group consists of sandstone, shale, and siltstone, form linear ridges. The southeast portion of the park contains Oldoinyo Lengai Holocene-aged volcanic ash and Ngorongoro Neogene-aged volcanic. The Mara, Grometi, Mbalageti, and Orangi rivers flow westward to Lake Victoria, while the Oldupai River flows eastward into the Olbalbal Swamps.
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