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NOVA; Business of Extinction, The

Part of The GBH Animals Collection.

In this clip, conservationist Gerald Durrell addresses the role zoos play in the international animal trade, and questions whether the release of zoo-bred animals into the wild will remain possible due to habitat loss. Primates are shown in captivity at an animal conservation center.

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Business of Extinction, The
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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NOVA explores the huge international illegal trade in animals, penetrates the thriving underworld of smugglers and assesses the effects on vanishing wildlife.

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Durrell, Gerald, 1925-1995 (Interviewee)
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