The Kingdom of the Bee Hummingbird

More than 80 nature preserves have been created since the Cuban Revolution in 1959, covering almost 25 per cent of the island's territory. The Humboldt National Park, in the eastern part of Cuba, has unique mountainous cloud forests, plateaus, rivers, mangrove swamps, coastal forests and coral reefs.

Cuba's fauna has plenty of dwarfs and few giants. More frog species can be found than mammal species and yet: a fascinating ensemble without equal in the archipelago of the Greater Antilles.

With few more than 2 inches the bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. Like the little colibri the tiny Monte Iberia Eleuth belongs to the many endemic and often also endangered species. More than 80 nature preserves have been created since the Cuban Revolution in 1959, covering almost 25 per cent of the island's territory. The Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt, in the eastern part of Cuba, has unique mountainous cloud forests, plateaus, rivers, mangrove swamps, coastal forests and coral reefs. In 2001, the Humboldt National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Director: Cornelia Volk

Cornelia Volk was born in Heilbronn, Germany, June, 6th 1970. After grammar school she studied political science, German literature and rhetorics in Tuebingen. Since 1997 she is working as a freelance author and director for Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk and the European Cultural Channel Arte. She made several films of the MDR series „Abenteuer Zoo“ and „Europas wilder Osten“ as well as about trans-boundary conservation areas or so called Peace Parks all over the world.

Germany
2009
58 Min.
German
3
Director: Cornelia Volk
Author: Cornelia Volk
Camera: Oliver Jähnel
Editing: Dietmar Käfert
Music:
Speaker: Hans Henrik Wöhler
Editor: Monika Seiffert
Website URL: www.mdr.de/tiere