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Window on Eternity: Exploring Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park

May 17, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


A Window on Eternity: Exploring Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park

Special Event

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street


Located in central Mozambique, the Gorongosa National Park (http://www.gorongosa.org) is home to an extraordinary diversity of ecosystems and wildlife. Established in 1960, Gorongosa was nearly destroyed during Mozambique’s civil war. Thanks to a public-private partnership created in 2004 by the government of Mozambique and the U.S.-based Carr Foundation, the park is successfully restoring its wildlife populations and also developing economic opportunities for its local community.


In his new book, A Window on Eternity: A Biologist’s Walk through Gorongosa National Park, Harvard Professor Edward O. Wilson examines the near destruction and rebirth of Gorongosa and describes through prose photographs by Piotr Naskrecki and why Gorongosa is one of the most unique places on Earth. Pre-signed copies of A Window on Eternity will be available for purchase in the museum store.


The day’s events will highlight the history and biodiversity of Gorongosa through film, a new exhibition by nature photographer and entomologist Piotr Naskrecki, and a special conversation with Edward O. Wilson, Piotr Naskrecki, and Gregory Carr, President of the Carr Foundation.



Schedule and Locations


12:00 Noon

Film Screening, Haller Hall


Africa: The Future

(UK, 2013, 60 min.)

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, this episode of BBC’s groundbreaking six-part series on the wildlife and landscapes of Africa highlights key conservation projects and local efforts aimed at protecting this continent’s most threatened species. The film features the restoration of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. Produced by Kate Broome.


Free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


1:30-3:00 pm

Film Screening, Haller Hall


Africa’s Lost Eden

(USA, 2010, 50 min.)

Journey with National Geographic to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park and learn about the conservation efforts that are protecting the animals and landscapes of this extraordinary site. Directed and produced by James Byrne. Due to the nature of its content and images, this film is not recommended for children.


Introduced by Gregory Carr, President of the Carr Foundation and the Gorongosa Restoration Project. Q&A with Gregory Carr follows the screening.


Free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.






3:30-4:30 pm

Film Screening, Haller Hall 


The Guide

(USA, 2013, 40 min.)

The Guide is a coming-of-age tale set against the restoration of a war-torn national park in Mozambique. Raised near Gorongosa National Park, young Tonga Torcida dreams of becoming a tour guide. But when he meets famed biologist Edward O. Wilson, his new view of the world around him—and his future—places him at a crossroads. Directed by Jessica Yu.


Free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


5:00-6:00 pm

Special Presentation, Geological Lecture Hall


Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Restoration Story: The History and Future of Gorongosa National Park 


Featured Speakers:


Edward O. Wilson, Author, University Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University

Piotr Naskrecki, Photographer, Associate in Entomology, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

Gregory C. Carr, President, Carr Foundation and the Gorongosa Restoration Project


Free and open to the public.  Advance registration required

Complimentary event parking available in the 52 Oxford St. Garage



6:00-7:30 pm

Photography Exhibition Viewing and Reception


Lobby exhibition featuring Piotr Naskrecki’s photographs of Gorongosa National Park and reception (co-sponsored by the Harvard University Chapter of Sigma Xi)

Free event parking available in the 52 Oxford St. Garage


May 17, 2014
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Categories:


Harvard Museums of Science & Culture


Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States