National Geographic : 1993 Feb
On Television Animal Guardians: Profiles in Compassion Reunited after 12 years, one time zookeeper Margaret Cook and the now grown orangutan Pumpkin share a touch ing moment (below). When Cook learned that young primates in her care had been sold to dealers-a practice now discouraged-she quit her job and began a decade's quest to find them. Pumpkin, after years of inadequate care, had found ref uge at a wildlife sanctuary near San Antonio, Texas. Eight stories of dedication to the conservation and welfare of animals form the focus of the new NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Special "Keepers of the Wild," produced by award- winning filmmaker Allison Argo. "I grew up in the theater," said Argo, who debuted on her parents' stage at age two. "So I have always been drawn to strong characters. When I began this film, I asked, 'Who are the heroes?' " Such heroes include Andy Lodge, rhino protector in Kenya; Sue Bar nard of Atlanta, passionate advo cate for bats; Jack Castor, for 40 years caretaker of the San Francisco Zoo's Lion House; and Quentin Bloxam, one of the guardians of the few remaining members of the spe cies Partulamirabilis-asnail. Their example reminds us that on a human-dominated planet, fellow animals depend on our stewardship. "Keepers of the Wild," Special on PBS, February 17, 8p.m. ET. NEIL RETTIG PRODUCTIONS Face-to-Face With the Harpy Eagle Most powerful bird of prey, the harpy eagle (above) has a wingspan of more than six feet, talons the size of bear claws, and an attack speed of about 50 miles an hour. Filmmaker and naturalist Neil Rettig wore a helmet and bulletproof vest to document the nesting habits of this rare bird deep in Guyana's rain forests. For his EXPLORER film "Flight of the Harpy Eagle," coproduced with Steve Burns and Kim Hayes, Rettig spent ten hours a day for six months in a four-by-six-foot blind, marking the transformation of a nestbound chick to a fledgling. Based largely on Rettig's research, the Guyana government is consider ing creation of a reserve for the harpy eagle, at risk from habitat destruction in much of its range Mexico to northern Argentina. "Flightof the Harpy Eagle" airs Feb ruary 28 on EXPLORER, TBS Super Station, 9p.m. ET. STEVENPUMPHREY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICEXPLORERAIRSON TBS SUPERSTATION,SUNDAYSAT 9 P.M. ET . NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSPECIALSAIR ON PBS;CHECKLOCALLISTINGS.