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Europe's Wild West - Portugal
Year: 2020
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Gernot Lercher

A co-production by ORF, ARTE, BR and Skyland Productions and Proell Film in association with ORF-Enterprise
Available worldwide except for Germany and France

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , German (SUB TITLE) , French (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

Europe's Wild West - Portugal

Portugal - Europas Wilder Westen

Portugal was once a great power that linked the Old and New Worlds -and this history is reflected in the country's landscapes and wildlife. Wild horses small enough to fi t on the cramped ocean-going ships were tamed in the northern mountains and exported to gold-greedy Conquistadores. Now Portugal'sea-horses are threatened by modern global trade: illegal fishing to supply far-eastern exotic medicines. The 20th Century dictator Antonio Salazar imported quick-growing eucalyptus trees from Australia to revive the timber industry. But the highly inflammable eucalyptus now cause devastating forest fi res, which Portugal's remaining cork oak forests -home to hundreds of white storks -can easily survive. Protected Mediterranean monk seals are slowly rebuilding their decimated numbers in the Atlantic off the coast of Madeira, while on the neighbouring Desertas Islands, the world's largest wolf spiders cannibalise each other. Massive flocks of vultures migrate to a warmer continent, overflying coastal cliff s battered by the world's biggest waves. Air, Earth, Fire and Water in this country the ancient elements still rule.

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