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The World About Us (1967 - 1987): Kopje - A Rock for All Seasons  (1980)

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Granite islands set in a rolling ocean of grassland.  Massive outcrops of Africa's acient bed-rock dwarfed by the immense surrounding plains of the Serengeti.  They call them "kopjes".  They are in intriguing stage on and around which a drama of African wildlife is played out year by year.

The rocks are a hunter's lair for lion and cheetah.  There's water, too, in secret pools abundant with life and nourishing huge trees and exotic plants that are browsed by giraffe and klipspringer.

But it is creatures like the curious hyrax, the colourful and acrobatic Agama lizard and huge Verreaux's eagle that , by never deserting these islands even at the driest time of year when the plains are empty of gazelles and wildebeest, make these remote rocks a refuge for all seasons.

Winner of the "Merit award" and the "Special achievement in Editing' award at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana, USA in 1983

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Associate Producer: Polyphon International
Film Cameraman: Hugh Maynard
Film Cameraman: Stephen Bolwell
Film Editor: Peter Heeley
Narrator: Barry Ernest Paine
Producer: Barry Ernest Paine
Producer's Assistant: Sheila Fullom
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Series Editor: Peter Jones
Series Editor: Anthony Isaacs
Sound: Keith Rodgerson
Sound: Peter Copeland
Camera team and Barry Paine
Camera team and Barry Paine
Filming camp for
Filming camp for "Kopje: A Rock for All Seasons"
Crew check camera
Crew check camera
Filming a python
Filming a python
Crew and camera
Crew and camera
Filming camp with parked landrovers for
Filming camp with parked landrovers for "Kopje:...
Camp mealtime
Camp mealtime