Chile is the face of international TV series on natural history

Award-winning Chilean film director begins work on a new project to illuminate the natural wonders of Chilean Patagonia via the power of moving image.

Guanacos on the plains of the UNESCO Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Photo by Wikipedia.
Guanacos on the plains of the UNESCO Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Photo by Wikipedia.

Torres del Paine National Park is one of Chile’s most fascinating areas for natural beauty. It’s also one of the best places in the world for nature lovers looking to come into contact with a thriving puma population.

May 2014 marks the start of a lengthy, detailed filming schedule which will be developed into a new TV series dedicated to the natural activity of the indigenous fauna and flora which inhabit the park. The series is the product of a creative partnership between the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Chilean cinematographer, Christian Muñoz-Donoso.

As well as the chance to see up-close footage of Chile’s booming puma population, nature lovers will be made privy to unbeatable insights into the daily activities of blue whales, orcas and the guanaco — a wild Andean cameloid and cousin to the llama.

Chile’s Muñoz-Donoso will be teaming up with the BBC’s Natural History Series Producer, Tuppence Stone. Both Stone and Muñoz-Donoso were inspired at an early age to become actively involved in filming the wonders of the natural world thanks to the cinematographic achievements of Sir. David Attenborough. Attenborough is world famous, particularly for the wildlife experience he narrated via the TV program, Planet Earth — a series which also included its very own trip across the Patagonian regions of Argentina and Chile.

The timing of the filming of the series has played an important role in the cinematic scheduling. Puma cubs born in December will be just about ready in May to start going out on their first outings with their mothers, giving Muñoz-Donoso and the rest of the team the opportunity to capture some truly moving footage.

The film crew will be staying at the EcoCamp Patagonia Lodge until all filming is complete, perfectly located just outside the limits of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Despite land-clearing, forestry, agriculture industry needs and a growing number of farms across Chile’s Patagonia, which could threaten natural habits of the wildlife in the region, the Andean nation has been working hard to reduce the risk of damage and to protect the indigenous fauna and flora within the area.

As an example, Chilean law protects the Patagonian puma living within the boundaries of the Torres del Paine National Park. Chile’s big cat population, once threatened, is now experiencing a considerable resurgence with numbers estimated to be in the region of 50 – 100.

As a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Torres del Paine is one of Chile’s iconic centers for the preservation of natural ecosystems and testament to the importance Chile places on the protection of the natural world.