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The Great Buffalo Saga

The Great Buffalo Saga

By the late 1800s the free-ranging buffalo of the western plains of North America were almost extinct. This documentary is the story of the buffalo's revival. Live action, eye-witness accounts and archival photos document our fascination with this ancient and legendary animal. By the director of Atonement.

  • director
    Michael McKennirey
  • editing
    Michael McKennirey
  • writer
    Boyce Richardson
  • co-director
    Boyce Richardson
  • cinematography
    Michael McKennirey
    James Jeffrey
  • original music
    Allan Rae
  • narration
    Max Ferguson
  • location sound
    Bev Davidson
    Clancy Livingston
  • additional cinematography
    André-Luc Dupont
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau
  • music editing
    Diane Le Floc'h
  • foley artist
    Andy Malcolm
  • foley mixer
    Louis Hone
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl
    Adrian Croll
  • producer
    Mark Zannis
  • unit administrator
    Robert Spence
  • executive producer
    Barrie Howells


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Ages 9 to 17

Geography - Territory: Protected
Science - Biology
Science - Environmental Science
Science - Life Systems/Ecology

Have students research what led to the near extinction of buffalo. How were they saved? How can we protect endangered species from the problems imposed on them by humankind? Have students choose an endangered species, make a class collage with all the animals and include an animal rap sheet outlining key facts everyone should know about the chosen animal.

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