NATURE: Wild Balkans on WXXI-TV

NATURE: Wild Balkans on WXXI-TV

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Lake Skadar is the largest lake at Balkan Peninsula, famous for its diversity of flora and fauna. 

Credit: Courtesy of Rita Schlamberger ©ORF/Science Vision 

In the landscape of the Balkans live wild animals that have all but vanished from the rest of Europe.

Thick forests, vast wetlands, deep chasms – the Balkan peninsula is wild and pristine, a landscape that looks as if it was taken straight from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.  But here, instead of orcs and elves, there are lynx and minks, bears and birds that have all but vanished from the rest of Europe.  Nature takes viewers on a journey of discovery into the heart of the Balkans in Wild Balkans, airing Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011). The film features a wide variety of spectacular views and fascinating inhabitants to be found in the area, including the magnificent gorges and rich woodlands of the Durmitor Mountains in Montenegro, and the awe-inspiring flocks of birds that travel each year to nest in the Danube Delta that stretches between Romania and Ukraine.