Wild Carpathia examines the unique importance of Transylvania as a haven of European biodiversity and peasant culture. The mountains, hills, forests and meadows of the region are home to bears, wolves and the elusive Lynx. The area is also home to traditional small-scale farming communities that are relevant for the future of Europe too, since they offer healthy food, short food chains and minimal ecological impact. Little known to the rest of the world, this is perhaps the last great wilderness in Europe.
In his quest to find remote villages, cross mountains and spot bears in the wild, presenter Charlie Ottley meets a dedicated group of individuals whose passion for this area is helping to redefine its importance as one of the great surviving wonders of the natural world.
These include a Tibor Kalnoky, a Transylvanian Count who is working to conserve some of the most ancient of Carpathia's medieval villages and HRH The Prince of Wales. The film also reports on the work of Fundatia ADEPT in trying to preserve this landscape and these communities.
Wild Carpathia includes stunning footage of Transylvania including never-before-seen aerial shots of the Carpathians. Furthermore, it captures the fragile majesty of a unique ecosystem and shows why it deserves to be preserved in all its glory for the benefit of future generations and the survival of Europe's most endangered carnivores.The film may be purchased from the Travel Channel shop - see www.travelchannel.co.uk/travelshop/products.asp