Serengeti Shall not die

Name ID 1504

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Heminway, John No Man's Land: The Last of White Africa
Page Number: 169
Extract Date: 1950's

Serengeti Shall Not Die

Alan's work with the Denises was interrupted one day by a zebra-striped Dornier aircraft that circled the Serengeti headquarters and landed next to the game warden's house. The plane was piloted by Bernhard and Michael Grzimek. a father-and-son team from Frankfurt. Germany. They wanted to record the movements of the herds of wildebeest and zebra over the course of a year, in hopes that the legal boundaries of the park would one day contain their migration. The first order of business was to hire a cameraman. Did the game warden happen to know one? Myles Turner, a man of fierce loyalties, made it clear that they could do no better than Alan Root, who happened to be filming nearby. Before Alan had even heard of the arrangement. Myles had successfully negotiated his contract.

The film they made with Alan was called �Serengeti Shall not die�. Of the few collaborations Alan has made, he can remember none so pleasant. He and Michael were much alike, not only in age. but in their approach to the game. They both were curious about the complex set of debts and promises that connect predators and prey: they both were consumed by the extravagance of life on these plains: and both of them were comics and daredevils.

The fun came to an end one day when Michael, flying alone, struck a vulture in midflight. With the ailerons and flaps jammed, the plane went into a dive. Michael was buried on the lip of the Ngorongoro Crater and the epitaph on his gravestone is simple: "Michael Grzimck - 11.4.1934 to 10.1.1959. He gave all he possessed for the wild animals of Africa, including his life."

Extract ID: 4156

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Grzimek, Bernhard Serengeti Shall not die
Extract Date: 1959

Serengeti darf nicht sterben

Internet Movie Database

Directed by

Bernhard Grzimek

Writing credits

Bernhard Grzimek

Tagline: Filmed In The Green Hell of Africa's Jungles! (more)

User Rating: 8.8/10 (22 votes)

Also Known As:

Serengeti (1960) (USA)

Serengeti Shall not die (1959)

Runtime: 85

Country: West Germany

Language: German

Color: Color

Sound Mix: Mono

Certification: Finland:S / Germany:6 (w)


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Kassel, Germany

Date: 14 January 1999

Summary: The animal film of all time

The Serengeti is one of the biggest paradises of the world. In no area of the world you can see more beautiful animals than here. The film shows what Michael and Bernhard Grzmimek had done to rescue the Serengeti National Park in Tansania. "Serengeti Shall not die" is beautifully photographed. It's a moving and sad movie because Michael Grzimek gave his life for the wild animals of the Serengeti.

Extract ID: 3343

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Extract Author: Bob Verini
Page Number: 2008 12 25
Extract Date: 1960s

'Serengeti Shall Not Die'

Hello! Very interesting website. I am fascinated with East Africa.

I could have sworn that I saw the documentary 'Serengeti Shall not die' on local (NY) television in the 1960s, but other than one showing at the Motion Picture Academy -- during which I was out of town -- I can't seem to catch up with it. Would you have any information on its DVD or VHS availability?

Many thanks --

Bob Verini

Extract ID: 5931

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Extract Author: Andrew Fowler
Page Number: 2003 10 09

Serengeti shall not die on film?

Dear ask@ntz,

I am a scientist/conservationist working with chimpanzees and other primates in Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria. The Head of the Nigerian National Parks Service in Nigeria, (Alhaji Marguba, Conservator General, to give him his correct title) told me he had seen Grzimek's film 'Serengeti Shall not die' many years ago and enjoyed it greatly. I have managed to find a second hand copy of the book for him, but I cannot locate an English version of the film, although it is available in German from (German Do you have any ideas of how I might obtain this to present to the Alhaji?

Thank you for attention. I enjoyed your website greatly.

Yours in hope,

Andrew Fowler


Thanks for your kind comments about the web site.

Short answer is that I have no idea. I'm actually off to Tanzania tomorrow for three weeks and will ask around to see if anyone out there has any thoughts. It's just the kind of thing that may be gathering dust on someone's shelves. But unlikely.

I picked up another Grzimek book recently (Among the Animals) which has some hilarious photos of experiments showing cardboard cut-outs of lions, elephants and rhinos to real life ones. Maybe not the sort of thing you could get away with now.

If you find anything, do let me know, and I can add it to the pool of knowledge. Etc




Extract ID: 4669

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Extract Author: Ed Carter
Page Number: 2004 04 06

film print of Serengeti Shall not Die

I am the Documentary Curator of the Motion Picture Academy, and am looking

for a film print of Serengeti Shall not die. Any ideas where I might locate


Thanks very much,

Ed Carter

I had a similar enquiry last year from someone looking for an English Language video of the film (he had found it in German).

At the time my best suggestion was to contact Dr. Markus Borner,, who lives out in the Serengeti and represents the Frankfurt Zoological Society. I can't find a specific email address for him, but you could try the enquiry form on the Serengeti web site

and there's an address at the end of this page

More recently I saw mention of a German project to shoot a film about Grzmick. Some details here

Maybe there are some contacts there that could help you more.

Have you tried contacting any of the people involved in the IMAX Serengeti Film. Some of their researchers must have looked at the Grzmick film (I hope).

Another suggestion is to contact the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol - it's full of knowledgeable people.

NHU, BBC Whiteladies Road Bristol BS8 2LR

+44 117 973 2211 Switch board

And a final suggestion is to contact

They do a monthly newsletter which often has appeals from people looking for specific current or historical footage.

Hope this is of some help.

Let me know if you do track down a print.


Extract ID: 4863

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Extract Author: Martin
Page Number: 2007 07 28
Extract Date: 28-Jul-2007

Serengeti darf nicht sterben

'Serengeti darf nicht sterben' on

Sprache (language): Deutsch, Englisch

It includes 'Kein Platz f�r wilde Tiere' by the way.

Extract ID: 5426