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Dancing with Cranes

On Location with a New Zealand Wildlife Film-maker



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Dancing with Cranes: On Location with a New Zealand Wildlife Film-maker by Alison Ballance
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Alison Ballance has bumped over the Mongolian steppe in search of wild horses; camped in mud when trying to film New Zealand's rare, nocturnal kakapo; she's flown deep into the Himalayas where demoiselle cranes migrate across the world's highest mountains. The intrepid wildlife film-maker has travelled to some of the earth's remotest places for footage of our endangered species. Working for TV production company Natural History New Zealand, her search for tigers has taken her to Thailand's steamy jungle and the Russian Far East in winter. Propelled by a passion for observing and sharing the wonder and the plight of the animal world, Ballance has journeyed into the wilds, and to sanctuaries where fragile hope for species has been rekindled. Dispelling myths of film-industry glamour, Ballance's experiences range through uncomfortable and heartbreaking to absurd. Her story also captures the joy and elation of discovery. Whether she's nose to beak with a kakapo or riding a Bactrian camel in the Gobi Desert, travels with this winsome wildlife film-maker are captivating, exhilarating - and inspiring.

Author Biography

ALISON BALLANCE is a 30-something wildlife film-maker and producer with Natural History NZ. Her work takes her to the farflung corners of the world in search of the exotic. She produces films for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic and is a frequent guest on Kim Hill talking about her adventures to the Galapogos Islands, Siberia or Kiribati. Alison lives on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin. ALISON BALLANCE is a biologist turned filmmaker, who has worked for the Dunedin-based television production company NHNZ since 1990. She began as a researcher, and has gone on to produce, direct and write more than a dozen wildlife documentaries that have been broadcast
Release date NZ
April 22nd, 2005
Country of Publication
New Zealand
colour photos
Longacre Press
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