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The Serengeti Rules

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Summary

In the 1960s, a small band of scientists headed into the wilderness, curious about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now these unsung heroes share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world.

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Here’s a perfect blend of wildlife and uplift for a Friday evening. Anyone interested in biology or wildlife should find The Serengeti Rules (based on a 2016 book) fascinating, even if you’re already familiar with the idea of “keystone species”.

The film details how, from the 1960s onwards, a group of pioneering scientists established the principle that certain species bind whole ecosystems together: remove them and the system collapses, whether it’s a tidal pool missing starfish (so mussels eat everything) or an African savannah without wild dogs (so antelope overgraze and young trees can’t grow.) The insight, now mainstream, might promise “a blueprint to heal a battered planet”.

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