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The Last Stand

Henk Ekermans, Barend van der Watt

50 min 00 secs

South Africa


The snow-capped peaks of Chile's coastal mountains are a prehistoric wonderland, blanketed in snow. Like ancient lovers, two living fossils - a male and female Monkey Puzzle tree - have been rooted to these slopes for almost two thousand years. For them to survive, the timeworn duo has formed a bond, both with each other, and the wildlife that visits them.

Austral parakeets lend a helping hand pollenating the Monkey Puzzles’ cones - while a tiny Long-clawed mouse acts as an important seed disperser. But, the endangered Monkey Puzzle trees' future is uncertain, their numbers are diminishing. Can Chile's most revered trees persist against the odds when time has turned against them?

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