Bay County Audubon Society hosts National Geographic filmmaker

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - An award-winning National Geographic filmmaker will share some of his adventures with locals this week.

One Audubon Society member says Bay County can learn a lot from Poole's message. (WJHG/WECP)

The Bay County Audubon Society is hosting Bob Poole as he presents his film "Nature Roars Back."

A 15-year civil war in the African country of Mozambique nearly wiped out the animal population including elephants, lions, hippos, and hyenas. One park, in particular, took a huge hit.

However, an American philanthropist offered 40 million dollars to help rebuild the Gorongosa Park including replenishing the wildlife.

Bob Poole was tapped to document part of the progress.

Thursday night he will show that work at the Holley Center at Florida State University, Panama City.

One Audubon Society member says Bay County can learn a lot from Poole's message.

"The Bay County area also had a very major devastation incident and that was Hurricane Michael and the message of Mr. Poole's film is that nature is resilient. It can come back and that's also the story for Panama City and Bay County. We can be resilient. In fact, we are coming back," Brian Dusseault said.

Poole has been a filmmaker for close to 40 years. he's won two Emmy Awards for his photography.

The local event is taking place at 6:30 Thursday night at the Holley Center at FSU Panama City.

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