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NMSU Nature Documentary Premiere a Success

LAS CRUCES--The premiere of "The Chiricahuas: Mountain Islands in the Desert," a nature documentary from New Mexico State University, was held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., last month. The hour-long video was shown to a full auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History.


"The Chiricahuas: Mountain Islands in the Desert" features the geology, plants and animals of the southern Arizona mountain range. The program shows animals found in the Chiricahuas. Some unique examples are the elegant trogon, a Neo tropical bird from Mexico; the coatimundi, a racoon-like animal commonly found in the rain forests of Central America; the jaguar, the largest cat in the Americas and an infrequent visitor to the Chiricahuas; and the colorful Gila monster, the only poisonous lizard in North America.

"This is the second of three episodes of the Southwest Horizons Nature Series," said Patrick Holian, producer with NMSU's agricultural communications department. "These documentaries feature the natural wonders of the American Southwest in relatively offbeat places. Just about everyone has seen the wonders of the Grand Canyon or Carlsbad Caverns on television. We wanted to show environments that are not common knowledge."

The first episode in the series, "White Sands, White Wilderness," feature the White Sands National Monument. "Bosque del Apache-Ancient Flyway on the Rio Grande" is under production and should be complete by August.

Copies of "White Sands, White Wilderness" are available at the White Sands National Monument. "The Chiricahuas: Mountain Islands in the Desert" can be purchased at the NMSU bookstore, the Chiricahua National Monument and the Portal Store on Portal, Ariz. or, to order the videos call 1-888-750-4156.