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Orchid Hunter (#2915)

In 2000, orchid enthusiast Tom Hart Dyke, then 24, was looking for orchids in South America when he was kidnapped by Colombian guerrillas. Nine months in captivity in the jungle gave Tom plenty of experience of tropical orchids, and on his release, he was even more passionate about the flowers than before. Now, he's determined to find a new species of orchid to name after his inspirational grandmother, and is convinced that Papua New Guinea offers the best chance. It's part of the second largest island in the world, and only 5% of it has ever been explored by botanists. Most scientists are reluctant to work there because of the ever-present threat of kidnapping and the extremely hostile working environment, inhabited to this day by groups of cannibals and head-hunters. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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