The narrator and executive producer for Netflix’s new nature docuseries Our Great National Parks is the United States of America’s 44th president Barack Obama, the series’ first trailer reveals.
Obama ventures into remote locations in the five-episode series to search for “species found nowhere else on earth.” He has described the program as a “celebration of our planet’s greatest national parks and wilderness” that features unusual creatures with extraordinary behaviors.
“When humanity started to protect these wild places, we did not realize how important they would become. They’re a haven for endangered species and a hotbed for scientific research,” Obama explains in the trailer.
During his term, Obama had established and expanded protections for 550 million acres of American public lands and water.
In the trailer, Obama focuses on a sloth whose coat contains an entire mini biological system within it, which he says could “fight cancer, malaria, and anti-resistant superbugs” and that the tree-dwelling mammal may be able to “save us all.”
The series has been announced to feature Monterey Bay, Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, the rainforests of Indonesia’s Gunung Leuser National Park, and the Chilean Patagonia, among others.
Our Great National Parks was made in collaboration with Wild Space, Higher Ground Productions, and Freeborne Media. It will premiere all five of its 60-minute episodes on April 13.