Barack Obama will narrate new Netflix series

Los Gatos, California - Netflix announced that former president Barack Obama will be the host and narrator of the new five-part docuseries, Our Great National Parks.

Former US president Barack Obama addressing the media in front of the 2,400-foot Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California, July 19, 2016.
Former US president Barack Obama addressing the media in front of the 2,400-foot Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California, July 19, 2016.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The project, set for release on April 13, was first announced in February 2021, with Barack and Michelle Obama producing the series as a part of their Higher Ground Productions partnership with the streaming giant.

Yet, a new trailer for the docuseries, released Tuesday, revealed that Barry O will also be narrating the program.

In a statement, Netflix described Obama as a leader "who ​​protected more public lands and waters than any other US president in history" and said the show "invites viewers to experience nature in the world's most iconic national parks."

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"When humanity started to protect these wild places, we did not realize how important they would become," Obama explains in the trailer. "They're a haven for endangered species, and a hotbed for scientific research."

The series will not only take viewers nationally, but to parks all over the world, including the waters of Monterey Bay, California, Tsavo National Park in Kenya, Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia, and the Chilean Patagonia.

"Spanning five continents, the series brims with wonder, humor, and optimism as each episode tells the story of a national park through the lives of its wildest residents – both big and exceptionally small – and explores our changing relationship with wilderness," the company said.

Obama serves as executive producer for Our Great National Parks alongside Tonia Davis and James Honeyborne, the filmmaker behind the Blue Planet II.

All five of the 60-minute episodes will drop on Netflix on April 13.

Cover photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

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