Inside Noah’s Ark


Three 1-hour documentaries produced in 2008 by Knight’s documentary company, KnightHawk Communications Inc. for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS and 15 international broadcasters, reveal what really happens in the hidden world of African wildlife reserves.

Because of human need, greed and ignorance, the reserves are no longer truly wild but have to be managed like giant ranches, huge zoos, if they — and the animals they shelter — are to survive for our children.

Tales of the Grassland, Tales of the Desert and MoreTales of the Desert are now available on Amazon.


On location for Inside Noah’s Ark in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve with tranquilized cheetah. Left to right:  Executive Producer Tim Knight, Director of Photography Russell Belter, Tswalu General Manager Gus van Dyk.

What they’ve said about Knight’s Inside Noah's Ark trilogy:

“Riveting stuff, often great in its expansive way as it documents the ticking of the clock in northern South Africa as ecologists battle to save a whole range of endangered wild life … legendary producer … Knight certainly knows how to tell a story in striking visual terms.”

Jim Bawden,

Toronto Star TV Critic


“I think you've a fantastic film here. Glorious overall and often stunning. Simply as a viewer, I enjoyed the hell out of the hour. Huzzah! Amazing scenes and footage. The principle figure, van Dyk, has real star qualities, as promised. The storytelling and structure is -- no surprise here -- superb and engrossing for the viewer.”

Alan Foster,

President Executive Program Services, (US TV Programme Distributor)


“I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you how much we've enjoyed the programmes - the narrative, the photography, and of course the conservationists and the animals.”

Liliana Lombardero,

Director of Distribution & Operations, Off the Fence (International Distribution Company)

“You MUST make the time to watch this story. Tim Knight is ground-zero for story-telling with pictures and sound. He has taught hundreds of reporters and producers. He practices this craft with a passion and commitment that the rest of us can only aspire to. Tim is the gold Standard, get it? Watch and discover why.”

George Orr

Journalism Professor, British Columbia Institute of Technology


“Well documented documentary giving the audience an inside look at wildlife and the workings of behavioral science in the conservation of animals. Inside Noah's Ark looks at modern man's attempt to reverse the negative effects we've had on wildlife in the past. For a wildlife doc it does more, shows more and goes further in bringing to the screen issues of concern for wildlife and its' conservation. I haven't seen anything like Inside Noah's Ark. It gets both my thumbs up!”

Nhlanhla Hlongwane,

South African Broadcasting Corporation Commissioning Editor


“I was totally engaged. Gus is a great character. Good casting. You have done a great job in tying the individual animal stories together through Gus and his colleagues on their journeys to preserve the animals. Great job. I look forward to part two. Thanks again for alerting me.”

Sig Gerber

Former Head, CBC TV Current Affairs


“Wonderful. I am madly in love with Gus, and am now going to devote my life to lions! It is brilliant work my dear father!”

Lesley Knight

(Daughter of Executive Producer)