Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, narrated Netflix’s limited docuseries, “Our Great National Parks.” (AP Photo)

By AFRO Staff

Netflix has put out a five-episode docuseries titled “Our Great National Parks,” on April 13, just as celebrations for Earth Day 2022 (April 22) kick into high gear.

Viewers might recognize a familiar voice, as the episodes are narrated by former U.S. President, Barack Obama.

The 44th president of the United States took viewers on a journey through the world’s most breathtaking national parks, highlighting the beauty everyone should be working to preserve.

Tsavo National Park is located in Kenya and is home to more than a third of the world’s elephants. (Photo by Tsavo West National Park watering hole)

“Hanauma Bay is one of my favorite spots in the world. I grew up in Hawaii,”  Obama said at the series’ opening. “My love of the natural world began here. When I was growing up, wild spaces and everyday spaces were one and the same- an essential part of our lives.” 

“I want to make sure that the world’s wild spaces are there for my kids and my grandkids,” he said.

Obama called the work “a celebration of our planet’s greatest national parks and wilderness” and “a journey through the natural wonders of our shared birthright.”

In the docuseries, Barack Obama describes the elephants as “synchronized swimmers” and “kings” of of Tsavo, Kenyo. (Photo by John-Paul Rowe on

Each episode took place in the unique settings seen across Africa, Japan and Indonesia, to name a few. 

From elephants to crabs, Obama gave viewers a peek into the world of the wildlife many humans never see. Animals and their different characteristics and abilities were put on display with impressive cinematography.

The native country of Barack Obama’s father, Kenya, was also featured as the home of Tsavo National Park, which Obama described as “the heartbeat of Africa.” 

The space is “a wilderness of boundless space, breathtaking beauty, and wildlife on the national scale,” Obama said. “It’s a land where the elephants are king and everyone knows it.”

According to Netflix, the film was not only narrated but executive produced by Barack Obama. The five-part docuseries was a production by Wild Space, in association with Higher Ground Productions and Freeborne Media.

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