A Stork’s Journey

‘A Stork’s Journey’ illustrates important research at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior, inviting viewers to fly with white storks as they strike out from Germany, flying via Turkey to Sudan and beyond. 

It shows the dramatic perils of this dangerous journey, as the birds navigate electricity wires, hunters, pollution and pesticides. Yet it also illustrates the magic of this odyssey, soaring over half the world, past stunning landscapes with these majestic birds.

Illustrated and animated by artist and graphic novelist Karrie Fransman, ‘A Stork’s Journey’ uses a distinctive ‘zoom’ feature to draw viewers along a white stork’s migration path. 

In order to create ‘A Stork’s Journey’ our team consulted with research papers, GPS maps, photographs and interviews from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. Scientists at the Institute investigate animal groups as diverse as locusts, fish, flying foxes, baboons, and birds, investigating their collective behaviour and movement patterns.

Commissioned by:

Martin Wikelski and Brigitta Keeves, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Germany

And also a special thanks for their input to:

Wolfgang Fiedler

Andrea Flack

Michael Quetting

Babette Eid

Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Germany

and also thanks for creative input to:

Magnus Froböse, Context Film


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