This gripping documentary features all of the many diverse creatures that roam much of Africa, from the big cats, elephants and giraffes, through to highly endangered species such as the black rhinoceros and wild dog. Their daily ritual is aimed at just one result: survival.
At the start of the 20th century the major species roamed most of Africa, with the exception of the Sahara and the jungles. One hundred years on, their territory has contracted dramatically. It’s in this context – the daily law of the jungle - fight for survival for individual creatures, and the new fight for survival for entire species – that this documentary documents the majesty of Africa’s superb wildlife.
The programme begins with a spectacle of awesome proportions, the annual migration of the wildebeest, showing the attacks it comes under from crocodiles and lions. The daily ritual of lions is documented, from mating and hunting, to attacks they come under from baboons. We follow a group of baby elephants, frolicking in the waters of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and speaking a complex language with which they can communicate over great distances. Other animals featured include: a graceful and agile leopard, with superb shots of drinking, hunting and eating; two black jackals and their meal, under attack from hyenas; the aggressive hippopotamus; the cape buffalo, the rare aardwolf and serval cat; and the cheetah surging up to 112 kilometres an hour to kill a Thomson’s Gazelle.
The documentary concludes on a positive note, with a captive breeding programme for cheetahs showing tactics that can save still more of Africa’s superb creatures from disappearing forever.
Greg Grainger is an award-winning producer and presenter of topical travel documentaries and wildlife programmes to remote and exotic locations. Greg's programmes are seen around the world, from Grainger's World screened daily on Europe's Travel Channel to Tour Deluxe on the USA Travel Channel, as well as Channel 7 Australia's The World Around Us. His wildlife specials appear regularly on the international networks Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel.
Release Date: 18 January 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification