Well done BBC, Africa episode 1.

  Blackhat 15:04 05 Jan 2013

I gave up on wildlife documentaries many years ago as they seemed same old, same old mating, killing, mating over and over.

I thought I would give this new series a watch and was very pleased to see that things have come a long way. Excellent information and film quality, I was especially taken by the duelling giraffes, almost animal martial arts.

Anyone else enjoy?

  Forum Editor 15:39 05 Jan 2013

Superb stuff - technology has come to the aid of wildlife filming in a big way, and of course David Attenborough's inimitable style of narration is the icing on the cake.

  Bing.alau 15:48 05 Jan 2013

I recorded it for viewing later. Animals behave better than humans.

  Aitchbee 16:04 05 Jan 2013

The fight between the parasitic desert wasp and the 'whirligig' spider [which made a clever getaway] was fascinating; and the deep underground desert lake with blind catfish was an eye-opener. Could Mars have similar underground water pockets? Magic stuff.

  Nontek 16:28 05 Jan 2013

Agree completely, great program. I found the underground lake fascinating and to me, a bit frightening, I wouldn't have the nerve to explore that far down.

I wonder how long before someone manages to extract water from the lake, for use on the surface - there would appear to be a never-ending supply down there.

  kad60 19:05 05 Jan 2013

Spanner in the works, Wildlife...does it exist only in Africa.???Tired of watching the same old rapped in the new,where or why are these programs solely concerned with the diversity of the Africn continent when such wonders are never ,to the extent shown in an African context,shown as regards Asia or the Americas.?? A real programme would show the conflict between 'nature' and 'civilization' as found in India or the truly damaging effects of the 'rape of the Amazon' in both respects.

When will the Beeb get off its african hobbyhorse and divest some of its energy in showing the real global diversity andnot be stuck on africa.??

  muddypaws 21:56 05 Jan 2013


I have seen plenty of the programs you refer to on the BBC. Don't ask me their names as I can't remember them.

Sometimes the beauty of nature spurs us on to protect what we still have.

  Forum Editor 00:04 06 Jan 2013

"I read a report on leopard populations where it had only just been realised that leopards are pretty good at hiding so the previous estimate of numbers was a gross understatement."

On a recent trip to the Masai Mara I was told that I would be lucky to glimpse a leopard,as they are extremely secretive animals.

Half an hour later a leopard killed a Thompson's gazelle fifteen feet from the side of the vehicle I was in. My Masai safari driver told me that it was the first time he had witnessed a leopard kill in thirty years.

  Forum Editor 00:15 06 Jan 2013


"When will the Beeb get off its african hobbyhorse and divest some of its energy in showing the real global diversity andnot be stuck on africa."??

Where were you when the BBC screened 'Life on earth' - featuring animals from all over the planet, or The life of birds' - extensively shot in Amazonian and New Guinea rain forests?

Did you miss 'The living Planet' - footage from all the continents?

What about 'Life in cold blood', and 'Planet earth' - presumably you didn't see those either?

To say nothing of 'Life in the freezer' No African animals in that.

  SimpleSimon1 13:22 06 Jan 2013

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You were very lucky. In eight years of living in Zambia and holidaying in a variety of parks I never saw one.

Gosh, that seems a bit unlucky. We go walking in the South Luangwa Valley (based at Nkwali & going up past the Mupamadzi River) every two or three years and have never yet failed to spot leopards. Admittedly, they're a bit easier to spot in the Nkwali/Nsefu sector than up North but they're not that rare. Commiserations!

  kad60 22:34 06 Jan 2013

FE ,i agree that the planets diversity has been shown to a limited extent but in my opinion the focus is nearly always on Africa and never shows within Africa or elsewhere that conflict i mentioned ,except in passing,but only its beauty and brutality.

Yes i have seen those programmes but i still feel the the emphasis is nearly always limited to Africa,so many prorammes appear to be directed towards an African context,the images are ,maybe,easier to come by but i would love to see more of Asian and South american wildlife.

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