Living with Predators

Series 1 - Episode 7 Living with Predators

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Review

Wildlife series are rightly criticised for giving an over-rosy impression of the natural world. They bathe us in footage of amazing creatures, but don’t address what needs to be done to make sure the Attenboroughs of the future will have big cats and blue whales to tell our great-grandchildren about.

The last episode of The Hunt makes amends by following conservationists at work, darting polar bears, match-making cheetahs, and so on. It also brings a few sobering statistics to the fight, such as the fact that the population of those fabulous harpy eagles we saw in episode three is falling because their forests are disappearing: an area the size of Switzerland is felled each year.

Summary

The wildlife series concludes by examining efforts by scientists to ensure the survival of endangered species of carnivores, as the spread of human habitation impacts on the wildest areas of the planet and jeopardises the predators' opportunities to hunt and thrive. The film uses natural history footage to examine the current situation across five continents, revealing the precarious future faced by many of the world's most fascinating species, including lions, tigers, polar bears and blue whales.

Cast & Crew

Narrator David Attenborough
Executive Producer Alastair Fothergill
Producer Rob Sullivan
Series Producer Huw Cordey
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