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Natural World

  • Season 30
  • 14 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 11: Madagascar, Lemurs and Spies: Natural World

Summary

Documentary following a scientist who has joined forces with an undercover detective to explore threats to silky sifaka lemurs in Madagascar. The rainforest-dwelling animals are one of the world's rarest mammals, and the investigators find out whether there is a link between the endangered creatures, illegal logging and expensive American guitars.

Review

You may remember silky sifakas from last year’s series on Madagascar. They’re the beautiful white lemurs that look as if they were dreamt up by a five-year-old with a taste for cuddly toys. They don’t survive in zoos (nobody can work out their complex diet) and there are only a few hundred left in the wild, in one corner of the island.

There, Natural World follows two men working to protect them, biologist Erik and environmental campaigner Sascha, who attack the threat to sifakas’ habitat from both ends: illegal loggers and, ultimately, musical instrument makers. Look out for an interview with the shifty-looking CEO of Gibson guitars.

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NarratorDavid Attenborough

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ProducerTuppence Stone
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