Florida: America's Animal Paradise

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Florida: America's Animal Paradise

Series 38

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Review

Although famously home to Mickey Mouse, Florida has an extraordinary range of real wildlife. Some creatures are familiar: manatees, dolphins, tortoises, racoons, pelicans and so on. But increasingly, non-native ones are challenging the indigenous species.

Burmese pythons, for example, kept as exotic pets and then released into the wild when their owners bored of them, are seriously damaging the ecosystem by preying on anything that moves, including alligators. Be prepared for the alligator to turn the tables, though, when a hatchling snaps up an unsuspecting moorhen chick. On a positive note, we see a project that’s successfully regenerating Florida’s coral reef.


Summary

Documentary exploring the wildlife of the US state, including footage of manatees, baby alligators and miniature deer living in Florida's pine forests, coral reefs and famous Everglades wetlands. The programme considers the dangers facing the animal population, including natural disasters like wildfires, flooding and hurricanes, as well as the pressure of a growing human presence in their territory.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Paul McGann
Producer Rowan Crawford
Series Editor Roger Webb
Series Producer Holly Spearing
Nature