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Australia

Series 1 - Episode 4 Australia

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Review

Poignant black-and-white footage shows a striped dog-like creature at a Hobart zoo in the 1930s. It’s a thylacine – a marsupial wolf that was once one of Australia’s great predators. But that individual in the zoo was the last of its kind and they are now extinct.

Mammals in Australia are disappearing faster than anywhere on Earth, David Attenborough warns us in this week’s survey of Australia, as he introduces us to a Tasmanian devil and her cubs, one of the last-known families of the species.

But the standout sequence features a dingo mother hunting kangaroos to feed her pups. Like last week’s puma mother, the lengths she must go to are extraordinary – but she never gives up. 

Summary

David Attenborough looks at the wildlife of Australia, a land cast adrift at the time of the dinosaurs and Isolated for millions of years, leaving weird and wonderful animals found nowhere else on Earth. In its jungles, a cassowary - one of the most dangerous birds in the world - stands six feet tall, while kangaroos and wombats brave snowstorms, and gum-tree forests are filled with predators. In its red desert heart, reptiles drink through their skin and huge flocks of wild budgerigars swirl in search of water. On secret islands Tasmanian devils roam, and offshore thousands of sharks gather for a rare event.

Cast & Crew

Narrator David Attenborough
Executive Producer Jonny Keeling
Producer Emma Napper
Series Producer Scott Alexander
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