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Cities: Nature's New Wild

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Nature

Summary

Discover the remarkable ways animals of all shapes and sizes are adapting to make the most of opportunities in the newest and fastest changing habitat on the planet - our cities.

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Episode 2: Commuters

Summary

Animals that travel in and out of cities in search of food or a safe place for their young. African penguins have found the streets of Cape Town a safe environment from predators, while still providing easy access to their fishing grounds, while in St Lucia, hippos have developed a taste for eating residents' lawns. Black bears roam the streets of cities across North America, seeking out discarded food to help them consume the 20,000 calories a day they need to survive their six-month hibernation.
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Review

The second episode looks at animals who “commute” from the wild suburbs into big cities to find food and shelter and, though the commuting analogy is pushed to exhaustion (yes, yes, we get it), it’s still a charming, straightforward look at creatures who share space with humans. 

It’s incongruous to see African penguins waddling along the streets of Cape Town, where they are fed by kindly locals, though the people of Aspen in Colorado aren’t entirely welcoming of the black bears who upturn their bins and live under their houses in cosy crawl spaces. 

Meanwhile, in St Lucia in South Africa, night-vision cameras catch the glowing hulks of hippos as they head into town for the night.

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  • Episode 2

    Commuters

    Summary

    Animals that travel in and out of cities in search of food or a safe place for their young. African penguins have found the streets of Cape Town a safe environment from predators, while still providing easy access to their fishing grounds, while in St Lucia, hippos have developed a taste for eating residents' lawns. Black bears roam the streets of cities across North America, seeking out discarded food to help them consume the 20,000 calories a day they need to survive their six-month hibernation.
    Recommended

    Review

    The second episode looks at animals who “commute” from the wild suburbs into big cities to find food and shelter and, though the commuting analogy is pushed to exhaustion (yes, yes, we get it), it’s still a charming, straightforward look at creatures who share space with humans. 

    It’s incongruous to see African penguins waddling along the streets of Cape Town, where they are fed by kindly locals, though the people of Aspen in Colorado aren’t entirely welcoming of the black bears who upturn their bins and live under their houses in cosy crawl spaces. 

    Meanwhile, in St Lucia in South Africa, night-vision cameras catch the glowing hulks of hippos as they head into town for the night.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorDaniel Kaluuya

    Crew

    rolename
    ProducerAlex Lanchester
    Series producerMatt Brandon
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