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Beloved British comedy legend Stephen Fry follows in the footsteps of his good friend, the late writer Douglas Adams, along with zoologist Mark Carwardine, to remote regions in search of some of the rarest, most threatened animals on Earth. From the Amazon's steamy jungles to New Zealand's icy mountain tops, they seek some of the most remarkable creatures on Earth.

1 Season, 6 Episodes
September 6, 2009
Cast: Stephen Fry, Mark Carwardine
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  • The San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja, is the mid-point in a 10,000 mile long migration route for the grey whale - one of the longest migrations of all mammals. They come here to mate, give birth and raise their calves in the safety of the lagoon. Because they come here every year at the same time, it is one of the most guaranteed wildlife spectacles. However, this regularity was a problem in the past when whalers used this to their advantage, killing thousands every year. Now protected, the grey whale numbers have begun to recover.

  • The first nest of the season is an exciting time for the scientists of the island. Mark has been to see it without Stephen and reports back saying it was the highlight of the trip. Under the roots of a tree, Lisa the kakapo sits on her nest and will be monitored by the researchers with remote cameras until the eggs hatch. The parrot appears to have no sense of danger with all the disturbance around her as the monitoring equipment is set up. Mark finds it poignantly sad that these birds are so trusting, given their precarious status. But, after the best season on record, the world population of kakapo parrots is now at 124 individuals.

  • On a journey through Malaysia and Indonesia to track down the deadly Komodo dragon, the travellers help to release turtles into the wild and encounter one of the deadliest snakes on earth.

  • One of almost a 100 species of lemur, the dancing sifaka has an extraordinary and unusal gait when they are forced to come out of the trees and move about on the ground.

  • In a new approach to help end hunting of the Amazonian manatee, a research project is working with traditional hunting communities to rescue and release injured manatees back into the wild. It's hoped that while this will only affect a small number of animals directly, it may help to change attitudes towards them and effect a more profound change.

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