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article imageReview: ‘Nature's Microworlds: Serengeti’ Special

By Alexander Baron     Jan 29, 2014 in Entertainment
Although this half hour programme was first screened in July 2012, this is one repeat that is certainly worth a second look.
If you are not sure entirely where the Serengeti is located, start by checking out its website.
The Serengeti may cover a huge geographical area but we learn from this fascinatiing BBC Four documentary that it has a surprisingly delicate ecology. Here we see numerous species of herbivores sharing the same space without impinging on each other; giraffes eat the leaves from the tops of trees, while antelope nibble lower down. The same cannot of course be said of the lions who prey on the wildebeest and indeed anything else they can sink their jaws into.
Other predators who must be avoided by the Serengeti's timid folk include the crocodiles that lurk in not-so-deep water anytime the herds come to drink,
Although the Serengeti does a marvellous job of managing itself, the joker in the pack is of course that predator that goes on two legs. That problem has been raised before, including here, the question is not do we recognise it, but what are we going to do to halt our constant encroachment on the Seregeti, and the other remaining great wildernesses of this planet? Whatever it is, we'd better do it PDQ.
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