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A 3-Disc Set of Web 1: Rattlesnake, Falcon, Panda, Bandicoot, Cheetah; Web 2: Shark, Wolf, Gorilla, Frog and Web 3: Rhino & Tiger, Seal, Amazon, Homo sapiens is available.
Web 1: Rattlesnake, Falcon, Panda, Bandicoot, Cheetah
Rattlesnake - Rattlesnakes are not aggressive and strike humans only as a last resort, and its venom may help in the treatment of certain human diseases; however, each year humans kill rattlers by the thousands in their hibernating dens. Also we learn that rattlesnakes are surprisingly fragile, and being cold-blooded, they do not cope well with fluctuations in temperature. Falcon - Peregrine falcons range throughout the world, but in small populations, vulnerable to poaching and pesticides. The peregrine's speed and agility make it a supreme hunter; also they are easier to train than other raptors. With bans on DDT, the falcons have recovered slowly, but are still under threat. Panda - Most of China's ancient forests have been destroyed by logging and agriculture, and now less than 1000 wild pandas are found in only three provinces. Panda are solitary animals, and the female is only fertile for two days a year; also the panda is even more vulnerable because it is essentially a carnivore that has become too slow and shortsighted to catch large animals for food; thus preservation programs are making every effort to save and protect them. Bandicoot - Bandicoots are nocturnal marsupials that hop around like kangaroos on their larger hind legs, but are much smaller animals, ranging from 6 to 22 inches in length. Unless conservation efforts succeed, the Victorian bandicoot faces local extinction in Australia within the next twenty years because of the destruction of the native grasslands of the Western Plains. Cheetah - Speed is the only defense of the cheetah, which is often unable to protect its catch from other carnivores Today there are less than 10,000 in Africa and less than 300 in Asia. The success of recovery programs we see depends on the cheetahs' natural surroundings.
Web 2: Shark, Wolf, Gorilla, Frog
Shark - The great white, tiger and bull sharks are the most likely of sharks to attack humans. And though it seems that sharks may attack humans accidentally, mistaking them for seals, any attack is widely reported and publicized, fueling fear and indifference toward their overall welfare. Sharks are killed in large numbers for food, as well as for big-game fishing, which is seriously reducing their numbers worldwide. Wolf - All too often wolves are objects of fear, which is unjustified because in the past 150 years only wolves with rabies have attacked humans. Today wolves are protected and their numbers are increasing; however, especially in Europe, small populations are extremely vulnerable to in-breeding and natural disasters, and as each isolated population dies out, valuable genes are lost forever. Gorilla - Mountain gorillas live in the mountains and volcanoes of Rwanda, Uganda and Zaire in Africa. Since the gorillas bring in tourist dollars, the locals have a positive attitude towards their conservation. However, gorillas are still under threat from poachers who trap the animals for sale to unscrupulous collectors, from illegal traps set for other animals, and from certain diseases brought in by tourists. Frog - Frogs have lived on earth for 230 million years and there are 3700 species worldwide. They have survived both ice ages and the global warming after them. Yet frogs are now in decline all over the world, even in wilderness areas. Frogs are highly susceptible to insecticides, herbicides, heavy metals and acid rain; also frogs can be harmed by new viruses, introduced fish, dams, and habitat loss. A drastic decline in frog numbers may indicate a dangerous decline in the environmental health of the world. If frogs decrease, insects increase, and so does the need for chemical pesticides.
Web 3: Rhino & Tiger, Seal, Amazon, Homo sapiens
Rhino and Tiger - The Javan rhinos have dramatically disappeared except in the isolated Udjung Kulun Game Reserve on the western tip of Java, Indonesia, where the animals survive quite well due to a quirk of nature. In the 1880s the volcano Krakatoa erupted, leveling the forest, but as the area regenerated, the rhinos that lived there returned, but people did not. Javan and Balinese tigers are now extinct, and today only 700 Sumatran tigers are left in the world. They do breed in captivity, and zoos have established a worldwide captive breeding program to preserve as much genetic diversity as possible. Seal - The theme of this episode is the danger caused to many animals by human greed and carelessness, be it waste and pollution, over consumption or oil spills. One positive aspect of the story is the role of zoos in rescuing injured animals, such as seals. Although not always possible, in many cases zoos are able to return animals to the wild. Amazon - This episode deals with the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. In Brazil, Indian tribes are uniting to save the rain forest, reintroducing native species and selling fruits to other countries. Indigenous peoples may be the key to saving the world's forests, as they struggle to save their cultures and the environment that supports them. Eco tourism and a growing awareness of the value of rain forest species for food and medicine may also help to save the forests. Homo sapiens - Human activities threaten the viability of the whole planet. Global warming, thinning of the ozone layer, acid rain, salination of water and the loss of forests mean that more and more animals will become extinct. Ultimately, human lifestyles - if not their very existence - will also be threatened. This episode draws together the threads of the whole series by showing the intimate historical and cultural links between humans and animals over the centuries, as partners, as prey, and as predators. It suggests the bleakness of life without animals. 05/09DE PIJSCA 69 min.
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