New BBC wildlife series captures unseen Africa

31st Dec 2012

Sir David Attenborough's new BBC TV series has taken him on a breathtaking journey through the vast and diverse continent of Africa.

Filmed over four years, the six-part series Africa covers ground ranging from the Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, and from the brooding jungles of the Congo to the mammoth Atlantic Ocean.

Joining forces again with the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit, Sir David's series uses the latest in technology, with the viewers seeing things through the animal's eyes in in the Kalahari as the series gets under way.

The BBC claims the series explores the whole continent of Africa "as it's never been seen before", which might explain why it took four years to film. Nevertheless, an "astonishing" array of previously unknown places, bizarre new creatures and extraordinary behaviours are uncovered over the vast plains of Africa.

Describing the area of Kalahari, where the series begins and where two deserts sit aside each other, the BBC notes even the most familiar of creatures has developed survival techniques not seen anywhere else in the world.

A statement read: "Clever meerkats are outsmarted by a wily bird's use of mimicry; remote infrared cameras catch the familiarly solitary rhino exhibiting previously unseen sociable behaviour; terrifying giant insects prey on baby birds; while in a previously unexplored cave, the rarest fish in the world is filmed for the first time."

Africa gets under way on Wednesday.

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