Rhino’s fate in balance
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S AFRICA
Saturday, 6.30pm, Ten
IN the latest instalment of the great naturalist’s series, David Attenborough investigates how climate change and poaching are affecting Africa’s spectacular wildlife.
He goes on the road with the Kenya Wildlife Service, which work to protect the country’s remaining 600 black rhinos. Poaching of the animal has risen 3000 per cent in the past five years as powdered rhino horn can fetch up to $65,000 a kg when sold for medicinal use.
Next, Attenborough is flying high over the Sahara Desert to see how global warming is killing the continent. He looks at the booming logging industry and how it is transforming storm patterns over Africa and Europe; and a fascinating conservation project to build a green wall of trees across 11 African countries to try to combat the effects of climate change.
Viewers will also see a program designed to save turtles that have been harmed by poachers.