Se­cret Brazil

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 7.30pm, Nat Geo Wild If Michael Palin hasn’t yet slaked your thirst for Brazil in his re­cent ef­forts on the ABC, try this ex­cel­lent na­ture doc­u­men­tary. You’ll dis­cover how the heart of South Amer­ica hides ‘‘ a se­cre­tive world, a vi­o­lent par­adise (isn’t that an oxy­moron?) filled with ex­otic crea­tures’’. Though Wild Pan­tanal sounds like an ex­otic paint colour, it is in fact one of the largest wet­lands ar­eas in the world. It is also the ti­tle of the de­but episode in this re­mark­able se­ries. Cin­e­matog­ra­phers Lawrence Wahba and Haroldo Palo Jr have ex­celled them­selves to cap­ture sea­sonal changes in the Pan­tanal as, a bit like ru­ral Aus­tralians, the crea­tures who live there bat­tle a cli­mate sys­tem that swings eas­ily be­tween drought and flood. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such dra­matic vi­sion of jaguars as they loll about, hunt and mate. As we catch up with

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