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The Observer - The New Review - - THURSDAY 21 -

Tribes, Preda­tors and Me: Hyena Peo­ple of Ethiopia BBC2, 9pm In the fi­nal pro­gramme of what has been a fas­ci­nat­ing se­ries of wild en­coun­ters, wildlife cam­era­man and keen nat­u­ral­ist (some even tout him as the next At­ten­bor­ough) Gor­don Buchanan (above) trav­els to Ethiopia to spend a fort­night liv­ing with the noble cat­tle-herd­ing Bodi peo­ple of the Omo Val­ley in prime hyena coun­try. There he learns that, thanks to man’s de­struc­tion of the bush, hye­nas have lit­tle choice but to prey on live­stock. Later in the pro­gramme he ar­rives in Harar, a me­dieval city with a rep­u­ta­tion for hav­ing hun­dreds of hye­nas, where he meets hyena ex­perts, feeds wild hye­nas by hand and sees first­hand how these of­ten feared preda­tors have a softer side. “Hu­mans can live along­side the crea­tures we fear,” he remarks sagely in con­clu­sion, “if only we take the time to un­der­stand them.” Mike Bradley

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