Take a journey across the African continent with BBC Earth’s (DSTV channel 184) latest natural history series, Seven Worlds, One Planet. The final episode, which will air on Sunday 10 May at 4PM, features some of Africa’s most incredible animals which you and your family can meet from the safety of your home. Tune in and win big!
The series Seven Worlds, One Planet - available on DSTV Catch Up - tells the story of our seven spectacular continents and their extraordinary animal behaviour and biodiversity.
Over a period of millions of years, incredible forces ripped the Earth’s crust apart, creating seven continents – and veteran natural historian Sir David Attenborough shares the unique animals across the globe and the challenges they face in a modern world.
Exploring a little closer to home, you’ll learn about the Western chimpanzees of the Ivory Coast, Malawi’s Cichlid fish, the oxpecker bird in Zambia, and the beautiful African elephant in Zimbabwe. Then dart off to see the brown hyenas in Namibia scavenging for food on the beach, South Africa’s aardvark and Temminck’s pangolin, the cheetahs in Kenya, and see the last two northern white rhino in the world, Najin and Fatu.
Facts about the species featured
- Brown hyenas are one of Africa’s rarest predators. In a single day they might walk more than 30km in search of food. We visit them and get a taste of a day in their life in Namibia.
- Oxpeckers also eat ear wax. Scientists believe that oxpeckers use bacteria from the ear wax to facilitate digestion.
- Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world, capable of reaching 112km/h in just three seconds.
- The pangolin, otherwise known as the scaly anteater, is the only mammal in the world that’s covered from head to toe in keratin scales (the same as human fingernails).
- Chimpanzees use tools to help them get things done. They’ve been known to use rocks to crack open nuts, fish out insects from nests and logs using sticks, shelter from the rain by holding up leaves like umbrellas, and using moss like sponges to drink water.
- Aardvarks eat around 50 000 ants and termites in one night.
- Some African elephant sounds are so low that they’re below the range of human hearing. Elephants can also recognise over 100 individual friends from their calls alone.
The Producer of the Africa episode, Giles Badger revealed, “Everyone has filmed in Africa. The challenge for our team was to film new animals or new behaviour, and also put a new slant on the continent. We wanted to explain how some unique bit of behaviour that we filmed allowed an animal to survive in the vast array of landscapes that Africa contains.”
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Simply answer the question: This species of predator is among Africa’s rarest and walks up to 30km to find food. Tell us which animal it is and in which country it’s featured in the final episode of Seven Worlds, One Planet?
Tune in to the final episode that will be broadcast on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 4pm on Sunday 10 May. Catch the repeats on BBC Earth and watch the full series available on DStv Catch Up and DStv Now.