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Attenborough's Giant Egg

Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
In 1961, David Attenborough was handed a very special memento while filming in Madagascar: egg fragments belonging to the largest ever bird. Now, he returns to the island and asks whether it holds the clue to saving the country's remaining wildlife. On a hot day in 1961, while filming Zoo Quest a Malagasy boy handed the young David Attenborough some pieces of a huge egg shell found on a sandy river bank. Spreading the fragments on the ground, David surveys the pieces of a unique and important jigsaw puzzle"¦ The egg fragments David was given by that Malagasy boy belonged to the largest bird that has ever lived, the half-ton extinct elephant bird Aepyornis. Madagascar has been described as the 'naturalist's promised land'. But long before David's first visit, many of its most amazing native creatures, including the enormous elephant bird, had vanished into extinction under mysterious circumstances. In the time since David's Zoo Quest, Madagascar has changed even more dramatically. 80% of its native forest has been destroyed, its human population has quadrupled, and more than 50 of its unique mammal species now teeter on the brink of extinction. Could Attenborough's precious egg provide clues to the disappearance of the ancient elephant bird? And could the elephant bird's fate provide lessons that may help us save Madagascar's remaining wildlife? When David first came here, Madagascar was virtually unknown to the outside world. He and his camera team trekked through dense jungle in search of animals new to science. Since then naturalists have uncovered a wealth of surprising new creatures. Now Attenborough is returning to the 'promised land' in search of answers to the big questions of survival and extinction. Using Zoo Quest archive and specially shot location footage, this film follows him as he revisits scenes from his youth, meets people at the front line of wildlife protection and finds hope for the future of our planet.
Release Date
2011
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by BBCActive in 2011.
Publisher no.
1093275 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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