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Meet those who stand with wildlife at this pivotal moment, and learn what it takes to save a species -- or even resurrect an entire wilderness.

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On the fringes of the Sahara, huge zebras battle over dwindling resources. Within the desert, camels seek out water with the help of their herders.

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Southern Africa is a riot of life and color because of two great ocean currents that sweep around the continent's cape, creating a natural spectacle.

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Covered in tropical rainforest, the Congo covers the heart of Africa and is the planet's most dynamic habitat, where danger lurks in every shadow.

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The constantly changing nature of East Africa's Savannah forces animals to adapt quickly, from wet to dry, cold to hot, feast to famine.

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In Africa's southwest corner, the arid deserts are full of life because the creatures that live here have turned the rules of survival on their head.

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BBC's series Africa from 2013, presented and narrated by the veteran natural history broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, is a breathtaking and incredibly vivid showcase of the bold, beautiful, and often brutal world of Africa’s diverse array of wildlife and landscapes. Over the course of six hour-long episodes, Africa ventures to the farthest reaches of the continent, featuring extraordinary animals and natural phenomena in some of the most inhospitable environments on Earth. The series is a testament to the BBC's longstanding commitment to high-quality wildlife film-making, offering not just entertainment but also a deeper understanding and respect for the intricate complexity of nature. Ensuring authenticity, it immerses viewers in a real adventure with no re-enactments or artificial setups. It is a tale told through glorious visuals and narrated with passion and expertise by Attenborough, who has since been synonymous with broadcasting the wonders of the natural world to millions of homes worldwide. The series opens with the 'Kalahari', where we witness the stark beauty of the savannah and its inhabitants– from the sociable meerkats to the bizarre aloe plants that only bloom once in a lifetime. The episode is a powerful introduction, intertwining Attenborough’s insightful commentary with jaw-dropping imagery. Next, 'Savannah' brings viewers up close and personal with some of Africa's most iconic and majestic creatures, such as the African elephant, giraffe, and ostrich. Cecil the lion's story and plight are highlighted, demonstrating the dangers these animals face, including poaching and habitat loss, and the ongoing efforts for their conservation. The third episode, 'Congo', explores the dense rainforests that form the heart of the continent. Here, the series showcases the breathtaking biodiversity of this lush, green world, introducing animals like the elusive forest elephants and lowland gorillas. A captivating tale of survival amidst the dense foliage and river networks highlights the adaptation and resilience of these jungle dwellers. The fourth part titled 'Cape' brings the viewers to a realm that appears alien yet stunning: the desert. In this seemingly inhospitable landscape, life, against all odds, thrives. Here, viewers will meet the desert-adapted black rhino, the fleet-footed oryx, and the incredible plant, Welwitschia, which can live for more than a thousand years. The penultimate episode, 'Sahara', transports us to the largest desert on Earth, portraying a seemingly desolate land but teeming with stories of life persisting in the most challenging conditions. A spectacular thunderstorm in the desert and the brief appearance of a swarming locust are among the series' most unforgettable moments. Rounding the series off is 'The Future', an episode that combines wonder, enlightenment and a call to action. It discusses the existing threats to Africa's extraordinary biodiversity and emphasizes the need for sustainable efforts to preserve the continent’s natural heritage. Besides showcasing the natural world, each episode also features a ten-minute 'Eye to Eye' segment, taking viewers behind the scenes of the production process. These segments highlight the numerous challenges that the crew faced during their work, reinforcing the sheer dedication and effort that goes into creating such an ambitious and immersive series. Africa is renowned for its high production value: Slow-motion, aerial, and under-water shots were employed, captured by state-of-the-art technologies to provide viewers with an unrivaled viewing experience. The cinematography is nothing short of spectacular, capturing the breathtaking scenes in rich, high-definition detail. The series beautifully unites powerful storytelling, dramatic visuals, and an emotive soundtrack, all of which work together to create a truly immersive viewing experience. While the series paints an idealized and tranquil portrait of African wildlife, it doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities that these animals face. It strikes a fine balance between the predatory brutality and the familial tenderness observed in the wild. Africa does enough to awe and intimate us with the raw power and vulnerability of its subjects, epitomizing the circle of life. Africa leaves viewers not only mesmerized but educates, challenges, and motivates them towards a sense of environmentalism. By illuminating the continent's diverse habitats and the countless creatures that exist within them, Africa isn’t just a television series, but a testament to the power, resilience, and extraordinary beauty of the natural world.

Africa is a series categorized as a canceled/ended. Spanning 1 seasons with a total of 6 episodes, the show debuted on 2013. The series has earned a mostly positive reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 8.9.

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David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, Bill Rudolph
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