Search for the southern fur sealExclusive: From the 1989 radio series

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The Sultan of Juan Fernandez

This episode tracks Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine's search for the southern fur seal. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 8 November 1989, this is how the programme was billed at the time:

Juan Fernandez Island, off the coast of Chile, was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe'. When the book was written in 1719, there were so many Southern Fur Seals there it was impossible to walk across the beaches. Today, the chances of their survival are slim.

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Kakapo. Photo by Mark Carwardine


Mark Carwardine's take on the plight of the rarest animals in the world.


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Production videos, images and highlights from every step of the journey.

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