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The Future

Africa Episode 6 of 6

David Attenborough comes face to face with a baby rhino and asks what the future holds for this little one. He meets the local people who are standing side by side with the wildlife at this pivotal moment in their history.

We discover what it takes to save a species, hold back a desert and even resurrect an entire wilderness - revealing what the world was like before modern man.

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58 minutes

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Tue 26 Jul 2016 14:20

Episode 6: The Future on BBC iPlayer

There is widespread acknowledgement within the scientific community that the climate of Africa has been changing as stated in the programme.  We accept the evidence for 3.5 degrees increase is disputable and the commentary should have reflected that, therefore the line is being removed from the episode repeat (10 February) and the iPlayer version replaced.



Lions are the second largest of the 'big cats' after the tiger and are the most social, with related females living together in prides and males forming coalitions.


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Black rhinos

Black rhinos

The black rhinoceros, also known as the hook-lipped rhinoceros, is the best known of the five living rhinoceros species, with its aggressive reputation and highly publicised international conservation drive. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colour varies from brown to grey.


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Mountain gorillas

Mountain gorillas

The mountain gorilla is one of the three subspecies of the eastern gorilla. Gorillas are the world's largest primates and are gentle giants that have strong family ties.


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The African elephant is the largest living terrestrial mammal, with the largest recorded individual reaching four metres at the shoulder and weighing 10 tonnes!


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Green turtles

Green turtles

The green sea turtle is one of the largest and most widespread of all the marine turtles. They are named so for the green colour of their fat and connective tissues.

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PresenterDavid Attenborough
NarratorDavid Attenborough
Executive ProducerMichael Gunton
Series ProducerJames Honeyborne
ProducerKate Broome

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Sir David was online from 1-2pm Wednesday 6th February to answer your questions about Africa. We've posted his answers here. A big thanks to all who took part and don't forget to watch tonight's show... 9pm BBC One.

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    So lonesome

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    Not just life on this Earth!

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    The appliance of science

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