The seven-part series “Africa,” a Discovery Channel/BBC co-production that was four years in the making, makes its debut at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 on Discovery Channel.
Forest Whitaker narrates the project, which spotlights new species, new places and new animal behaviors, including this violent giraffe fight that took a month to locate and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50em1rV12X4
More information on “Africa,” provided by Disovery Channel, is as follows:
Here is just a sampling of what crews went through to make “Africa”:
- 1,598 days on location
- 79 filming expeditions
- 553 cameras capturing more than 2,000 hours of HD footage
In that time, crews had some dangerous encounters:
- A cameraman was trapped in a tree for four hours with an elephant trying to shake him out of it. Recent surges in poaching have made some elephants wary of humans.
- A crew accidentally strayed into two different abandoned minefields in Egypt and Mozambique.
- Authorities in Sierra Leone arrested two crewmembers as they mistakenly confused the camouflage-adorned crew to be rebels.
The risks were worth it, as the Africa crew captured some amazing filming firsts:
- The most intense giraffe right ever filmed; it took them four weeks to capture the 90-second knockout. There were no other fights the entire month they were there.
- A combination of opportunity and sheer brass, lizards in Serengeti, Tanzania, hunt for flies on the backs of sleeping lions, a behavior discovered by a local scientist but never before filmed.
- It took three long weeks of searching and days of trekking through a swamp, cutting a path as they went – but a crew finally filmed for the very first time the bizarre nesting behavior of this bird in Zambia.
To view a trailer for “Africa,” click here.
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