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Saving Species on BBC Radio 4 explores biodiversity, conservation and natural history, both in the UK and across the globe.
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Series: Saving species; Series 1
Episode 37
First transmission date: 2011-01-11
Original broadcast channel: BBC Radio 4
Published: 2011
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Duration: 00:30:00
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Producer: Sheena Duncan
Presenter: Brett Westwood
Contributors: Kelvin Boot; Mark Brazil; Damon Bridge; Peter France; Chris Sperring; Frederico Tavares; Andre von Thuronyi; Brett Westwood
Publisher: BBC Open University
Footage description: South America is famous for its parrots and the largest parrots in South America are the Macaws. There were four species and now there are only two species free-living in the wild. Parrots and Macaws have fallen foul of the pet trade, populations being decimated as chicks were abducted from their nests and sold in the exotic pet industry. Across South America there are various moves to protect the species from the illegal pet trade. Mark Brazil visits the Brazilian corner of the Pantanal, one of the world's most glorious wetlands across three countries. At a tourist lodge he discovers how the new burgeoning tourism industry is helping to restore the populations of Hyacinth Macaw to levels of decades ago. Again, it seems, wildlife tourism is an avenue of hope for endangered species and especially these iconic birds of Americana Latina. Also in the programme, our long-legged friends from Eastern Germany on the Somerset Levels. We catch up on the success, or not, of the captive born and released European Cranes we've been following over the year. And we have the third episode of our special Ladybird Book Britain series with Chris Sperring. It's Autumn - what has changed in the 50 years since the publication of the first editions?
Production number: PBS00210WZ0037
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