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Saving Species on BBC Radio 4 explores biodiversity, conservation and natural history, both in the UK and across the globe. This week on Saving Species we look at some of the international stories ...which have caught our attention, from Asia in the East to the United States in the West. Reporter Mark Brazil travels to the Gir Forest National Park in India to report on the plight of the last lions in Asia. through hunting and loss of habitat, the Asiatic lion was brought to near extinction. In 1972 a sanctuary was set up and from a few lions the sanctuary now holds about 400 individuals. The Atlantic Goliath Grouper is a huge, majestic fish only found in significant numbers today off the coast of Florida. At up to 2.5m in length, they are outsized only by the few remaining sharks and they are critically endangered across their range due to historical overfishing. Goliaths are now strictly protected in Florida. Helen Scales meets her first wild goliaths in the company of Dr Sarah Frias-Torres from ORCA (Ocean Research and Conservation Association) who is studying many aspects of these huge fish including a survey of scuba divers that she hopes will show that a goliath is worth more alive than dead. Also in the programme - news from around the world with our regular news reporter, Kelvin Boot. And we'll update you on the activities of the Open University's iSpot.
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Series: Saving species; Series 3
Episode 11
First transmission date: 2012-11-13
Original broadcast channel: BBC Radio 4
Published: 2012
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Duration: 00:27:34
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Producer: Sheena Duncan
Presenter: Brett Westwood
Contributors: Kelvin Boot; Mark Brazil; Kartikeya Chauhan; Sarah Frias-Torres; Helen Scales; Paul Stancliffe; Brett Westwood
Publisher: BBC Open University
Production number: AUDA614B
Available to public: no