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Stephen Fry & Mark Carwardine - Last Chance to See

After an intensive, but fruitless search in 2006, the baiji is now believed to be extinct. It makes me wonder - if we can't save an appealing and attractive dolphin, what can we save? After an intensive, but fruitless search in 2006, the baiji is now believed to be extinct. It makes me wonder - if we can't save an appealing and attractive dolphin, what can we save?
The kakapo is unusual for many reasons - it is the only bird with a song like an unreleased collection of Pink Floyd studio outtakes, for example, and it smells like a musty clarinet case. Worst of all, with just 124 survivors, it is one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. The kakapo is unusual for many reasons - it is the only bird with a song like an unreleased collection of Pink Floyd studio outtakes, for example, and it smells like a musty clarinet case. Worst of all, with just 124 survivors, it is one of the most critically endangered animals in the world.
If a spaceship were to land on earth, the creature most likely to emerge from its cargo doors is an aye-aye. One of the strangest animals on the planet, according to Stephen this nocturnal lemur 'looks like someone has tried to turn a bat into a cat and then stuck a few extra gadgets on it for good measure'. If a spaceship were to land on earth, the creature most likely to emerge from its cargo doors is an aye-aye. One of the strangest animals on the planet, according to Stephen this nocturnal lemur 'looks like someone has tried to turn a bat into a cat and then stuck a few extra gadgets on it for good measure'.
Even if you put a northern white rhino through a car wash, it still wouldn't be white. The world's second largest land animal is more of a dull grey-brown colour. Almost certainly extinct in the wild, but with a handful surviving in captivity, it's the rarest rhino in the world. Even if you put a northern white rhino through a car wash, it still wouldn't be white. The world's second largest land animal is more of a dull grey-brown colour. Almost certainly extinct in the wild, but with a handful surviving in captivity, it's the rarest rhino in the world.
The Amazonian manatee has been described as looking more like an unusually listless mudbank, or even a travelling case for carrying a seal in, than a real-life aquatic mammal. No one knows how many manatees are left - but they face an inordinate number of threats in their Amazonian home. The Amazonian manatee has been described as looking more like an unusually listless mudbank, or even a travelling case for carrying a seal in, than a real-life aquatic mammal. No one knows how many manatees are left - but they face an inordinate number of threats in their Amazonian home.
With the worst breath of any animal known to man, and a habit of dribbling dangerous saliva packed with no fewer than 57 different strains of toxic bacteria, the Komodo dragon is a hard animal to love. But, as Stephen put it, it's very good at being itself - 'you've got to admire it's sort of Komodo dragonness, haven't you?'. With the worst breath of any animal known to man, and a habit of dribbling dangerous saliva packed with no fewer than 57 different strains of toxic bacteria, the Komodo dragon is a hard animal to love. But, as Stephen put it, it's very good at being itself - 'you've got to admire it's sort of Komodo dragonness, haven't you?'.
You'd have thought finding a blue whale - which is almost as long as a Boeing 737 - would be about as easy as looking for a sofa in the living room. But so many blues were killed by whalers (more than 360,000) that nowadays there are hardly any left. And they survive in only a handful of their former haunts. You'd have thought finding a blue whale - which is almost as long as a Boeing 737 - would be about as easy as looking for a sofa in the living room. But so many blues were killed by whalers (more than 360,000) that nowadays there are hardly any left. And they survive in only a handful of their former haunts.
The most remarkable thing about grey whales is their willingness to forgive and forget. They were hunted ruthlessly in the second half of the 19th century, and again in the early 20th century, and came scarily close to extinction. And yet nowadays they greet whale watchers in their breeding lagoons in Baja California, Mexico, like old friends. The most remarkable thing about grey whales is their willingness to forgive and forget. They were hunted ruthlessly in the second half of the 19th century, and again in the early 20th century, and came scarily close to extinction. And yet nowadays they greet whale watchers in their breeding lagoons in Baja California, Mexico, like old friends.
The world's smallest primate definitely captured the heart of one of the world's biggest. When Stephen met Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, in Madagascar, he ooh-ed and aah-ed every time it twitched it's little ears. I've never heard the big man ooh and aah so much over anything, before or since. The world's smallest primate definitely captured the heart of one of the world's biggest. When Stephen met Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, in Madagascar, he ooh-ed and aah-ed every time it twitched it's little ears. I've never heard the big man ooh and aah so much over anything, before or since.
Seeing gorillas in a zoo (or any animal in a zoo, for that matter) is absolutely no preparation for seeing them in the wild. Their gentler side is just as compelling as their huge size and those dramatic displays of strength we keep hearing about. Seeing gorillas in a zoo (or any animal in a zoo, for that matter) is absolutely no preparation for seeing them in the wild. Their gentler side is just as compelling as their huge size and those dramatic displays of strength we keep hearing about.
Chimpanzees share many human characteristics - good and bad. They gang up on one another, indulge in office politics, lie, gossip and bear grudges. But they also have long-lasting friendships, remember favours and enjoy being tickled. Chimpanzees share many human characteristics - good and bad. They gang up on one another, indulge in office politics, lie, gossip and bear grudges. But they also have long-lasting friendships, remember favours and enjoy being tickled.
The notorious kea is a mountain-dwelling parrot that has achieved a reputation for inquisitiveness and reckless behaviour. You couldn't take one on an aeroplane as hand luggage, because its beak would be considered a dangerous weapon. The notorious kea is a mountain-dwelling parrot that has achieved a reputation for inquisitiveness and reckless behaviour. You couldn't take one on an aeroplane as hand luggage, because its beak would be considered a dangerous weapon.
The pink river dolphin, or boto, is the kind of animal young children paint at school. A particularly naive teacher might relegate the exuberant splashes of dazzling pink, the chubby cheeks, the gratuitously long beak and the gargantuan designer flippers to a wild and fertile imagination. But it is a real-life Amazonian speciality. The pink river dolphin, or boto, is the kind of animal young children paint at school. A particularly naive teacher might relegate the exuberant splashes of dazzling pink, the chubby cheeks, the gratuitously long beak and the gargantuan designer flippers to a wild and fertile imagination. But it is a real-life Amazonian speciality.
A herd of the largest animals on land took us by surprise by turning up on the doorstep of our camp. We were in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park to look for them, but they most definitely found us. A herd of the largest animals on land took us by surprise by turning up on the doorstep of our camp. We were in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park to look for them, but they most definitely found us.

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