50|50 Season 9 Episode 5: 17 June 2018

50|50 Season 9 Episode 5: 17 June 2018


Human Wildlife conflict zone

With a growing human population and crowded cities, open and often untouched natural areas are transformed into built-up metropolitan areas. Residential areas where wildlife still exists. But as our need for more housing grows, our wild neighbors are showing the same need. They are also looking for new habitats. With humans and animals competing more and more for the same space, it brings an awkwardly interesting question: Are these overlapping areas going to result in human / animal conflict zones or will we be able to live together in peace? Ashmund heads to Mpumalanga where he investigates the interaction that occur between people and porcupines, elephants and crocodiles.



Wonderwêreld: Cape gannets arriving on Bird Island

Cape gannets fly over 500 kilometres from their fishing grounds every year to breed on Bird Island. This is a rocky island oasis situated 100 m off the shore of Lambert’s Bay on the Cape’s West Coast.. In the summer months, over 8 000 breeding pairs are nesting on this small island. Wonderwêreld look at the lifecycle of this dazzling seabird from egg to fledgling. This is one of only six remaining breeding colonies of Cape gannets in the world.


Doodsbenoud: Black rhino

Dr Peter Rogers, wildlife vet in the Hoedspruit region had an incident with a black rhino during a dehorning procedure. Dr Rogers, with experience of over 32 years has interacted with thousands of rhino and never thought that his life will one day hang in the balance because of an altercation with one of these animals that he dearly loves.


Simon says

In Simon says he answers the question: why the earth is round? He explains that the earth is not round but rather slightly fatter around the middle, but otherwise, it is amazingly smooth spherical. True to Simons style he illustrates this using the comparison of our earth to a blown up billiard ball.



In the Veldfokus studio this week there is a “birds eye” view in the life of a Paradise flycatcher, bats and their adaptations are caught on camera and unusual visitors in warmer seawaters keeps a few fishermen from fishing.


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