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Season 1 / Episode 16 and airs on 08 June 2020 15:00
Work on the Wild Side is a new twenty-part series which follows vets and volunteers who gave up their day jobs in the UK and moved to South Africa to rescue, rehabilitate and release some of the world's most endangered animals.Each hour-long programme transports us to South Africa, where we will see our vets and volunteers relocate giraffe, rescue a two week old hippo, become surrogate mums for orphaned monkeys, give mouth to mouth resuscitation to a cheetah and assist in the process of dehorning a rhino - all in a day's work.The series captures South Africa's vibrancy and colour while shining a light on the critical conservation issues affecting these most vulnerable of species.It's an emotional rollercoaster as our wildlife heroes let us into their lives and talk about their passion to save animals in danger of extinction, from penguins and sharks in the Western Cape to the ‘Big Five' in the Northern Plains.
A pride of lions at the Sibuya Game Reserve that once ate some poachers need to be moved - but the task of transporting them to their new home is far from safe.
At the Riverside Rehabilitation Centre, Debbie is put to the test as six baby monkeys escape high into a tree. Meanwhile, Emma greets a new baby mongoose.
Marine biologist Alison is busy preparing for the release of Nick, a critically endangered African penguin, on the Western Cape. Vet Emily has to anaesthetise a cheetah that needs to go to a new home.
Anna and the team from the Rhino Revolution dehorn two rare and very dangerous black rhinos, while Emma prepares Finya the black-backed jackal for release. Jenna and Sean, the leading forces in elephant research, tackle the growing problem of human and elephant conflict.
Harriet races against time to find a partially blind bull elephant that is seriously injured, while Emily and Annie try to track down a roan antelope that has bolted from its herd.
A vet has to dehorn a mother rhino and its calf as well as moving three males to a new home. Zoologists compare glucose levels between elephants in the wild and kept in zoos.
Marine biologist Alison is out at sea to check on a colony of seals on the Western Cape, and vet Annie has to relocate a female rhino.
Debbie at Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre calls on fellow Brit Emma to take in two baby jackals that have been found abandoned, while Emily and Will relocate two cheetahs.
Emma at Umoya Khulula Wildlife Center has a tiny bush baby that needs round-the-clock care. Jenna and Sean are forced to stop elephant research for the day as a bush fire comes perilously close to destroying their home. Meanwhile, on the Eastern Cape, vets Annie and Lisa undertake a vital rhino collaring procedure.
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