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New Worlds (6/6)

This is also part of this series: Wild Australasia Series (6)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 50 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2003
Available in French: No

Australia is famously full of the weirdest animals, grown up in isolation for almost fifty million years. But they are no longer alone here: people have also come to live in this land. From the steps of the first people sixty thousand years ago, to the massive European changes in the last two centuries, how have those iconic animals coped with life alongside humans? The relationship is a surprising, bizarre and often poignant one. Where else in the world would a mob of kangaroos get in the way of your four-iron drive down the fairway on an exclusive golf course? Or giant lizards stride around a busy working oilfield? We travel across the whole of this vast continent, from cities and suburbs to the heart of the desert, to see what happens when humans and wildlife cross paths in some of Australia's most spectacular landscapes. We filmed many unexpected sights – koalas, Australia's icon, trying to cope with life in the city when their natural bushland is built over; dodging the traffic, struggling to climb wire fences and munching gum leaves next to a busy railway station; and the spectacle of thousands of fruit bats hanging out and squabbling in Melbourne's elegant Botanic Gardens.

Links: http://http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/wilddownunder/