Discovery to air “Africa” doc series in January

The seven-part doc series Africa (pictured), a coproduction between the U.S. cable network and the BBC, was shot in 27 countries, and promises to feature newly discovered animal behaviors and never-before-filmed species.
December 6, 2012

Discovery Channel will air a seven-part documentary series about about the African continent in January.

A coproduction between the U.S. cable network and UK pubcaster the BBC, Africa (pictured) was shot in 27 countries and promises to feature newly discovered animal behaviors and never-before-filmed species.

Producers spent a total of 1,598 days on location across 79 separate expeditions and used 21 different types of cameras to shoot more than 2,000 hours of footage.

Highlights include footage of a shot of “what could be the last great rhinoceros gathering on Earth,” filmed with a new camera system that operates using the light of the stars; a chimp in the Congo that hunts for honey using a complex set of techniques; giraffes battling for domination; and lizards that hunt flies on the backs of sleeping lions.

Of the 553 cameras deployed, producers said, only eight were lost or damaged beyond repair. The seventh episode is hosted on-camera by British naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who will explain why Africa is changing faster than at any time in history.

The series was executive produced for BBC by Mike Gunton and series produced by James Honeyborne. For Discovery Channel, Robert Zakin served as executive producer. Africa will premiere on January 8 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

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