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Wild Australia with Ray Mears

  • Episode: 

    3 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 09 May 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 19 2016 : Sat 07 May - Fri 13 May
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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In Wild Australia, Ray Mears delves into the spectacularly diverse Australian landscape to look at some of the weird and wonderful life forms that are able to live and survive in the land Down Under.
 
From the expansive waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the vast wilderness of Arnhem Land, to the teeming Cooper Creek billabongs and the ancient heartland of the rainforest, each episode sees Mears explore the dramatic physical geography of the region, the extreme weather conditions that occur there and the wildlife species that have adapted to survive in those environments. 
 
Mears encounters rare and extraordinary creatures, such as the prehistoric cassowary bird, the weedy sea dragon, and the tree kangaroo, as well as witnessing a three-month-old humpback whale calf learning to swim in preparation for the long migration to Antarctica. Ray even ventures deep underwater himself as he gets up close with some giant manta rays and green sea turtles.
 
Travelling among the dense eucalyptus forests of the Bush, the scarlet sands of the Red Desert and the dramatic shoreline of the southern coast, Mears meets with local wildlife experts and guides, witnesses the ancient tradition of farming with fire, makes his way through a giant flock of magpie geese as he traverses some dried up mudflats, discovers a gallery of ancient aboriginal art and comes face-to-face with a giant saltwater crocodile.
 
Ray says: “I love Australia, it’s one of my favourite places. Sometimes it just feels amazing to be alive in a wild place like this.”
 
In episode three, Ray is in Victoria, just south west of Melbourne in the You Yangs National Park, where he meets up with researcher Janine Duffy in a dry eucalyptus forest.  There they go in search of koalas and find a young male who nervously tries to establish his own territory.
 
Ray then moves down to the open grasslands and tracks a mob of Eastern grey kangaroos, before visiting the Mount Rothwell Conservation Reserve. There he meets an unusual marsupial - a predator - that is almost extinct on the mainland of Australia: a tiger quoll, a smaller relative of the Tasmanian devil.
 
Finally, Ray journeys through a wet eucalyptus forest to Lake Elizabeth and, canoeing across the quiet waters, finds himself surrounded by rare and unique duck billed platypuses.