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Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears

  • Episode: 

    4 of 7

  • Title: 

    Kangaroo Island
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 03 Nov 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 44 2017 : Sat 28 Oct - Fri 03 Nov
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Episode 4 - Kangaroo Island
Ray travels the length of Kangaroo Island, off Australia’s South Coast, described as the “wild jewel” in the continent’s crown.  When the early explorers came to the island they found a land teeming with kangaroos and other species with no predators to harm them. Ray sets out to discover just how much of this original paradise is left.  First he comes across a sooty kangaroo, which is unique to Kangaroo Island, and then meets Paul Stanton, who has been farming on the island for 30 years.  Ray learns how Paul lives in harmony with his kangaroo neighbours. 
After an encounter with a mob of kangaroos, Ray moves down to the middle of the island to Lathami
National Park.  Here he meets naturalist Karleah Berris, who shows him the last refuge of the South Australian glossy black cockatoo, which is extinct on the mainland. He learns that the bird is rare because it only nests in the hollows of large, old gum trees.  Most of these big trees were taken out in the 1950s, and the new ones are not yet mature.   Karleah shows him how the cockatoos are being encouraged to nest in artificial hollows in the young trees, made of plastic water pipes. Through this they have doubled the population in the last 22 years.
Still heading south, Ray meets Peggy Rismiller, who has spent 30 years studying one of the world’s most elusive- and weirdest- creatures.  It’s the echidna, or spiny ant eater.  Ray and Peggy go off to track down an echnida, surprising a large lizard, Rosenberg’s goanna, along the way.
Finally, they find an echnida.  It’s the only mammal with a true beak, and it lays eggs!  Ray learns that the echnida is an ancient, living bridge between  reptiles and  mammals.
He arrives at Kangaroo Island’s south coast, at Flinders Chase National Park, where he finds fur seals being battered in the surf of the southern ocean.  Next stop would be Antarctica!
Series overview
This brand-new seven part series sees renowned bushcraft expert Ray Mears delving further into the outback. 
Ray travels across Australia to discover how the wildlife and people thrive and adapt in some of the planet’s last great areas of wilderness. 
In this series Ray ventures through turquoise waters, across majestic mangroves, high above mountain ranges and deep into pre-historic forests. In each episode Ray journeys through Australia in search of its remarkable landscapes, the extraordinary wildlife and the people who have survived this  wilderness.