The Hunt: Nowhere to Hide(48min) showing with Eeya(5min), The Rhino Guardians(6min), The Last Rhinos(9min).
Eeya is the Baka word for elephant, an animal that is an important figure in the lives of the indigenous Baka tribes of Central Africa. The Baka are thought of as “scientists of the forest” – the forest provides them with everything they need to live, and they know its flora and fauna intimately. But, that has unfortunately made them appealing recruits for elephant poachers who use the Baka as hunting guides. The endemic poverty of the Baka makes them easy targets for such work; poaching gangs usually offer a pittance to the Baka guides they use - even as little as a pack of cigarettes. While some Baka have been lured by the payout of poaching, others – like Bosso Andre and his son Gaston - have been brought into the fold of the National Park system to work as eco-guards and guides. Bosso Andre takes us for a walk through the bush, and illuminates the impact that elephant poaching has had on the Baka way of life.
The Rhino Guardians
In 2016 Dan Sadgrove travelled to South Africa to visit The Black Mambas - the worlds first all female anti-poaching unit operating in the Balule Game Reserve in South Africa. Coming from disadvantaged communities and breaking strong patriarchal tradition, these courageous women focus on eliminating illegal wildlife trade through conservation, education and the protection of wildlife, helping to ensure the long term survival of threatened and endangered species in the area. Each day they patrol up to 20km, unarmed, looking for poachers, wire-snares, and break-ins along the fence line. Their lives are at constant risk from poachers and the dangerous wildlife they protect
The Last Rhinos
John Hume owns 5 percent of the world's rhinos. Last year, he sued the South African government to legalize the sale of rhino horn. The case reached South Africa's equivalent of the Supreme Court this summer. In a nation that's home to 70 percent of Earth's rhinos, this is a question of what conservation is in the 21st century. Could selling horn, the very part that rhinos are killed for, actually save the population?
The Hunt: Nowhere to Hide
The eternal arms race between predator and prey is shaped by the habitat in which they live. More than half of the land on Earth is deserts or grasslands. Predators of these open habitats may be able to find their prey, but it works both ways - the prey can often see them coming. In a world of strategy and counter-strategy, when there's nowhere to hide little is left to chance, and the tactics of the hunt are seen in their sharpest relief.