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A Growing Number of Wildebeest In the Serengeti

Season 1 Episode 5 | 3m 16s

After vets eradicated rinderpest, a disease which impacts both cattle and the wildebeest of the Serengeti. Wildebeest numbers grew and grew from 300,00 to over a million. At the time experts were worried they would overgraze destroying the ecosystem but instead the opposite happened, a key relationship was restored and the whole environment started to flourish.

Extras
A momentous occasion as a new Buffalo herd are returned to the Fort Peck Reservation.
Plants are reacting to our changing climate so scientists are looking to soil for answers.
Forgotten and overlooked, grasslands could hold the key to our planet’s survival.
billy barr tells us the lilies emergence is out of sync with the hummingbirds arrival.
Red foxes are moving further north following the encroachment of the tree line.
Reindeer are playing a crucial role in preserving the tundra by eating forest vegetation.
At the planet’s frozen extremes, animals can reveal the changes taking place.
The ibex are Israel’s newest big city resident with rising desert temperatures.
Mylene finds that when temperatures rise, zebra finches can sing to their unhatched eggs.
In the Gobi Desert, Adiya Yadamsuren tracks a wild camel to a water hole.
Forgotten and overlooked, grasslands could hold the key to our planet’s survival.
Ice
At the planet’s frozen extremes, animals can reveal the changes taking place.
In the hottest places, species are going to extraordinary lengths to survive.
Remarkable island wildlife reveals insights into our rapidly changing planet.
Animals have a surprising story to tell about our rapidly changing planet.