The Luangwa Valley in Zambia is one of Africa’s last great wildernesses. A rich mosaic of ebony forests and grassy plains, it’s home to a vast array of colourful species including carmine-bee-eaters, hyenas, lions, vultures, crocodiles and insects such as praying mantis. This series follows the challenges the valley’s wildlife must overcome during the long dry season as they await the life-giving rains.
It’s October in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. The hottest and harshest time of year. But this year dry season conditions are exacerbated by a global El Nino event… the Valley is in the throes of drought. There’s been no rain since April and desperate animals are drawn to the only remaining source of water in the Valley – the dwindling Luangwa River...
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The rains are late. It is the most brutal time of year. Babies born into drought face starvation. The weak and the injured are weeded out. Everything is desperate for rain. When it finally arrives, it is a downpour on an enormous scale. Alien creatures emerge into a different world. The wet season begins.
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