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Last Chance to See

Six one-hour episodes presented by Mark and Stephen Fry on BBC2 in September/October 2009, with an accompanying book published in September 2009

Twenty years ago, zoologist Mark Carwardine teamed up with the late Douglas Adams (author of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and together they embarked on a groundbreaking expedition, travelling the globe in search of some of the world's most endangered animals.

Now Mark has teamed up with one of Douglas's closest friends, comic genius Stephen Fry, to see how all those animals have been faring in the years since. In the BBC television series Last Chance to See, and the accompanying book by Mark, we follow the unlikely duo on six separate journeys which take them from the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the ice-covered mountain tops of New Zealand and from the edge of a war zone in Central Africa to a sub-tropical paradise in the North Pacific. Along the way, they searched for some of the weirdest, most remarkable and most troubled creatures on Earth: a large, black, sleepy animal easily mistaken for an unusually listless mudbank, a parrot with song like an unreleased collection of Pink Floyd studio outtakes, a rhino with square lips, a dragon with deadly saliva, an animal roughly the length of a Boeing 737 and the creature most likely to emerge from the cargo doors of a spaceship.

A unique insight into the disappearing world around us,this is their hilarious, entertaining, informative and thought-provoking story.

For more information on the TV series go to the dedicated BBC website:

As an aside ... a clip from the New Zealand episode of Last Chance to See has been the most viewed video on the BBC website and has had more than 3 million hits on YouTube. Click here...

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