Home to more than half of the world’s human population, cities provide a range of challenges to their wild residents. Expanding on the final episode of Planet Earth II, comes a new programme from the BBC.
Cities: Nature’s New Wild, narrated by David Kaluuya, explores to the co-existence of humans and wildlife in urban areas.
When is Cities: Nature’s New Wild being shown on TV?
There are three episodes in this new BBC series.
The first episode Residents is due to air on Sunday 30 December at 9pm on BBC Two, and the second episode Commuters is due to air on Sunday 6 January at 9pm on BBC Two.
Watch a clip from one of the episodes
What animals and locations are featured in Cities: Nature’s New Wild?
There are a wide range of species featured in this new BBC series, here are a few highlights:
Smooth-coated otter – Singapore City, Singapore
There are more than 600 miles of canals and waterways criss-crossing Singapore City, and one of the most adorable species seen swimming around is the smooth-coated otter.
Otters of the world
Did you know that there are 13 extant (living) species of otter around the globe? The largest is the giant otter, which can grow to 2m in length!
Long tailed macaque – Lopburi, Thailand
These macaques are smart city dwellers, knowing how to handle the traffic and how to take what they need from their human neighbours.
African penguin – Cape Town, South Africa
African penguins can be found nesting in the city gardens of Cape Town, and must safely navigate the route between their home and fishing grounds.
Fascinating facts about penguins
Although we usually associate penguins with Antarctica, the 18 species of continent can be found in range of countries across the southern hemisphere. In fact, the Galapagos penguin can occasionally be found in the northern hemisphere!
Alligator – Kiawah Island, USA
Along the east coast of the USA, golf resorts are often built on prime alligator habitats. Male alligators guard their territory and females, leaving the young male alligators to explore the fairways and ponds for those which are unclaimed.
Manatee – Crystal River, USA
Manatees, also known as sea cows, can grow up to 4m long and swim to Crystal River for the thermal springs.