on 5 June 2012
I already owned the Last Chance to See DVD and book, and had loved the series, so I couldn't wait to buy this as well. For anyone who saw the Last Chance to See series, this DVD is a follow-up to the episode on the Northern White Rhino. Having been unable to find any Northern White Rhinos left in the wild, Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry follow the relocation of four Northern White Rhinos (ie HALF of the world population!) from a zoo in the Czech Republic to their new home in Kenya.
Mark draws the short straw, and goes to the cold, snowy Czech Republic zoo to see the start of the rhinos' journey. Stephen gets to wait at the other end in sunny Kenya for Mark and the rhinos to arrive. I won't go into all the detail and spoil it, but for any critics of keeping animals in zoos, this just shows the importance of zoos in conserving animals - if it wasn't for zoos, the Northern White Rhino would be extinct today. As it is, its future is still uncertain with so few individuals alive, but it was heart warming to see the transformation in the four animals at the end.
on 14 February 2015
This is an excellent DVD, and should be worth 5 stars. It shows the culmination of 6 years of planning with the moving of four of the last remaining eight Northern White Rhinos to Kenya from a zoo in the Czech Republic. A fascinating programme, spoiled only by one small detail...
THE BACKGROUND MUSIC IS TOO LOUD!
The opening sequence, which would have filled in a lot of the detail about the programme had Stephen Fry being drowned because the sound engineer responsible for mixing hasn't learned the meaning of the word "background". Fortunately this doesn't happen too often, but every now and then an audible war breaks out, and speech becomes the victim. Subtitles would have been an extremely useful function for this DVD, but alas, none are provided.
That aside, it is still a good buy; get it before we sadly say to the Northern White Rhino, good bye
on 24 March 2013
This is an excellent DVD, part documentary and part travel. I have always been interested in wildlife, rare animals, and I found this really interesting and thought provoking. it is another reminder of how man doesn't always care for animals until it is almost too late! Very informative, and a good chance to see the rhinos in their own environment, and how they have to be taken from their own environment through no fault of their own!
on 23 June 2014
a great shame that because of a horn of hair the chimese will pay anything to get it fir its health believes,as 5 from the check republic and uk combined are returned to south Africa who by a man claiming not to live in Africa namely Stephen fry,it makes the people watching think of what man has done to bring both the black and white rhinoe literally to the edge of distinction,a great emblem for the African flag a great achievement in a megestic animal that only want s to live where it beleongs,one of the VERY BEST rhino dvds I have seen so far
on 6 October 2012
Title pretty much sums up my views. I really enjoyed watching this on tv and could not wait for the DVD to come out. I have also purchased the follow up DVD on white rhino, as I missed that completely on tele. Stephen Fry is hilarious and Mark is very patient as well as knowledgeable. Every second a pleasure and I cannot wait to share with my son as he gets a little older.