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​David Attenborough Fans Will Love BBC's New Doc 'The Last Unicorn’

​David Attenborough Fans Will Love BBC's New Doc 'The Last Unicorn’

If you're partial to a nature documentary, you're going to love BBC's upcoming one called The Last Unicorn.

The one-off hour-long documentary has just been announced and will follow a team as they travel to Sudan in search of a previously unknown population of northern white rhinos - a species declared extinct back in 2018 when the last male rhino supposedly died.

Whilst "a long shot," there's been "rumours of them out there," according to the BBC.

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An extinct animal possibly alive and well? We cannot wait to see what the charity Saving the Survivors, followed by BBC's Natural History unit find.

If located, it would be the good news we all need, with such doom and gloom surrounding the planet's state of late.

Vianet Djenguet, wildlife cameraman, says: "I am extremely excited to be involved in this search for this majestic and beautiful species - if we succeed it gives us a second chance to save the northern white rhino, a win in the war against reckless poaching, and fresh hope for the people of South Sudan."

Doug Hope, Executive Producer for BBC Studios Natural History Unit, says: "It is a long shot, there is no denying that, but there are rumours of them out there, and in a place that is so remote, so unexplored.

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There is no confirmed air date for the show just yet (Credit: Flickr)
There is no confirmed air date for the show just yet (Credit: Flickr)

"Yet, from what our sources are telling us, it remains prime rhino habitat, so surely there is still a chance? And until this search is carried out we can't close the book on the northern white rhino."

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But you're probably wondering why nobody knew there's a chance these rhinos exist and how they could be ruled as extinct.

South Sudan, where the potential rhinos are located - which was once the species' stronghold - has seen conflict and civil war for the past twenty years and at one time was the most dangerous place on earth.

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Saving the Survivors charity and BBC's Natural History unit are on the hunt in Sudan for Northern White Rhinos (Credit: PA)
Saving the Survivors charity and BBC's Natural History unit are on the hunt in Sudan for Northern White Rhinos (Credit: PA)
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It was finally declared independent in 2013, but today is still considered high risk, according to the UN. It also has no infrastructure, electricity, phone networks and internet.

Because of this unsettled unordered environment, no film crews have been allowed access and there have been no surveys or comprehensive searches of South Sudan's wildlife in over a decade.

So when locals started reporting they'd seen the animal, an expedition was set up.

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Using the latest technology and local knowledge to leave no stone unturned, the team will now do whatever it takes to see if we have a second chance with this magnificent beast, that saw its decline in numbers due to the impact of the illegal wildlife trade - and it's all because people believe their horns have medicinal properties.

The white rhino was announced as extinct in 2018 (Credit: PA)
The white rhino was announced as extinct in 2018 (Credit: PA)

But the documentary won't just be one big search for an animal that may not be there, the BBC team will also be on the hunt for footage of elephants, giraffe, leopards, honey badgers, antelope, warthogs and baboons too, so either way the show should be an interesting watch.

The Last Unicorn has no set air date just yet, but the expedition is underway.

Featured Image Credit: Flickr

Topics: TV and Film, BBC, TV Entertainment, Documentary, rhino, Nature

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