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In the Wild

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In the Wild

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The wild horse and the dingo are two of the Australia’s most iconic animals, but they are much maligned and misunderstood. The three-part landmark series, In The Wild seeks to redress such widespread attitudes and explore how these unique species have become a valuable part of the Australian landscape and imagination.

 

Australia’s iconic wild horse – or brumby – is a recently introduced species to Australia. Since they escaped from or were released by the humans, they have quickly become part of the country’s cultural heritage but their place in the ecosystem is hotly debated. The series heads through the country’s vast alpine regions where wild and sure-footed Mountain Brumbies flourish. These animals form intimate bonds as a herd – a sign of their social complexity – and have quickly adapted to the cold and snowy landscape, so much so that their numbers have skyrocketed. Meanwhile brumbies of the arid outback too have increased their populations dramatically with their hardy and agile nature allowing them to successfully endure the dry and intensely hot landscape.

 

The final episode reveals a rarely seen side of a creature with a much longer history than the brumby in Australia, having been introduced by Asian travellers around 5,000 years ago; the dingo. The dingo's highly adaptable nature means that it can live both in the driest deserts and withstand the icy cold climates of the alpine region. In The Wild tracks two packs one from these environments and captures their distinctive social behaviour and dramatic hunting techniques. While the dingo is often seen as a pest for using these skills to kill livestock, there are a growing number of ecologists and experts who believe that this wild dog is a crucial member of the Australian fauna and plays an integral role in the ecology all over the continent.