Africa's Super Seven

2005, Nature  -   7 Comments
Ratings: 8.19/10 from 57 users.

In Africa anything can take place in a short period of time, particularly when seven of its most beautiful wild animals confront each other. These are seven glorious animals who exceed all others. Seven characters who govern the African wilderness. Over 24 hours, from day to night, the activity never halts. The cheetah is the unbeaten racer, able to hunt even the most agile prey. But can she educate her cubs how to chase the prey for themselves today? Or will the hyena rob them?

She's an ingenious vacillator, with offspring too, and will do whatever it takes to feed them and keep them alive. The lion is not just the greatest of Africa's cats - it's also a collaborator. And tonight, the group is on the hunt. The buffalo will have to be very careful. But this quiet vegan has an ungenerous attitude towards cats and moves in a big herd... a strength to be looked upon.

The rhino also has terrifying competence, but her poor eyesight and an anxious temperament means she's the wild card of the super seven. But nothing is more hazardous than a capricious elephant, especially a young one with too much vigor and not enough sensibility. And then there's the leopard - the master of secrecy. He lives in the darkness and is always ready to attack with surprise. Seven super beasts, one place, one single day. There's no better place to follow these animals than in south Africa's Mala-Mala Game Reserve... a very large area of wilderness, abundant with wildlife.

And through it all runs another fascinating feature - the sand river, where this story begins. It's mid-afternoon and for the animals, this is the real start of an African day. They're coming out from their dark retreats to make use of the remaining daylight. Here you must be ready for anything. No two days are ever the same. Available only in United States.

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Cecil

    This documentary is nothing but a few pieces from here and there stitched together with gaps and patches of silence and abrupt changes to slides. Very poorly done.

  2. Dee Dee

    The leopard is beautiful!!!

  3. gaboora

    I feel sorry for the hyenas. But what can you do? That's the way it goes in the jungle.

  4. Jack1952

    I love this type of documentary. I didn't comment on it but the one that was shown recently about the wolverines was good, too. You can post these everyday and I wouldn't complain.

  5. Michael

    Around 2014-01-07, Mala-Mala became the latest reserve granted free of charge to locals who have ZERO game reserve knowledge. Past experience suggests no animals nor infrastructure will remain in two or three years.

    1. Jack1952

      Let's hope that this doesn't happen this time. You'd think there would be a transition phase so the locals could learn to look after the preserve properly. It would be in their long term best interest. It would be great for tourism and their livelihood.

    2. Dee Dee

      Granting free access is the first step to teach that. How else will they get "game reserve knowledge" but by being on the reserve? If the cost is so prohibitive, how ill they visit? why should tourists with euros and dollars b ethe only ones with access to a country's resources/attractions?/