Wednesday, July 12, 2006

AYE-AYE LEMURS - Final Chance To Save

The second series of the TV series with the disconcertingly familiar name of "Final Chance To Save" has begun airing on the Sky TV network in the UK, Fridays at 8pm. The series features various celebrities making trips around the world to visit endangered animals.

One of the shows features talented actress Miranda Richardson (Blackadder) on a visit to Madagascar to visit the Aye-Aye Lemurs.
Madagascar, one of the world's last great wildernesses and home to 530 of the world's most endangered species, is home to the Aye-Aye, a creature that famously inspired Tolkien's Gollum from the Lord of the Ring's trilogy. Thought to be extinct in 1961, the Aye-Aye, a primate like us and a close evolutionary relative, was rediscovered and for the last four decades it has been on the world's most endangered list. If we don'’t act now, we could lose the species Miranda describes as the '‘underdog'’ of the natural world.
Dave Haddock reports that the Miranda Richardson/Aye-Aye episode show airs on:
Sky One - Friday 21st July, 8pm
Sky Two - Saturday 22nd July, 7pm

The series also features a Gorilla visit from mountaineer Joe Simpson, who experienced and wrote about his harrowing mountain adventure in "Touching the Void".

Other endangered animals visited in this series include Jaguars (Comedian Bill Bailey) and Tigers (Sanjeev Bhaskar).

No word on a US broadcast of the "Final Chance To Save" series, nor of any potential DVD release.

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