Join Steve Backshall as eight British go to Madagascar on an extraordinary wildlife adventure
Eight ordinary children from the UK travel to the frontline of conservation in Madagascar to witness the dangers threatening the wildlife there - and to learn what can be done to try and make a difference. The team arrives in Madagascar and straight away tracks down two of the world's rarest lemurs. They also come face to face with the problems directly facing these creatures and join some Lemur scientists to get hands on collaring some special animals
The team meets up with a conservation group looking at the super cool sucker-footed bats. They help out with their research and discover the unexpected, yet vital role that wildlife plays, before meeting up with the local school kids and leaving something behind that will remind them of their time there forever
The team heads west to Ranomafana, Madagascar's most famous national park. To get there they have to kayak down river and work as a team for the first time. They then split into teams and 'bio blitz' two areas - one that has once been disturbed by people and the other entirely pristine - to see which area has the most wildlife. The results surprise them
The kids want to find out if a national park can not only benefit the wildlife but the local people too. They split into teams, with one group encountering a rare Malagasy treat whilst the others learn that conservation is not just important in Madagascar but that it can have a global impact
The team heads north towards Ankarafantsika wildlife reserve, where they hope to find a way of stopping animals from becoming extinct. They meet the conservationists running captive breeding programmes for two reptiles that are found nowhere else on Earth. The team ends up returning some of the rarest and most endangered turtles on the island back into the wild
The largest predator in Madagascar is a strange cat-like dog animal called a Fossa. The trouble is they are very hard to find. The team join up with an Earth Watch project and their leader Dr Luke Dollar.
Off the east coast is a tiny island paradise called Ile St Marie and it is here that our adventurers head to, to face their next set of challenges. First up is the Humpback whale. Here they set out with a conservation group.
Reefs are being damaged and spoilt all over the world and Madagascar is not immune. The team carry out a reef survey to see what state the reef is in here, and it is mixed news; some of it is quite damaged, but why?
Eilidh heads out on an expedition of her very own to discover a way to help the reef. Artificial reefs could well hold the key. With another issue tackled their time in Madagascar is fast running out.