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Singapore: Wild City

All Episodes 2016 - 2020

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  • Ended
  • Channel News Asia (CNA)
  • 2016-03-14T16:00:00Z
  • 50 mins
  • 4 hours, 10 mins (5 episodes)
  • Singapore
  • English
  • Documentary
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Singapore: tropical Asia’s thrumming megalopolis. 665 square kilometres of hustle, bustle, concrete and air-con. But nestled among the concrete is an urban wilderness – places where crocodiles, monkeys, otters, snakes and hornbills sit right among the skyscrapers and boardwalks. This is Singapore: Wild City. Filmed over the course of a year and divided into three 1-hour episodes narrated by natural history legend Sir David Attenborough, the series aims to be nothing less than a comprehensive profile of Singapore’s surprisingly diverse animals and plants and their fascinating behaviors. The two acts to the series showcase the range of different habitats found in and around the built up urban sprawl, then journey around the island’s hidden wildlife hotspots – from the overlooked interior to the inaccessible coastline and islands that have become unplanned sanctuaries for Singapore’s natural heritage. By the end of the show, viewers will have an eye-opening experience and a deeper appreciation for the amazing life forms that live right next door.
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5 episodes

1x01 Urban Wild

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    2016-03-14T16:00:00Z — 50 mins

The first part, Urban Wild, looks at the built-up surroundings - from the city centre to the suburban areas - where various animals and plants have adopted as their home, as Singapore’s landscape rapidly changes. It uncovers several hidden gems, from troops of macaques that straddle forest and condominium-life, civets that take up residencies in roof cavities, reticulated pythons that hunt for their prey in the drains and the world’s first family of wild otters breeding right in the heart of the city in Marina Bay.

1x02 Hidden Wild

  • 2016-03-21T16:00:00Z — 50 mins

Hidden Wild, the second part of the series, takes a peek at overlooked, tucked-away areas of the island that are now home to an astonishing variety of creatures. These areas include the coastal wetlands, abandoned buildings and offshore islands, which animals such as colugos (gliding mammals also known as flying lemurs - although they aren’t true lemurs), fiddler crabs and Singapore’s oldest predators – the crocodiles.

1x03 Wild Islands

  • 2016-03-28T16:00:00Z — 50 mins

The third part of the series explores Singapore's islands -- far from the city, past the port, hidden from view lies an undiscovered wilderness. From laid-back sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs, to ever-constant coastal development, Singapore's coasts and islands are home to an array of fascinating creatures. Dive underwater to meet the dynamic duo of the yellow watchman goby and shrimp, discover the quick-changing cuttlefish, delve into darkness with the dog-faced water snake, and avoid the aim of the lethal archerfish. Relax on the beach with busy sand bubbler crabs and marooned macaques and take to the skies to follow the twisting tale of a family of little terns. This is a journey across the waters to explore the unexpected world of Singapore's wild islands.

1x04 Forest Life

  • 2019-06-28T16:00:00Z — 50 mins

The fourth part of the series explores Singapore's forests; this multi-layered jungle is home to one of the least known primates in the world, flying dragons, mating snakes, and many more.

1x05 River World

  • 2020-12-06T16:00:00Z — 50 mins

Life is tough on Singapore’s waterways for wild younglings. Baby otters in the Botanic Gardens learn to swim and hunt while avoiding predators and rare ducklings struggle to survive thunderstorms.

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