Killer Crocs With Steve Backshall | Preview (Channel 5)
In this two-part documentary, Steve Backshall is getting up close and personal with one of nature’s most fearsome predators: crocodiles! He is going to immerse himself in their world to show us what makes them so deadly.
Steve is headed for the waterways of South Africa’s Ndumo Game Reserve, home to the third largest population of Nile crocodiles. With over 1000 crocodile attacks a year these really are Killer Crocs and Steve is going to find out what really makes them tick.
Entering wild crocodile infested territory escorted by an armed safari guide he crawls close to the crocs kill zone so he can show us these incredible creatures in the wild. The added threat of a charge from a Hippo or buffalo keep the team on their toes.
In an adrenaline-fueled encounter Steve gets closer than even he would have imagined when he helps capture and re-home a number of huge problem crocs. Some of the crocs are man-eaters so It’s not for the faint hearted, but allows Steve unprecedented hands-on access to show us just what makes crocs such ultimate predators.
With the aid of a thermal device Steve sees first-hand how the crocodiles use the sun to warm up and are able to regulate their temperature by a technique known as “gaping”.
When filming from the air with the camera drone the team accidentally stumble across poachers illegally fishing. They are able to alert the rangers who swing into action, highlighting the threat the crocodiles and the other wildlife in the area are under.
Steve learns from a crocodile scientist in the field that we are learning more and more about crocodiles and their social behavior, and they are not the simple, cold bloodied killers they’re so often perceived to be.
An exhilarating and at the same time charming nighttime excursion sees Steve capture a yearling croc: a fully formed miniature of the huge, ultimate predator it will one day become…
Begins Monday 19th February at 9pm on Channel 5.