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Title Cassowaries / Director: Keeley, Bianca
Published Australia : ABC, 2011
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Summary William McInnes narrates this first feature documentary on Australia's giant, magnificent and endangered Southern Cassowaries as they struggle to survive when a once-in-50-year cyclone destroys their rainforest homes.A cassowary looks like a living dinosaur; walks its territory and cannot fly and talks using sonorous sounds, mostly outside the range of human hearing. Plus, traditional gender roles are reversed, so that the male becomes a single parent for 9 - 12 months to chicks - some that may not be his own."It looks like something from Jurassic Park," remarks Maurice van Sabben, president of National Geographic Television International.Filmmaker Bianca Keeley takes us on an action-packed journey deep into the Australian rainforest to reveal intimate and compelling moments in the life of a cassowary family. From mating season, to walking with a father and his chicks in the forest, to following a team that is saving cassowaries from the dangers of suburbia, this is a fascinating documentary.Relocating to a sanctuary a cassowary which has powerful claws that can 'unzip' a person - according to QLD Parks and Wildlife biologist, Scott Sullivan - makes for dangerous work. But even when these precious creatures are returned to the wild, scientists predict more severe cyclones due to climate change. Will there be enough rainforest left for these already isolated and endangered birds?PRODUCTION DETAILS:Producer: Bianca Keeley; Directors: Bianca Keeley and David Wright; Principal Photography: David Wright; Narrator: William McInnes. Produced by BK Films in association with ABC, BBC and ZDF Enterprises
Event Broadcast 2011-03-30 at 23:30:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Birds -- Behavior.
Birds -- Diseases.
Birds -- Food.
Birds -- Reproduction.
Cassowaries.
Cyclones -- Environmental aspects.
Queensland.
Form Streaming video
Author Conckle, Julia, contributor
Keeley, Bianca, director
McInnes, William, cast
Westcott, David, contributor
Wright, David, director