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Title Scope: Apex Predators
Published Australia : TEN, 2011
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Summary Crocs, sharks, lions and dinosaurs; they're at the top of their food chain and they all feature in this top episode of Scope, all about apex predators! Join us as we find out how they flesh out a realistic looking dinosaur, catch up on some cool shark facts and see what it takes to condition lions. APEX PREDATORS 101When you think of Apex Predators you think of big teeth, sharp claws and fearsome growls! But what exactly makes an animal an apex predator? Dr Rob breaks down the facts and lets us know exactly why apex predators are important to our ecosystem.SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: CROCSYou know to stay away from all of them when swimming, but how do you spot the difference between a saltwater and freshwater crocodile? Join junior scientist Bella at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as she works out which croc is which.DINOSAURIn its day, the Tyrannosaurus Rex (or T-Rex) was one ferocious apex predator! Dr Tim Holland from Museum Victoria is a Palaeontologist who studies the fossils of these incredible animals. He explains how he knows how big they were, how fast they could run and even how they would hunt! BIRDS OF PREYWhen you think of apex predators, birds might not come to mind, but some birds including eagles, hawks and owls are at the top of their food chain. Norm Holland from Healesville Sanctuary shows us some of these spectacular birds of prey and explains how they use their amazing eyesight, hearing and ability to fly to find and eat their prey. SHARKSSharks are pretty scary animals, but they are also essential for our ecosystem. Dr Charlie Huveneers, a Shark Ecologist from SARDI, gives us all the facts on how these animals hunt their prey, and shares with us some pretty cool technology which is helping to track these apex predators. LION CONDITIONIGCan you imagine getting a lion to open its mouth, lie down or roar? Well that's exactly what Keeper Noel Heafield from Werribee Open Range Zoo does on a daily basis. Through positive reinforcement he conditions the lions to perform certain behaviours to help monitor their health and keep their minds active. So be at the ready as Dr Rob tackles this ferocious episode and once again proves that the ordinary really does become extraordinary, under the SCOPE!
Event Broadcast 2011-08-06 at 09:00:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Crocodiles.
Dinosaurs -- Study and teaching.
Owls -- Behavior.
Top predators.
Form Streaming video
Author Bell, Rob, host