Over the last three centuries, more than 400 known animal species and an unknown number of plant species have become extinct. Scientists predict that by the year 2000, if the current abuse of the planet continues, more than 100 species of fauna and flora will disappear every day. But the conservation of these species is inextricably linked, claims Philip Cayford, with the survival of the human race. From the plains of South Dakota with their protected buffalo herds to the snake stalls of Taiwan’s markets, he travels the globe filming rare and endangered animals, interviewing well-known conservationists, and going undercover to observe illegal wildlife traffickers. With a stirring soundtrack produced by Michael Kamen and featuring top Western musicians, his film is a powerful plea to conserve the planet’s biodiversity.
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