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Afterlife: Hippo

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AFTERLIFE: HIPPO is the most comprehensive illustration to date of nature's food chain in action. This programme shows the events of a fortnight as an entire ecological system including predators, scavengers, birds and insects consume the enormous carcass of an adult hippo. The hippo has been in sight of the notoriously vicious honey badger, leopards, lions, Nile crocodiles, hyenas, wild dogs, baboons, monitor lizards and marabou storks. With the potential for fierce showdowns between rivals for these vital calories, presenter Mark Evans explains the unique behaviours of the animals at the death site.