David Attenborough has seen just about every known animal in the world. The 93-year-old has spoken at length about the various life forms that inhabit the earth, but there has always been one particular animal that has remained elusive. Not because it’s hard to find, but it is only located in China.
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After over 50 years petitioning the Chinese government to allow cameras into their country, Attenborough and his team were finally granted permission. Consequently, the golden snub-nosed monkey will be making its worldwide television premiere on Sunday on Attenborough’s new show “Seven Worlds, One Planet.”
In a promo for the upcoming episode, Attenborough showed a small excerpt from the show. “It is a wonderful creature. I’ve never seen a film of it before,” he said, speaking about the monkeys. “I always had it in the back of my mind and this lot (his crew) got it. The footage shows the monkeys have snubbed noses to stop them getting frostbitten.”
This new show took a great deal to be created. With over 2,000 hours of footage, the show has plenty of footage to pull from, but the issue is deciding what to include and what to leave out.
“Each of these continents has a different geological issue,” he said. “They have different ways on how life has arrived there and how they survive in isolation. Every one of our shows has one or two sequences that take my breath away and have never been seen before.”
While giving his iconic voice-overs, Attenborough can be heard begging people to acknowledge that we are destroying this planet.
“I would like the audience to appreciate how beautiful these things are. But also how they integrate with others and how we are dependent on them,” he said. “Each continent has its own systems. Our influence is everywhere and we’ve made a tragic, desperate mess of it so far. But at last nations are coming together and recognizing we all live on the same planet.”
Do you plan on checking out the show on Sunday?