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Episode 2 – Savannah

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To survive in east Africa, creatures must deal with unpredictable twists and turns – wet turning to dry, famine to feast, cold to hot.

From dense forests, to snow-capped peaks, steamy swamps to endless savannah, this unique and varied land is a haven for life – it supports a higher density of large mammals than anywhere else on Earth.

But there's also a huge cast of other characters, like the lizards who steal flies from the faces of lions, vast dinosaur-like birds who stalk catfish through huge wetlands, and elephants who battle for three days for the right to father the next generation.

East Africa can be a cruel and unforgiving place – when the stakes are high you must be prepared to take risks and, if necessary, gamble with your life.

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