Tonight at 10 p.m. ET, Discovery’s Africa concludes with what is arguably the most fascinating hour — the making of. Cameras are turned on the crew as they hunt, capture, and react to memorable shots, including a gathering of elusive black rhino (pictured), the death of an elephant calf in the drought-stricken Amboseli National Park, and great whites feeding on a whale carcass according to size. We see a team that spent weeks in the forest searching for a teenage chimpanzee who uses four tools to steal honey, a duo that goes a little mad trying to calculate how fast silver ants move in the Sahara, and a cameraman who was left in complete darkness after a forest elephant chewed through a power cable and spent four hours trying to knock him loose from the tree in which he positioned himself overnight. Watch two sneak peeks below.
There, are, however other great stories you won’t hear, which Mike Gunton, Creative Director of the BBC Natural History Unit, shared with EW. For instance, there was that night that director Felicity Egerton phoned to say, “Hi, Mike, I’ve been arrested” after she and another camouflage-adorned crew member were mistaken for rebels in Sierra Leone. “They had all their permissions, but they got arrested by the local police, and they were pretty scared. It was tense for a while, but it all worked out very nicely. They were able to show they were wildlife cameramen, and in the end, I think the police commissioner was fascinated by it all, and they had a photograph taken of him and Felicity together, and he’s got it on his wall.” READ FULL STORY