Michaela’s Wild Challenge

Sunday 21 January: 11.35–12.05
Michaela Strachan and her Wild Challenge teammates Ellie Harrison and Jamie Crawford undertake more wildlife-related dares in some of the most remote regions on the planet. Pushed to their physical and mental limits, the three interact with wildlife in ways never seen before.

In this programme Michaela heads to South Africa in search of a monkey movie maker – and while the spider monkeys show a certain amount of interest in the job, it’s squirrel monkeys that finally get to grips with the camera work.

Meanwhile, Ellie is in New Zealand at the North Island’s Waitomo caves, where she is trying to read poetry by the light of a million glow worms. Jamie also finds himself in a cave, but he’s closer to home in the north of England, slithering and squeezing through tiny cracks deep underground on a search for a sleeping bat.

Sunday January 14th, 2007: 11.35–12.05 on five

Michaela Strachan and her Wild Challenge teammates Ellie Harrison and Jamie Crawford undertake more wildlife-related dares in some of the most remote regions on the planet. Pushed to their physical and mental limits, the three interact with wildlife in ways never seen before.

Michaela's Wild Challenge This week, Michaela takes a risky dip in Africa, Jamie shares his lunch in Central America, and Ellie takes a trip with a sting its tail in the Antipodes. Heading to South Africa, Michaela must get acquainted with the country’s most dangerous animal, the hippopotamus. Hippos have been known to kill lions and crocodiles and are responsible for more human deaths than any other African animal, so Michaela must be very careful as she swims with a baby of the species. Jamie travels to the rainforests of Costa Rica where he hopes to find the strange-looking tapir. The tapir – a solitary animal that looks like a cross between an elephant, a rhinoceros, a pig and a horse – uses its short, highly mobile proboscis to pluck leaves and shovel them into its mouth. Jamie will need all his wildlife savvy as he attempts to feed a banana to one of these rare animals.

Ellie, meanwhile, heads to the New Zealand coast, where she is challenged to stroke the tail of the worryingly named scorpion fish.

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