By Sarah L'Estrange
Wildlife documentaries are a staple of television programming. One of the primary ways we in industrial societies like Australia learn about nature is from these documentaries. They often feature pristine wilderness with close-ups of magnificent creatures. But is the world in wildlife films a fiction?
Scientists say we’re currently witnessing the sixth extinction, with many animals endangered, from mammals to amphibians. In fact, this year is the 100th anniversary since the ubiquitous passenger pigeon became extinct.
Do wildlife films have a responsibility to show the wonders of the natural world but also habitat destruction, effects of invasive species and destruction caused by hunting and poaching?
Are our eyes wide shut? Photos.