South African wildlife conservation series set to appear on Netflix

Posted on 1 November 2022 By Olerato Ramafsi

Shamwari Untamed is described as an insider’s perspective about a wildlife team restoring a vanishing way of life.

South African wildlife conservation series set to appear on Netflix

Picture: Screenshot from trailer

Unwell leopards, orphaned rhino calves, clever hippos and reluctant giraffes are some of the things the Shamwari conservation team deals with on a daily basis, all of which can now be seen in a 13-part Netflix series.

The series provides an intensive behind-the-scenes look at what’s involved in managing a 250-square-kilometre private game reserve. From ensuring sufficient vegetation for the herbivores to maintaining a balance between predator and prey. 

It also explores tough and often life-endangering considerations the team has to make when intervening in dangerous situations.

Told largely from the perspective of wildlife vet Johan Joubert and ecologist John O’Brien, the series touches on nearly every aspect of managing the reserve. This includes the work done at its Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where sick, injured and orphaned animals are patiently and painstakingly nursed back to health before being released back into the wild, to the vital role of the anti-poaching unit and the difficult and often dangerous work of the wildlife capture teams.

There’s plenty of action for viewers including mass game captures, with chase scenes involving helicopters and vehicles, some of which go like clockwork and others where the wild animals turn the tables on the capture teams.

‘Although Shamwari Untamed was filmed a while ago, the timing of its international debut on Netflix is apposite as it coincides with our 30th anniversary,’ says Joe Cloete, Shamwari CEO.

‘It is the most accurate, insightful and authentic depiction of the incredible work the conservation team does and now that it’s on Netflix people around the world with an interest in conservation will be able to see what goes into making a project such as Shamwari succeed.’

Watch the trailer below:

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