Sean Lee-Davies, artist, activist, TV personality sets off on his most dangerous project yet in his latest TV series “Adventures To The Edge 2”.
Lee-Davies is on a mission to raise awareness and sound the alarm in Hong Kong and across Asia about the environmental crisis facing the world. With the planet losing half its wildlife in the last 40 years and the real possibility that all ocean life will become extinct by 2048, there is no time to lose. The time for change is now.
Over the course of the six part series, Lee-Davies travels to some of the wildest places in Asia to get up close and personal with several endangered species on earth, including orangutans, whales and big cats. “Adventures To The Edge 2” is an entertaining, provocative and exciting look at one man’s journey around the globe to see and photograph some of the planet’s most beautiful—and at risk—species and natural attractions.
Lee-Davies returns to the waters of his native Hong Kong to learn more about the threats posed to the local population of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. Their numbers are declining as climate change, water pollution and the large-scale engineering works in the Pearl River delta all contribute to the destruction of the dolphins’ habitat. But Hong Kong’s fabled pink cetaceans are not the only population of dolphins under threat, as Lee-Davies finds out when he visits Sri Lanka and discovers a related population of humpbacks on the brink of extinction.
Embarking on his biggest adventure to date, Lee-Davies travels to the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka to free dive with the largest living organism on the planet, the blue whale. Despite restrictions on hunting, blue whales remain on the IUCN’s endangered list. Whales are highly susceptible to sonar and ocean pollution, and are now falling victim to ship strikes as increases in global maritime trade puts the giants of the deep on a collision course with merchant shipping. Blue whales are also at risk due to climate change: as the oceans warm, stocks of krill, the main food source of the whales, are being depleted. Find out if Lee-Davies can get close enough to these leviathans of the deep.
Lee-Davies travels to the Leuser ecosystem, one of the last untouched wildernesses on the planet and the only place where tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans co- exist. This pristine biodiversity hotspot is under threat from illegal logging and the palm oil industry. Two thirds of Indonesia’s rainforests have been burnt down to make way for this ‘liquid gold’, which is found in up to 50% of supermarket pre packaged goods. Lee-Davies investigates how we can stop the destruction of the last rainforests and also protect their endearing residents – the orangutans – who are not critically endangered and face extinction if the world doesn’t act.
Lee-Davies hits the safari trail in Africa and in Asia. In Kenya, he documents how the fastest land animal on the planet, the cheetah, could also be racing to extinction as its habitat loss and human wildlife conflict takes its toll on this beautiful but fragile big cat. He then visits Sri Lanka to find the elusive cousin of the cheetah, the Sri Lankan leopard. Classified as endangered by IUCN, the population is believed to be declining due to numerous threats, including poaching for the illegal wildlife trade and human-leopard conflicts. No sub-population of the Sri Lankan leopard is larger than 250 individuals. Lee-Davies will meet conservationists from the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT), the main organisation helping to protect the leopard in Sri Lanka and see if he can photograph the stealthiest cat of them all in the wild.
Amongst the azure blue waters of the Solomon Islands are the Arnavon Islands, where a special conservation scheme is being run to protect the nesting sites of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle. Lee-Davies accompanies wildlife rangers as they patrol the islands for the arrival of female turtles looking to lay their eggs on the beaches. Lee-Davies assists the conservation effort by helping to catch and tag juvenile turtles in the wild, before documenting one of the most magical events of the natural world, the hatching of baby turtles!
The Solomon Islands lies in the heart of the Coral Triangle in the western Pacific, dubbed the Amazon of the underwater world. And yet whole islands within the archipelago are disappearing due to rising sea levels as a result of global warming, causing entire villages to abandon the lands they have lived on for generations. Lee-Davies dives deep under water to see for himself how rising sea temperatures and the increasing acidification of the oceans are affecting coral reefs, which in turn threatens the very existence of the dazzling variety of marine life on show in the waters here.
Artist, activist, TV personality and producer Sean Lee-Davies is on a mission to sound the planet’s alarm across Asia. He and his team want to raise awareness on the world’s ongoing environmental crisis. With the planet having lost over half of its wildlife in the last 40 years and the real possibility that all ocean life will become extinct by 2048, there is no time to lose. Change has to happen now.
Over the course of the six part series, Lee-Davies travels to some of the wildest places in Africa and Asia to get up close and personal with several of the most endangered species on earth, including Northern White Rhinos, Black Rhinos, Elephants, “Big Cats” and Whale Sharks. As the series transports viewers from Africa to the Philippines and parts in between, the photographs that Lee-Davies has risked life and limb for will form the basis for an Asian-wide travelling exhibition and accompanying book. Ultimately, the awareness and funds generated by these multi-media projects will raise much needed funds for charities trying to protect these animals and ecosystems from poaching, over-fishing, habitat loss, and possible mass extinction.
Sean and his friends begin their ascent up the highest mountain in Africa – the majestic yet perilous Kilimanjaro. As the eight-day, 6,000-metre climb takes its toll on the team, they struggle to push forward to finish their goal, uncovering the effects of climate change along the way.
Sean learns just how complex and engaging African elephants are as he tries to capture them on film in Zimbabwe and Kenya. In the process, he learns about their current plight as one “big tusker” is poached every 15 minutes. Via insightful interviews with leading lights in the world of conservation, from the Big Life Foundation, Amboseli Trust for Elephants and other concerned NGOs, Sean uncovers why elephant tusks are ending up in ivory shops across Asia and looks at a potential positive future for these majestic and elegant animals.
As thousands of elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory tusks, many more traumatized orphans are left to fend for themselves every year. Here, Sean explores the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which has raised more than 150 orphans and rehabilitated them back into the wild. Starting at the Trust’s headquarters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi and travelling on to the wilder grounds at Ithumba, Sean mingles with the lovable orphans and explores their journey through rehabilitation and back into the wild. In the process of making new lifelong elephant friends, hopeful possibilities are uncovered via expert interviews, including a private audience with world-renowned orphanage founder Dame Daphne Sheldrick.
With a growing Asian thirst for rhino horn, Sean travels to several well known conservancies in Kenya to find out all about the rhinoceros. At venues like Lewa and Ol Jogi, he sees endangered black rhinos in the wild and being intimately cared for by 24-hour keepers. During a moving stop at Ol Pejeta, Lee-Davies gets up-close and personal with the last three Northern White Rhinos on the planet. When he’s not meeting with key conservation figures, capturing breathtaking pictures of this iconic species or talking to a reformed poacher, Sean ends up running for his life when he pretends to be a poacher hiding from guards and their well-trained hunting dogs.
Imagine a planet without big cats like lions and cheetahs. Sound impossible? Due to human-wildlife conflict in Africa and trophy hunting, their decrease in numbers is happening faster than many people could have imagined. In between stalking lion prides across the plains and photographing cheetahs within purring distance, Sean uncovers a new link between the traditional ways of Kenya’s Maasai Mara warriors and the revolutionary new method through which a species may be saved.
Sean embarks on his biggest photographic challenge yet as he attempts to take breathtaking shots of Whale Sharks underwater in the Philippines. Today, 70 million sharks are killed a year due to a barbaric process known as shark finning. In this episode, Sean talks to experts about why the practice is so prevalent—especially in Asia—and what needs to happen in order for sharks (and other marine life) to thrive in the future. That is, when he’s not trying to come to grips with the one of the largest marines species in the ocean.
Project C:CHANGE is a social enterprise and media platform founded by Sean Lee-Davies, dedicated to generating awareness in China and Asia about global environmental degradation, climate change and conservation through the power of celebrity.
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