South Africa is home to some of the world’s biggest national parks and game reserves, with a diverse range of animals, some of which are critically endangered. This new series follows the highs and lows of the vets and volunteers who have given up their day jobs in the UK and made the decision to move to South Africa to rescue, rehabilitate and release some of the world’s most iconic species of animals. Work on the Wild Side captures South Africa’s vibrancy and colour, while shining a light on the critical conservation issues affecting the most vulnerable of species. In this first episode of the series, we meet Will and Rachael who volunteer at the world’s largest sanctuary for orphaned rhinos. Cornish vet Emily attempts a life-threatening giraffe relocation, while three warthogs run Emma ragged. And on the Western Cape, marine biologist Alison finds a new way of dealing with plastic pollution.
Work on the Wild Side – Monday at 4.00pm on Channel Four.