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Citizen Cane Toad  (2002)

A very undesirable alien

An extraordinary glimpse into the havoc an introduced species can have on an established ecosystem, Citizen Cane Toad offers an intriguing insight into the effect this poisonous amphibian is having on Australia’s native species. With Mark Lewis’ famous 1988 film, Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, having brought the problems to light, this production now follows the cane toads' progression in the 21st Century.

Spreading over the antipodean isle at an alarming rate, entertaining footage examines the sheer range of the cane toad, contrasting those who quench their thirst in the wild to others that feast from dogs' bowls. The production emphasises how from residing in farmers’ fields to making their homes in surburban ornamental ponds, these creatures have now overtaken all aspects of Australia’s habitat.

Investigating the problems involved in ridding a country of a highly resilient creature that eats anything and has no natural predators, Citizen Cane Toad is an absorbing and informative look at an ongoing conservation battle.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Director: Mary Summerill
Dubbing Editor: Ian Bown
Dubbing Mixer: Graham Wild
Editor: Steve White
Music Composer: Alexandre Stoloff
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Mark Payne-Gill
Producer: Emma Rigney
Production Co-ordinator: Karen Le Huray
Production Manager: Lynn Barry
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Production Organisation: Animal Planet
Scientific Advisor: Martin Cohen
Series Editor: Sara Ford
Writer: Mary Summerill
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