Man the killer, man the keeper (D)

Australia, 1977

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Episode number 1 of Series “Edge of the Cold”.
First in a series of four films on the history and wildlife of Macquarie Island, 1,700 km South of Australia. The film shows man’s massive slaughter of the island’s seals and penguins for oil; the return after elimination 150 years ago of the New Zealand fur seal; stills and historical footage of the rape of the island’s resources, and a look at how the wildlife there is now being studied by the Antarctic division of the Australian Department of Science. Narrated by Sir Edmund Hillary. WARNING: CONTAINS SOME DISTURBING SCENES

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Edge of the Cold

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Animals & Wildlife → Animal ecology

Animals & Wildlife → Animal welfare

Animals & Wildlife → Animals and civilization

Animals & Wildlife → Animals, Treatment of

Animals & Wildlife → Wildlife conservation

Animals & Wildlife → Wildlife management

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Macquarie Island (Tas.)

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Archival, Cinemagazines & Newsreels → Archival materials

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Conservation of natural resources

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Environmental education

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural resources - Australia

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Nature - Effects of human beings on

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Wildlife conservation


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

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Educational & Instructional → Educational films

History → History

Places → Macquarie Island (Tas.)

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Short films → Short films - Australia






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