Working with Sir David and the BBC Earth crew
Working and helping the BBC Earth crew the Dynasties Painted Wolf series was one of the most exciting projects they have ever worked on. With over 850 days of filming across 4 years, the crew became firm friends with each other – and the dogs! The painted wolves got to recognise the crew and were completely relaxed, which allowed unique insight into their behaviours and lives.
One of the main tasks for Nick, and his head guide, Henry was to keep track of the painted wolves as it is a huge area that they cover. One of the most stressful times that Nick can recall is when he had to help find the den of the Vundu Pack in time for the BBC crew to return to film them…and he did it, with only 3 days to spare! As Nick has spent so long tracking the painted wolves that he knows the exact routes the wild dogs travel in the wet season to get around, and Nick showed the BBC crew how to navigate through tough terrains and mazes of streams and rivulets, to pop out next to the pack.
Another of Bushlife Safaris guide’s Henry Bandure, was phenomenal. Henry is able to look at a paw print in the sand, and tell how long ago the pack had passed by how much sand had blown into the print or by what type of tiny insect had walked through the print after it had been made. Henry could even tell which pack it was by the smell of its dung – he could do that while driving along in the car! That particular skill allowed the BBC crew to find a pack that had been lost overnight, and to get into position just in time to film one of the key moments in the whole story.