For some time now, Channel 9 has been telling us that there is a spectacular new program about to start - Planet Earth II – presented by none other than David Atten-bro’!
The brief scenes presented to tantalise us seem extraordinarily spectacular, equal to and even better than past visions of wild animals jumping, migrating, hunting and parenting.
I for one could not wait to see the program, and planet Earth, in all its promised glory.
At last it has started but if the first program is any guide I worry that there will be too few native Australian mammals featured, except for the well-known ones like kangaroos, possums, koalas and wombats.
If you are watching the series, look out for such marvelous natural events like a brush-tailed bettong carrying grass in their curled tail as they go about building their nests.
Or a mother quoll hunting with her offspring clinging to her back.
If you see the delightful yellow-tailed rock-wallaby jumping through the Flinders Ranges also look out for the beautiful numbat licking up termites.
Look too for the feather-tail glider that was featured on the old one-cent coin or the honey possum the size of a fifty-cent piece going about pollinating numerous native plants, and the frequently forgotten bandicoots.
If you see any of these it qualifies as an outstanding series.
But will David Attenbro’ tell us that by 2020 two-thirds of the earth’s wild life numbers will be gone?
The state of South Australia has the unenviable distinction of having more mammal extinctions occurring here than anywhere else on earth.
That explains why most of our national parks are devoid of native mammals but home to cats, foxes and rabbits.
Will he remind us that all living things featured are threatened with extinction because of the impact of climate change and the fact we do not live an ecologically sustainable lifestyle?
Much of what you see now might not be around in 50 years.
One way you can take action is to join and donate to the organisation Bush Heritage Australia.
It is worth remembering (if future extinctions are mentioned), that if greenhouse emissions caused erectile dysfunction and prostate problems, climate change would have been dealt with decades ago.