city slickers

This is the story of African penguins and tourists competing for suburban habitat, sharing beaches, streets, and sometimes even bedrooms in Boulders beach resort on South Africa's Cape.

programme information


1 x 60'

Production Company

A Pelican Pictures & Off the Fence Production






Festival de L’Oiseau 2003, France, Le Grand Prix International Wildlife Film Festival 2003, Best of Children Category, People’s Choice Award, Finalist

Episode Information

Boulders is a popular beach resort on South Africa’s Cape where penguins and people are competing for suburban habitat. Nesting space is short on the beach, so enterprising penguins move into town – trespassing in hotels, private pools, hothouses, the golf course. Life’s challenges can be tough – the hot African sun, egg thieving gulls and mongooses, crowded living quarters, and devastating winter storms. But their toughest challenge is human. Their invasion has brought laughter, fun – and conflict.

But in mid-winter, a massive oil spill poses a serious threat the future of the species. Forgetting former differences, humans mount history’s biggest seabird rescue. It’s an emotionally-charged moment when 45,000 African penguins are snatched from death’s door.

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