A small group of Wildlife Officers in Western Australia patrol the largest wildlife beat in the world, an area more than a quarter the size of the USA. From the icy southern mountain ranges, across dry expansive deserts in the interior, to the wet tropics of the north, this vast state provides habitat for many animals found nowhere else on earth and is home to half of Australia’s endangered species.
This observational style series, filmed off the shoulder and on the run, combines science, natural history and action-packed reality with a strong story narrative. The film crew were granted unrestricted access to follow the drama, action and major scientific discoveries of this frontline force as they fight to save Australia’s unique wildlife.
The Wildlife team is an eclectic mix of strong characters, sometimes with conflicting ideas but are all united for one cause – to do whatever it takes to save wildlife.
In Perth’s sprawling suburbs a large male kangaroo is trapped in a dam up to its neck in water. Wildlife Officer Matt Swann will have to come up with an inventive rescue strategy to save the animal. In the isolated interior Conservation Officer Sean Walsh fights an out of control bush fire, threatening to incinerate native animals that can’t outrun it.