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Surviving the urban jungle

MANILA, Philippines - On its final episode, BBC’s Human Planet takes a look at the one environment that’s been made by us, for us — the city.

Over half of the world’s population now lives in the urban jungle. The city is built to keep untamed nature out — but nature can’t be pushed away. From bed bugs sucking our blood at night to rats in our restaurants, many animals have adapted to a life with us. But not all urban animals are seen as pests.

In the ancient city of Fez in Morocco, the leather tanneries depend for their business on wild pigeon droppings. Even futuristic Dubai would falter without falcons. In the suburbs of Jaipur, a Bishnoi woman breastfeeds an orphaned fawn.

People are starting to realize that nature is key to our continued survival.

Narrated in Filipino by Kara David (photo), Human Planet: Cities – Surviving the Urban Jungle airs tonight and tomorrow after Saksi on GMA 7.

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