Richard Hammond travels deep into the darkest jungle of the Amazon to realise his dream of a lifetime for Sky 1.
Armed with his camera, Richard will fulfil his childhood ambition to photograph exotic creatures such as the three-toed sloth, pink river dolphins and harpy eagles for Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest.
“Trekking through the Amazon rainforest with a camera to photograph wildlife was a childhood dream. The reality was, I discovered, far, far tougher than I had imagined, but the moments when I saw and caught images of the elusive creatures and fleeting encounters that make the place so special, so unique and yet so fragile were breathtaking and some of the best in my life. I hope viewers will feel they have been there too, in this film; getting a sense of the magic, splendour and wonder of the place as animals and humans live side by side amidst the threats they face – the very things that Sky Rainforest Rescue Campaign works to highlight. And most of all, I hope people enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.” – Richard Hammond
As an eight year-old, Richard received his first Children’s Encyclopaedia of Animals, sparking a passion for wildlife. The creatures of the Amazon captured his imagination and inspired a lifelong interest in photography. Richard will trek through steamy impenetrable jungle, tackle the mighty River Amazon, sleep rough under the forest canopy and be hoisted hundreds of feet to the top of trees, in order to reach the remote places where his target species can be found.
Along the way he encounters some of the extraordinary people who call the rainforest home – people who make up a floating river community and those who live in a traditional tribal village – and discovers how deforestation is pushing many wild animals to the brink of extinction. Among the other species Richard photographs are: white-fronted capuchins, wattled jacana, Brazilian wandering spiders, tapyba ants and scorpions. Also captured on film are macaw, caiman, saki monkeys, camel spiders and turkey vultures.
“This is a different take on a trip to the Amazon Rainforest, it’s a personal travel tale and a much bigger story all in one. It’s about Richard Hammond attempting to photograph wildlife in a challenging environment and an insight into the threat to the habitat of that wildlife. Hammond is an enthusiast of wildlife and photography – a passion he’s bringing to Sky 1.” – Siobhan Mulholland, Commissioning Editor Factual, Sky Entertainment
Two special one-hour episodes will broadcast on Sky 1 HD in September 2015, supported by Sky Rainforest Rescue, Sky’s partnership with WWF.