Bites at Animal Planet

20 Sep

'The Hunger: Death Race' Highlights Ancient Hunting Practices of the San People


Tune in to The Hunger: Death Race, premiering
Sunday, Sept. 23, @ 10 PM e/p.

Guy Grieve, a modern day hunter-gatherer, takes us to the Kalahari desert and into the lives of the San, one of the oldest groups of people inhabiting southern Africa. Grieve explores survival and hunting techniques of the San, skills refined over centuries by these people descended from Early Stone Age ancestors.


The San have no agricultural practice nor do they domesticate animals - however, they are highly skilled hunters and trackers.  Grieve seeks to learn more about the legendary "Death Race," a technique where a lone hunter chases an animal for many arduous miles in the hot desert sun, until either animal or man collapses to their death.

Historically hunting across the entire Kalahari, the San now inhabit and hunt less than 1% of the desert, having lost much land to international borders, wildlife reserves and game farms.  They are the last of the planet's greatest human hunters.
Grieve visits Nhoma, home to an extended San family of about 40 people.  Meet the four lead hunters who keep this community alive: 
Josef, "The sharpest tracker in the Kalahari" - 

Farni, "Nhoma's top marksman" - 

Jonas, "Local hard man" - 

Tuca, a "Walking Wikipedia" - 


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