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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 May, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 May, 2003, 12:00am

Man's Heritage: Saving A Species - Evacuation Penguin

Pearl, 8pm

In June 2000, the MV Treasure, an iron ore ship, sank off the western cape of South Africa. She was carrying 1,460 tonnes of oil, nearly all of which leaked into the ocean. An oil slick measuring one square kilometre engulfed the beaches and fishing grounds of a colony of 20,000 jackass, or African, penguins, and the first badly oiled seabird struggled to the beach hours after the sinking. Evacuation Penguin follows the massive rescue effort that was conducted, with more than 20,000 volunteers helping to remove and clean the stricken birds, which were temporarily housed in an abandoned train yard close to Cape Town.

Science Of Beauty

Pearl, 9.30pm

Scientists from the United States, Europe and Japan unravel the mystery behind perceptions of beauty and the power of attraction. Looks are all-important for everyone, from geishas and beauty queens to politicians and the denizens of Los Angeles who frequent pop-in cosmetic surgeries.

Insects From Hell: Eco Warriors

National Geographic, 8pm

They scuttle, hiss, feed on elephant dung and even each other. These are the eco-warriors, the armoured bugs and beetles that are the waste disposal kings of the natural world. Insect expert Jake Willers (above) introduces us to the dung beetles that were revered by the ancient Egyptians, trogid

beetles that feast on rotting flesh, and the infamous Madagascan hissing cockroach, the inspiration for scores of Hollywood monster movies.