Wildlife

ANIMAL BABIES
Safari Babies

ANIMAL BABIES: Safari Babies

 

Baby animals in three very different wild environments. On the vast savannahs of Africa, youngsters encounter the world’s top predators and face intense competition. Water babies must deal with threatening coasts and powerful currents. And in the mountains, food is scarce and the weather extreme. It’s a steep learning curve for all the babies. But, if they can learn from those around them, they might just overcome the hurdles that stand in their way. With stunning photography and endearing animal stories, this series makes perfect family viewing.

 

 

 

NATURE
Undercover in the Jungle

 

Go undercover with a film crew on a perilous journey to the untouched wilderness of biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest. Meet some of the most incredible creatures, from pygmy marmosets to pumas, as the wild secrets of the jungle are revealed.

 

 

 

MAGICAL LAND OF OZ
Ocean

 

In this episode we see why marine species are drawn to the coasts of Australia and discover that the country’s three surrounding oceans – the Southern Sea, the Pacific and The Indian Ocean create a unique environment for ocean voyagers of all types. In the clean waters of Pearson Island off South Australia Sealions, once a rare sight are now protected from hunting and are thriving. Meanwhile in the shallows of Spencer Gulf, June is the time for a midwinter gathering of spectacularly colourful giant cuttlefish who battle for mates. The cold Southern Ocean also brings humpback whales from Antarctica to give birth and triggers the breath-taking spectacle of thousands of Australian spider crabs, the largest crustaceans in the world, congregating under the piers of Port Philip Bay to moult. It’s a grisly time as the first to reveal their soft shells are cannibalised by their neighbours. Still, there’s safety in numbers as bigger predators, smooth stingrays, sweep over the congregation sucking them from the seabed. A hundred miles up the coast from Sydney, Cabbage Tree Island is home to one of only two breeding colonies of Gould’s petrel in the world. Chicks must find their way across rocky ground, scale the vertical trunks of giant cabbage tree palms and overcome their vicious spines in order to capture the breeze to become airborne. They will spend the next five to six years at sea. Off the west coast the Lacepede Islands are bathed in the warm currents of the Indian Ocean. 18,000 pairs of brown boobies build makeshift nests here whilst further south Shark Bay lives up to its ominous name as tiger sharks sweep in to prey on a whale carcass.

 

 

 

RIVERS OF LIFE:
Mississippi

 

See the many faces of the massive, muddy Mississippi. Its fingers stretch into nearly half of the USA, from the frozen north to the nation’s agricultural heart to mysterious southern swamps where alligators still rule.

 

 

 

RIVERS OF LIFE:
The Amazon

 

The Amazon, the greatest river system on Earth, amasses one-fifth of Earth’s freshwater as it flows east from the Andes to the Atlantic. Boiling streams, crystal clear lagoons, pink river dolphins and a strange new reef are some of its many secret and extreme worlds.

 

 

 

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