PBS in the United States and the BBC in the United Kingdom, team up for ISLANDS OF WONDER, a weekly exploration of three isolated island environments, including Hawaiʻi and Borneo, that harbor wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. In the premiere episode, we’ll visit Madagascar, Earth’s oldest island, which has been isolated longer than any other place in the world. Life here has had time to evolve in strange and unusual ways, resulting in more unique wildlife than possibly any other island on the planet.
PBS in the United States and the BBC in the United Kingdom, team up for ISLANDS OF WONDER, a weekly exploration of three isolated island environments, Madagscar, Hawaiʻi and Borneo, that harbor wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. In this episode we visit Borneo, the third largest island on Earth, may seem like a paradise but its harsh landscape proves a struggle to survive. These challenges allow the island to host a greater diversity of life than almost any other island.
ISLANDS OF WONDER concludes its three-parter with an outsider’s look at the most remote island chain on Earth, our own Hawaiʻi home. The program shows the Islands as a sanctuary for wildlife that reaches these tropical shores. Learn how these animals, including invasive species, have developed and adapted to survive in their surroundings.
Scientists investigate the bizarre “intelligence” of slime molds, organisms which are neither plant nor animal. These single-celled blobs appear to learn and make decisions without a brain and can navigate mazes and create efficient networks. Can they also redefine cognition?