NATURE

The Last Dogs of Winter

A story about wildlife, and one wild life. The Canadian Eskimo Dog which was once indispensable to human life in the arctic today faces extinction. Since 1976 Brain Ladoon has stuck to a promise to maintain a viable breeding colony battling chronic underfunding, wandering polar bears, officialdom and a harsh natural environment to keep his word.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2011

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Penguin Island, Western Australia

Just off the coast of Western Australia is an amazing island, Penguin Island. This small limestone island is home to an incredible diversity of natural wildlife. From the smallest species of penguin in the world, to the largest species of pelican, this is truly a unique environment. These varied creatures have chosen to make it nature’s nursery, claiming it as ideal place to raise their young. But what attracts such a diversity of natural wildlife to this picturesque environment and will they survive in this fragile ecosystem?


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 1 of 1


 

1000 Days for the Planet 2 – Episode 7

The Galapagos Archipelago is a model of conservation in the Pacific Ocean. Its remarkable diversity of marine species is explained by the upwelling of cold ocean currents. But an increasingly common climatic anomaly occuring far out to sea is killing life. It’s El Niño. Scientists believe that climate change could cause the frequency and severity of this climatic phenomenon to double threatening native species that are unique in the world. In French Polynesia, biologists are studying corals and working to predict the impact of climate change on the future of our oceans and on global food security.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 7 of 7


 

1000 Days for the Planet 2 – Episode 6

The Indonesian island of Sumatra is home to one of the most critically endangered animals on the planet: the Sumatran elephant. But the wholesale destruction of tropical forests has wiped out their natural habitat. Even National Parks, created to protect the few remaining elephants, tigers, and orangutans, are overrun with poachers. In a move to prevent their extinction, the World Wildlife Fund created a team of forest rangers who patrol on elephant back to intervene in conflicts between wild elephants and humans: conflicts that often end in death for one of the last remaining Sumatran elephants.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 6 of 7


 

1000 Days for the Planet 2 – Episode 5

On the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, an iconic species is barely hanging on. Orangutans are considered critically endangered. The massive wave of deforestation for oil palm production shows no sign of slowing down. Theoretically protected, the island’s precious peatlands are being chewed up. Whole forests are set on fire killing every living thing in this paradise of biodiversity. But scientists have mobilized to save the remaining orangutans. In the heart of the tropical forest they do what they can to halt the carnage and rehabilitate the last few survivors of a uneven fight against a corrupt and merciless authority.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 5 of 7


 

1000 Days for the Planet 2 – Episode 3

The village of Lamalera in Indonesia is one of the last places on earth where whaling is allowed. For over 600 years, villagers have hunted whales and dolphins. It is subsistence hunting, authorized by the international community because it has always been done in the traditional manner in rowboats. But in recent years the outboard motor has altered their hunting methods and dramatically increased the pressure on threatened marine species. How far are we prepared to tolerate hunting endangered species in the name of tradition? A challenging and disturbing adventure that poses difficult questions.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 3 of 7


 

1000 Days for the Planet 2 – Episode 2

The island of Komodo in Indonesia looks like a lost paradise. But watch your step! A strange animal that can dispatch a goat or a person in two seconds flat is the dominant predator: the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on earth. Incredibly, they live in close proximity to the islanders who subscribe to an ancient legend that says the dragons share family ties with people and are, in fact, members of the community. The crew of Sedna IV shares daily life with these islanders who have learned to live with one of the fiercest predators on the planet— one that has already claimed its share of victims.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 2 of 7


 

1000 Days for the Planet 2 – Episode 1

Far off in the South Pacific is a tiny island: Anuta. It may be the most remote inhabited island on the planet. To survive, islanders have had to make careful use of any and every resource in their environment. The crew of Sedna IV is offered the rare privilege of sharing the daily lives of this unique community, welcomed into the heart of ancestral traditions and rituals that exist nowhere else on earth. This exceptional encounter of two groups with vastly different ways of being and points of view creates a bond of friendship, unshakeable and profound. It is an historic encounter, astonishing and deeply moving that makes a lasting impression on the heart of the adventurers. And it is powerful demonstration of what is possible for the future of the planet.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1 of 7


 

1000 Days for the Planet – Episode 10

Turtles are among the most ancient inhabitants of the oceans. For millennia, various species of turtle have returned to beaches to lay their eggs. But an age-old family tradition is starting to jeopardize the future of Costa Rica’s turtles. For years, families have divided up the beaches and harvested the precious eggs for their personal consumption. Protective measure and public education have led to an important change in mentality, but stubborn poachers continue to pillage turtle nests and sell the eggs on the black market. Despite the efforts of scientists and volunteers to protect the beaches, the turtles’ future remains uncertain. And they play hardball on the beaches of Costa Rica. The War between environmentalists and heavily armed poachers is starting to produce its share of victims.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 10 of 10


 

1000 Days for the Planet – Episode 8

Hidden among the forests of Central America is one of the most spectacular felines on the planet: the jaguar. In a private reserve in Costa Rica, scientists use photo-identification to study the big cats’ movements. However, this species needs huge territories in order to breed, and the conversion of forest into farmland has fragmented these territories and is beginning to compromise the jaguar’s future. But an even greater threat to the remaining survivors is poaching. Illegal hunters have entered the reserve and even boasted of their carnage on the Internet. The forests of Central America are also grappling with the invasion of a microscopic fungus that can kill all amphibians in its path in just a few months. Powerless in the face of the unprecedented scope of this plague, scientists have no choice but to remove the last surviving frogs from the wild and keep them in captivity in sterile containers.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 8 of 10


 

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