NATURE

1000 Days for the Planet – Episode 5

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: 5 of 10


 

1000 Days for the Planet – Episode 3

This episode focuses on some of the ocean’s great migrators and relates one of humanity’s most important conservative victories: the recovery of the humpback whale. In the Dominican Republic, scientists are trying to solve the mystery of this species’ migratory routes. But new dangers, such as plastic pollution, now threaten the health of our oceans. A new “garbage patch” was recently discovered in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. And now in the Pacific, albatrosses mistake pieces of plastic for food and feed over five tonnes of it to their chicks every year.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 3 of 10


 

1000 Days for the Planet – Episode 2

This episode reveals the unsustainable exploitation of our oceans by the fishing industry. Aboard a long-liner, the crew of the Sedna IV films the daily lives of these fishers, who catch sharks and other large ocean predators. Today, this industry depends on the lucrative Asian shark fin market, which is threatening shark populations worldwide. Sharks and turtles are among the oldest inhabitants of our oceans. They have overcome countless obstacles over the millennia, but now they are struggling to survive human exploitation of the oceans.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 2 of 10


 

1000 Days for the Planet – Episode 1

Travel to Central America, where many animal species have trouble co-existing with humans, their survival threatened by habitat loss. The recovery of the Blue Iguana in the Cayman Islands and the discovery of new potential habitants for the pygmy three-toed sloth, two critically endangered species, are important victories for scientists. But the poaching of jaguars and sea turtles, and the arrival of invasive exotic species in certain habitats, threaten the fragile balance of Earth’s ecosystems.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 1 of 10


 

Valley of the Wolves

In the northeast corner of Yellowstone, the wolves of the Druid Peak Pack have long held sway, but their power is waning. The Druid alpha male, wolf number 21, and his mate, alpha female number 42, are almost nine years old – two of the oldest wolves ever known in Yellowstone. Maintaining control of the valley always has its challenges. It’s mating season and an outside male wolf approaches often. He’s number 302, known as the ‘Casanova’, and though he appears intent on luring away the young Druid females, what he really wants is to become a Druid.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Mystery Gorilla

Ground breaking gorilla behaviour has sent scientists into a spin. In a primeval swamp, deep in the Congo jungle, the first ever sightings of tool use by wild gorillas instantly smashed their reputation as All Brawn, No Brains. Mystery Gorilla tells the incredible story of Leah, a western lowland female gorilla, whose extraordinary exploits are rewriting the natural history of her species.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Mystery Fish of the Congo

In the heart of Africa, a man-sized predator prowls the waters of the most powerful river on the continent. But, for a team of scientists on a quest to unlock the secrets of the Congo River, this ravenous relative of the Pirhana may hold the key to understanding the true story of one of Africa’s most important ecosystem, the Congo River Basin. To catch it they‘ll embark on a fishing trip straight into the heart of Africa and in the process uncover a bizzare geographic location that scientists are calling a potential hotbed of evolutionary wonders.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Mother Warthog

The Linyanti in Botswana is famous for its big game. For a warthog raising its litter, danger is everywhere – from the lion, leopard and cheetah to the packs of hyena and wild dogs denning in the bush nearby. The warthog mother is more wary than usual. This season she has lost a young one to an aerial hunter, a martial eagle and another in a surprise attack by a python. It is a huge challenge to raise a family under these conditions, but the mother warthog is notorious for her tenacity and determination.Now, water is a priority. Warthogs are able to go months without water, but it has already been a long time. The drought has been fierce this year and they must drink – soon. At this time of year, elephant concentrations are high and a gang of young bull elephants are using bullyboy tactics to control access to the water – chasing off any thirsty animal that dares approach, including the warthogs. Maybe they will get lucky soon and be able to snatch some water whilst the elephants are attacking some other animal or looking the other way.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episodes: 1 of 1


 

Lost Gorillas of Virunga

Six mountain gorillas are found murdered, execution-style, by gunfire, in Virunga National Park. By chance, photojournalist Brent Stirton is there on assignment and he documents the scene. His photographs of the lifeless male silverback and his family are transmitted around the world. And the world responds in disbelief. Only an estimated 700 of these primates remain in the wild and now there are six fewer. In the end, one man will be falsely accused of the crime, one will stand trial and one will hold the park – and the remaining mountain gorillas that live there – hostage. The park rangers are the unsung heroes. Sworn to protect the park, they are a band of men outnumbered and out-armed by violent forces bent on erasing the natural resources that Virunga envelops. Namely, trees. Hardwood is transformed into charcoal, virtually the sole source of fuel for the hundreds of thousands of people who live there. It is a $30 million business that men will kill to protect.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Lion Army

In Kruger National Park there is a hunting force that rivals anything else in Africa – a lion pride, 28 members strong! At the core of the pride is a group of 16 lionesses, all related sisters, mothers and aunts, responsible for all the family’s food. Their pride contains more than three times the regular number of pride lionesses, making it a Megapride. But despite the females’ numbers and hunting prowess, nine adolescent males dominate every kill. Bigger and stronger than their mothers and aunts, they bully their way to the best spots on the carcass. The two main pride males are not around to enforce discipline. Their duty keeps them on the perimeter of their territory, guarding the family against take-over attempts with roaring and scent marking. But a pride split-off intensifies the pressure on the remaining females to provide enough food.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2010

Episode: 1 of 1


 

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