NATURE

Last Lioness

A haunting roar echoes across the Liuwa Plain. There is no answer, there hasn’t been for years. She has no pride, no support – she alone must safeguard her own survival. She is Lady Liuwa, the Last Lioness. In the early nineties, a scourge of illegal poaching and trophy-hunting tore through Liuwa Plain. Many species were lost. Liuwa’s lions, once famous for their size and beauty, were reduced to one resilient survivor.

She’s become known as Lady Liuwa, and today she is the only known resident lion on Zambia’s Liuwa Plain. Each day is a new test of survival for her. Hunting alone is difficult and often unsuccessful. Since the lions disappeared, hordes of hyenas have come to dominate the plain, threatening to steal every kill she makes. But her deepest struggle lies within. Lions are the only truly social cats and for an animal hardwired to live in a pride the years of utter isolation must be unnaturally lonely.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Kindom of the Cobra

Deep in the jungles of southern India, a legendary serpent hunts. Camouflaged against the forest floor a king cobra waits in ambush – as a rat snake slithers along a dry riverbed. Suddenly, the king rises from the darkness, spreading its hood and towering four feet above the rat snake. With a single strike, the rat snake will die. King cobras are the largest venomous serpents on earth, growing up to 18 feet or over five metres in length, but almost nothing is known about their life in the wild. They are protected throughout India – but there are still more and more clashes with humans every year. Today the species is in greater jeopardy than ever before. Now, a new scientific expedition is setting out to follow the king into the wild for the first time ever, revealing the truth behind the life of an animal we only think we know – and ensure the kings reign over his kingdom.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Journey to Shark Eden

Twelve scientists embark on a ship that’s more like a floating science lab. Led by charismatic and camera-friendly National Geographic Fellow, Enric Sala, this passionate team of the world’s foremost coral reef biologists are on a mission to investigate the mind-blowing web of life that exists on one of the planet’s last, pristine coral reefs.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Jellyfish Invasion

To the untrained eye, they’re gelatinous blobs, drifting aimlessly on the ocean’s currents. But jellyfish are among the most-feared and least-understood creatures on earth. And their populations are exploding across the world. They lack sharp claws, piercing teeth or even a brain – but they are armed with an amazing arsenal of weapons. For hundreds of millions of years, jellyfish have been evolving, developing into the ultimate survivor. They have permeated every ocean on the globe, thriving in the arctic and the tropics. In an ever-changing world where other species struggle to endure, jellyfish populations are on the rise.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Hunt for the Giant Squid

The giant squid is one of the most mysterious animals on the planet. Attempts to find it and observe it in the wild have more or less failed. Are we missing something obvious? With the help of completely new cameras, and logic driven investigation, researchers think they know where and how to look for them.

Hunt for the Giant Squid reveals a magical underwater world through some of the most startling scenes nature has to offer. Glowing flashes of living organisms from shallow reefs known as bioluminescence, light up the ocean and possibly lead to the realm of the giant squid.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Freaks of the Sea

In the oceans of our planet lurk creatures weirder than our wildest dreams or our scariest nightmares. Multi award-winning underwater cameramen John Boyle and renowned Red Sea specialist John McIntyre have collaborated to produce this wide ranging blue-chip television special, filmed over several years, portraying some of the strangest underwater creatures from every corner of the planet. Among the creatures featured is one of the world’s longest animals, a strange snake-like jellyfish which can grow to well over 40 metres and has deadly stinging cells all along its body – yet it doesn’t even have a brain, the cannibalistic squid, shark that can only walk on the seabed and the supremely ugly frogfish, which strikes quicker than almost any other fish in the sea.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Eden at the End of the World

It is the last great wilderness of its kind. A rare and precious haven for some of earth’s most indestructible creatures. Covering more than a quarter of a million square miles of Chile and Argentina, this wild place is known as Patagonia. At its crown tip, a grand island – Tierra del Fuego – a land as harsh as it is beautiful. Carved by ice and wind, this wild place is a battleground for the elements. It takes a very special animal to survive here. In the course of millions of years only a few species have learned to endure in this realm of endless, punishing winds. And today, those that have face the greatest challenge of their lives.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Crucible of Life

The Celebes Sea – cradled by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia – plunges over 5000 metres into a dark, cold, timeless abyss. Severed from contact with other oceans, life here in the deepest depths of the Celebes Sea comes alive with an explosion of strange, extraordinary creatures.

Thriving far below the depth of sunlight, these bizarre-looking creatures have evolved under conditions unlike anything found on land. For scientists, it is an entirely unexplored hotspot – one of the richest and most diverse on the planet – and it just may hold the secrets of undiscovered life.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Crocodile King

The largest reptile on Earth, the saltwater crocodile, rules the rivers and estuaries of Australia’s Northern Territory. But each year this cunning, ferocious predator is tested by the harsh extremes of nature and by battles for dominance with its own kind. National Geographic takes you deep into the salties’ territory, using high-speed cameras and infrared technology, to reveal the little-known world of these master hunters.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2010

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Big Sur

Carved between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the magic of the ‘Big Sur’ stretches just 90 miles long and 20 miles wide and is flanked on the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains. Just offshore is the largest submarine canyon in North America, where a rich upwelling from the deep nourishes shallow kelp forests.

At the shoreline, rocks are mobbed with many species of seals and sea lions. Two miles inland, coastal redwoods offer sanctuary to cougars, California condors and several unusual and rarely seen creatures. East of the tall trees, Big Sur stretches into meadows and oak woodlands where coyotes and hawks compete with rattlesnakes for small prey. Nowhere else in the world does such a wide variety of extreme habitats exist in such close proximity to one another.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1 of 1


 

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