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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


 

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


 

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