The Philippines are a breeding ground for many rare, beautiful and bizarre animals. The mysterious Bearcat looks like a cross between a bear and a cat as is agile in the trees as a monkey. The Philippines is home to one of the worlds most spectacular cave systems, a subterranean world crowded with bats and mysterious insects. On the island of Bohol, swamp-like mangroves are raided by gangs of macaques with a taste for crabs. The Tarsier comes out to hunt at night an animal so small it fits in the palm of a human hand, but has the largest eyes relative to body size in the animal kingdom. (From the Netherlands, in English) (Documentary) (Rpt) G CC
Caribbean - The Wild Side Of Paradise - Discover the secret wildlife of the Caribbean, which is made up of over 7,000 islands and reefs lying within the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. From giant leatherback turtles who visit Trinidads beaches to lay their eggs and the ocean species which cant be found anywhere else in the world, to the giant humpback whales who travel thousands of kilometres to raise their young in the Caribbeans warm and calm waters. But as summer approaches, these sun- drenched islands become an altogether darker place as they lay in the firing line of some of the most ferocious storms on earth. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Part 3 of 5) (Rpt) G CC
Vancouver Island - Hugging the west coast of Canada, Vancouver Island is abundant in glaciers, tall waterfalls, and an endless network of rivers and creeks, making it the perfect habitat for Pacific salmon. Its thought that the salmon in Vancouver Islands streams feed more forms of life than any other creature on the planet, including black bears, bald eagles and killer whales. (Part 3 of 5) (From the Netherlands, in English) (Documentary) (Rpt) G CC
Wildest Islands is a celebration of the world's most spectacular islands, and the wildlife who call these jewels home. Thousands of kilometres from the nearest ocean, the 1000 islands of the Amazon are flooded for six months of the year and are home to some of the most unusual creatures. This submerged world is like no other - where the forest floor becomes the riverbed, fish feed from the treetops, and canopy dwellers are stalked by creatures that lurk beneath.
Japan's 7000 islands cover an incredible range of extreme climates from frozen seas and snow-capped mountains, to sun kissed beaches and steamy mangroves. Winter can be brutal, and Japanese snow monkeys endure the cold by basking in volcanic pools. Spring is a busy time for Japanese fishermen and the sea birds that catch fish for them. In contrast, summer in the southern islands is sweltering, with crabs patrolling the steamy mangroves.
Battered and windswept, the Falkland Islands lie off the South American mainland. Their rugged mountains and pristine coastline remain unspoilt by human development, making a unique home for wildlife.
Hugging the west coast of Canada, Vancouver Island is abundant in glaciers, tall waterfalls, and an endless network of rivers and creeks, making it the perfect habitat for Pacific salmon. It's thought that the salmon in Vancouver Island's streams feed more forms of life than any other creature on the planet, including black bears, bald eagles and killer whales.
Just off the coast of Scotland, the Hebrides are made up of more than 500 islands with thousands of wild species.
This week we discover how all life on Sri Lanka centres on one precious resource: water. Unusually, two different monsoons visit the island each year, drenching the windswept coastal plains with weeks of torrential rain. For the rest of the year, the animals of the plains must endure months of drought.
Discover the secret wildlife of the Galapagos Islands which are part of Equador, including gigantic tortoises, sea-swimming lizards and cormorants that have evolved to no longer fly.
Lying 40km off the east coast of Tanzania in Africa, the Zanzibar Archipelago has been labelled as the most exotic island chain in the world. Pristine sands and azure blue sea make it a much loved holiday destination, but bizarre creatures, many of enormous size also roam the islands.
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