Three of the eight bear species in the world: brown bears, black bears and polar bears can be found in Alaska, one of North America's last truly wild frontiers. In this epic three-part series, ecologist Chris Morgan takes a year-long motorcycle odyssey deep into Alaska's bear country to explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of these majestic animals.
Many people have a deeply spiritual connection with high places, be they European mountain climbers, yak herders or descendants of the Inca. But these are also tough places where you have to fight for survival.
Born in the Wild is a new four-part documentary series which explores the reproductive behaviours and biology of the animal kingdom. Presented by anatomist Professor Joy Reidenberg and vet Mark Evans, each program focuses on four different species - elephant, dolphin, kangaroo and orangutan - and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find, fight for and woo the opposite sex. They also explore how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.
In this new 3-part documentary series, Richard Hammond reveals secret animal abilities from the natural world, and discovers how those same animals have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very frontiers of science.
In the final episode, Chris Morgan travels to the far north of Alaska, to the tiny town of Kaktovik. It's early November and winter is coming on. But each year, the polar bears struggle for extended periods on dwindling fat reserves, waiting for the opportunity to hunt on sea ice that takes longer to freeze.
This week tells the true story of a two day old wild harbour seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge. Over the next 25 years Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre's ever having to give up his wildness.
This fascinating documentary series explores the reproductive behaviours and biology of the animal kingdom. This episode, Joy and Mark are in Australia to uncover the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth - the pouch-wearing Marsupials.
Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James has just bought 100 acres of the Peruvian Amazon... Without even looking at it first. He plans to spend a year photographing the animals on his land, before launching a campaign to protect more of the forest. But it turns out buying a piece of land over the phone isn't such a great idea. Instead of the green heaven he was imagining, he's bought a coca plantation, an illegal logging camp and a few fields of knackered crops. The reality of what he has taken on soon hits home.
Narrated by David Attenborough, this film follows biologist Mat Pines who studied and lived with the wild Hamadryas baboons of Ethiopia for five years. In his final year we follow the fortunes of his favourite baboon Critical as he tries to find a family and fend off his aggressive male rivals. The local gun-toting Afar tribe have a traditional hatred of the baboons and before Mat leaves, he hopes to broker a peace between the baboons and the tribe.
David Attenborough investigates what is happening to our oceans, and whether it is too late to save their remarkable biodiversity. Attenborough travels from the cold waters of the North Atlantic to the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef to meet the scientists who are transforming our understanding of this unique habitat.
Trek across the mountainous peaks and volcanic slopes of the Andes; explore the windswept plains of the Patagonian wilderness; journey into the teeming forests of the Amazon, and wade through the giant swamps of Venezuela, as this beautiful five-part series celebrates Latin America's most iconic and dramatic locations.
This series explores Latin America's most iconic and dramatic locations. This episode takes us to Venezuela, exploring the river Orinoco, discovering a delta haunted by pumas and festooned with Scarlet Ibis.
In the second of our new strand of Wild Ones natural history documentaries, we meet the mob of 'street smart' kangaroos moving into Australia's capital city and the ecologists following their every move.
This documentary series explores the reproductive behaviours and biology of the animal kingdom. This episode, Joy and Mark travel to Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of our closest cousins - the orangutan.
This series takes a look at some of the rare relationships that cross the divide between our species and provide a glimpse of the inner life of the creatures who share our world. This episode tells the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the '70s and '80s.
In this episode, Richard focuses on the 'KT boundary'. 65 million years ago, a 10 kilometre diameter asteroid collided with the Earth and saw the end of the long reign of the dinosaurs. He investigates the lucky breaks and evolutionary adaptations that allowed some species to survive the disastrous end of the Cretaceous Age when these giants did not.
Early summer is explored as the ice that shapes and defines lie at the poles is in its fullest retreat from the sun. In the 24 hour daylight the animals and birds feast and parents constantly feed their offspring.
The sun leaves both Poles and the longest and most extreme season arrives - Winter, when ice rules everything. As the devastating super-freeze spreads and darkness descends, we chart the stories of the winners and losers in the toughest survival challenge on the planet.
Five years ago the tigers of Sariska Reserve, India, were completely wiped out by poachers. It was a huge setback in the war to save this treasured species from extinction - but now conservationists are fighting back. This beautiful documentary follows a female tiger and a hot-blooded male over 18 months as they try to establish their new territory.
There 1,900 volcanoes worldwide which are considered to be active. Many are widely unknown, such as Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At an altitude of 3500 meters a hot lava sea boils and bubbles at 1000 degrees Celsius. Every day this volcano spews out as much sulfur dioxide as all the other volcanoes on earth put together.
Shark Girl is the inspiring story of 19-year-old Madison Stewart and her passionate fight to save the creature she loves, but most of us fear - sharks. Conservationist, filmmaker, activist, delinquent - Madison Stewart has been called many things - but to her friends she's simply 'Shark Girl'. Growing up on the Great Barrier Reef, the ocean became Madison's home and the sharks her friends. But Madison soon realised the creature she loves most is disappearing fast.
How does a hurricane come to be? What impact do these giant whirlwinds make on the global climate? It has only recently been established that over 80 percent of the hurricanes that slam the East Coast of the United States are first formed above the African savannah. In recent years researchers have uncovered increasing numbers of mysterious interactions between different natural phenomena
It's a technological marvel that's captured breathtaking images of the universe. This is the inside story of the Hubble Space Telescope - an engineering challenge which nearly broke NASA - as told by the unsung heroes who designed, built, and saved it.
Sir David Attenborough hosts a 60 minute celebration of a month by month travelogue of the greatest sights of massed wildlife from all over the world. Each month focuses on just one such incredible show of wildlife.
Spring is explored as the sun returns life to both Poles. Landscapes that had been locked in darkness for three months are suddenly bathed in light. Hibernating residents begin to wake and the first migrants start arriving.
In the final episode, John, Lyn and Luke arrive in the Northern Territory on the advanced stage of their course. For the first time there are no fences to hide behind. John and the students travel to Arnhem Land by helicopter, and raid crocodile nests in the wild.
David Attenborough tells the story of one of the most intriguing wild places on earth: Madagascar, a huge island of dramatic landscapes where the wildlife is strange and unique; some of it filmed for the very first time.
Set in the Arctic and Antarctic, Frozen Planet takes you on the ultimate polar expedition, exploring the impacts of climate change on arctic species. This landmark series brings to the screen the last great wildernesses on the planet as you have never seen them before, and may never see again' in the ultimate portrait of Earth's polar regions.
The vast open wildernesses of African savannah, Asian steppe, Arctic tundra and North American prairie are the great plains of the planet. Together they cover more than a quarter of the land on Earth and one living thing is at their heart - grass. This humble plant feeds the greatest gatherings of wildlife found anywhere on Earth. Narrated by David Attenborough.
Witness some of the world's greatest wildlife phenomena and natural wonders through the eyes of birds in this natural history series. Amazing sights from five continents will be revealed in a whole new light as the journeys of snow geese, cranes, falcons, albatross, eagles and other birds are documented using new, cutting-edge filming techniques and state-of-the-art spycams.
Croc College follows six ordinary Australians as they embark on one of the most thrilling and dangerous training courses Australia has to offer. Led by Queensland croc legend John Lever, the students learn how to handle, farm and manage the world's oldest and largest living reptile - the saltwater crocodile. They also study the hardcore and sometimes ethically confronting business side to croc farming, and some take part in a groundbreaking scientific artificial insemination project.
In the second episode, John's son Adam gives a lesson in how to snare small crocodiles using rope and a pole - a difficult task, as the crocodile can only be captured once it has exhausted itself at the end of a rope. Used to being in control, former police officer Tony comes up against a particularly defiant little crocodile that tests his forcefulness.
The deep sea - which gets darker till no more sunlight penetrates at about a kilometre depth and ever colder closer to the bottom of the ocean - covers most of the planet and is, thus, by far the largest habitat on earth, yet, it has been explored less than space.
The boundary between land and sea is an exciting place, with animals constantly coming and going. From the open oceans, millions of seabirds are forced to come onto land to breed. Sea eagles steal kittiwake chicks from their nesting ledges. Turtles lay their eggs in the sand and marine mammals haul themselves out to fight on the beaches. Sea lions emerge from the kelp to give birth, while killer whales come crashing into n the surf to snatch the sea lions' young.
Life on the edge of a frozen sea is tough. Pack-ice at both poles is constantly on the move and, in winter, freezes solid with air temperatures 70 degrees below freezing. Only in spring, with the retreating ice and light reaching the water, does life begin again. Plankton blooms and feeds vast hordes of migrating fish, birds, whales, seals and polar bears. Walruses rake the seabed for clams. Minke and humpback whales gorge themselves on gigantic swarms of krill. But it is a brief indulgence, for the ice soon returns and pushes life back into the ocean.
In Episode 3, the crocs get larger and the students learn about life and death on a crocodile farm. First, John gathers the students to observe baby crocs hatching. These tiny crocodiles cannot draw blood - yet.
Steve Backshall uncovers the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs by visiting their fossilised remains at London's Natural History Museum and bringing them to life with the help of computer-generated images.
Sumatra is home to the only remaining island tigers in the world. Shorter and more secretive than their mainland cousins, they've never even been filmed in the wild and there are possibly only 500 left.
Madagascar is an island of extremes. While the east is cloaked in soaking rainforest, the west and south is almost a desert. This is a scorching landscape where it might not rain for nine months of the year, and some years not at all. To live here, you have to be a specialist.
Travel deep into Madagascar's most luxuriant landscape; the rainforests that cloak the island's eastern mountains. Remote and mysterious, this little-known region of towering peaks and precipitous escarpments is home to over half of all Madagascar's unique species.
For the past 18 months, croc expert John Lever has worked with scientists from the University of Queensland to develop a world-first artificial insemination program for saltwater crocodiles. Semen has successfully been collected from crocs in captivity, but John and two students of his choice will attempt to do it in the wild. As they'll also need to raid croc nests during the Kakadu field trip, John teaches the students how to do it on the farm first.
Witness awe-inspiring stories of species' need to reproduce such as stunning footage of flying foxes soaring across the skies with their young wrapped in their wings and the remarkable breeding behaviours of elephant seals in the Falkland Islands. For the first time in nearly 30 years, see the white-eared kob performing a deadly mating ritual in Sudan.
People are not designed to live at the Poles and are pushed to the very edge of their survival capability. In this episode, Human life is explored and we discover how it brings out the best in human ingenuity.
Life on the plains and grasslands of the world is about movement, freedom and livestock. The Nyangatom of southern Ethiopia have fought and won a rangeland for themselves, but they and their herds of cattle and goats are totally reliant on gigantic wells. At the height of the dry season a huge collective well is dug down on the dry bed of the Kibish River. These hand dug wells can be 30m wide and 30m deep and are designed as pits as the sand walls are prone to collapse. Dozens of people are killed by collapsing wells each year.
Former Royal Marine Arthur Williams took up flying to rediscover his spirit of adventure after he was paralysed in a car accident seven years ago. In this series, he flies to some of the remotest parts of the planet to find out how people survive and thrive in places only a plane can reach.
The heartbreaking story of Aisha, a baby elephant orphan and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne has to leave Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter's wedding.
Arthur Williams heads into Canada's vast untamed wilderness, beginning by taking a 1930s flying boat upriver to the Great Bear rainforest region and viewing ancient rock art commemorating chiefs of the Kitasoo First Nations tribe. He then hitches a lift with a supply plane to Wekweeti, a Native American community in the far north that was built in the 1960s as a social experiment.
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, 'Rupert' the orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr John Condy. The rhino captured the hearts of the vet's four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years on, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend's fate.