Season 35, Episode 9
Apr 19, 2017
You won’t find this hotel on the beaches of Rio. Deep in the heart of the Brazilian wetlands, the mysterious and secretive Giant armadillo digs a new burrow every other night. Once this termite-eater moves on, it leaves behind one of the hottest plots of real estate in the tropical Pantanal for 80 species of diverse and ever-changing animal clientele. We’ll get a never-before-seen look as guests walk, squawk, slither, and crawl from far and wide to get the best room available. From families of nursing anteaters to foraging coatis, the “Hotel Armadillo” showcases all the grasslands have to offer along with the scientists who “check in” these exotic guests.
Viva Puerto Rico
Season 35, Episode 8
Apr 12, 2017
Puerto Rico is a tropical island infused with unique natural wonders - from the deepest sea-trench to the longest underground cave system; from a startlingly bright bioluminescent bay to vast rain forests that sometimes really do rain frogs. A native Puerto Rican frog, called a coqui, sometimes floats down from high in the forest canopy. It’s become the unofficial mascot of Puerto Rico and is one of many unusual endemic species that inhabit the island. The film is a personal portrait of Puerto Rico’s natural history seen through the eyes of one its most charismatic conservationists, Tony Mignucci. A key narrative thread is the story of Mignucci’s battle to save the Caribbean manatee from extinction. Each year up to 15 manatees are stranded off the coast of Puerto Rico, and Nature follows his efforts to save and release them into the wild.
Season 35, Episode 7
Mar 29, 2017
“No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.” - John Muir, 19th Century NaturalistYosemite was forged by time and shaped by the power of water. Water made life possible in this “stone wilderness,” carved out the iconic Yosemite Valley, and gave birth to the Earth’s largest living trees. But with climate change, Yosemite is feeling the heat. Water is scarcer and the threat of wildfire is more common. Join scientists and adventurers as they explore the past, present, and future of the Sierra Nevada’s (a mountain range which stretches from California into Nevada through Yosemite) most precious resource, its water. Glide over the Yosemite Valley, climb trees as tall as buildings, and see how critters both great and small – from the bighorn sheep to the American pika – survive through drought, wildfires, and mountains of snow, as we investigate one of America’s great wildernesses.
The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa
Season 35, Episode 4
Nov 2, 2016
Cats are among the most feared and revered creatures on the planet. Their power, strength, and enigmatic nature have fascinated us for centuries. They are one of the most studied mammals in the world yet only now is their real identity being understood – from their incredible hunting abilities, to their unique physiology and remarkable behaviors. With nearly 40 different species, thriving in almost any environment, the cat is one of the most successful predators since the dinosaurs. Using the latest camera technology and working with leading scientists, we are able to tell the story like never before. Join Nature in this epic two-part event as we journey across the globe tracking down the origins of these diverse creatures. Take an in-depth look at what makes the family of felines unique and the evolutionary tricks and adaptions that truly make a cat, a cat. In Part 1, discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats.