An elephant herd in Namibia is observed, as the matriarch, called Knob Nose, leads eighteen other elephants through the unforgiving terrain. Also: Ginger Mauney and her veterinarian husband present their findings on the animals.
Life, 8,000-feet under the Pacific, is observed on an underwater exploration. Descending in a minisub, members of this 1979 expedition set out to explore the Galapagos Rift, which harbors creatures such as 8-foot worms and Portuguese men-of-war.
Pursuing today's cowboys, men whose trade spawned the legends of the Wild West. Cameras roam fly-speck towns from Utah to California and follow cowboys who break horses, brand cattle and endure long, dreary trail drives. Included: Yaqui Indians dancing a centuries-old ritual to welcome the Easter season.
This history of the railroad industry explores the uses of trains, from transporting troops during WWII to delivering lettuce from California to New York. Also: rides aboard the Orient Express and a railway in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador.
Modern Norsemen in the Faeroe Islands, midway between Scotland and Iceland. Cameras record the Norsemen's lifestyle, which includes herding sheep, fishing in the North Atlantic and hunting whales. Written and directed by George A. Vicas.
A look at the Great Mojave Desert surveys human presence in that part of Southern California. Segments focus on mining and sheepherding activities; naturalist Colin Fletcher exploring Death Valley on foot; a one-woman ballet in a town of 32 persons.
A tour of Jerusalem includes the Wailing Wall, where Jews have prayed for some 2000 years; and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on what is said to be the site of Jesus's tomb. Also: comments by Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek.
A study of the Chesapeake Bay, a “recreational paradise [and] vital commercial highway” on the Atlantic coast. Included: a stop at the annual Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield (Md.), the “crab capital of the world.” Also: the effects of pollution and overdevelopment upon the area.
A study of reptiles and amphibians looks at animated dinosaur exhibits; the frog's life cycle; snakes as mystical symbols; a rattlesnake eating its kill; courtship between Alpine newts; combat among alligators and iguanas. Also: a report on the Loch Ness monster.
“The Mystery of Animal Behavior,” a film by German naturalist Heinz Sielmann. Included: animal behaviorist Konrad Lorenz demonstrates the instinctual fear of geese toward intruders. Also on camera: rare black woodpeckers; migrating polar bears in Hudson Bay; the sophisticated society of African baboons; and Wapiti elk in Canada.
The little-seen world of insects. On camera: a butterfly's metamorphosis; the bee's pollination contribution; crop-destroying locusts; South America's voracious army ants; and African termites whose colonies have a caste system.
Views of active volcanos highlight this expedition with Dr. Haroum Tazieff, a leading authority on volcanology. Included: 1971 footage of Italy's erupting Mount Etna, where Tazieff is seen collecting gas samples; and a fiery pit in Africa, Mount Nyirangongo.
A cross-section of Russian life is seen during a journey down the Volga. Locales visited include Volgograd, where a World War II memorial service is held; Togliatti, an industrial center; tsarist palaces; and Lenin's birthplace and tomb.
Gold---how it's sought, smuggled, traded and hoarded. Included: black miners in South Africa; fortune hunters searching for ancient tribal tombs in Colombia; Italian goldsmiths making jewelry; and the London gold exchange.
A look at big cats reports on four endangered species. Included: Siberian tigers, seen in a Swedish zoo; American mountain lions, seen in the Idaho wilderness; Amazonian jaguars, which trappers are driving deeper into the jungle; and Asiatic lions, observed in a forest in southwest India.
A look at outdoor life on America's waterways, as experienced by six youngsters and their two adult leaders on a raft and kayak voyage down Idaho's Salmon River. Their adventures include banding a young golden eagle and living off the land. Also: a look at the Hudson and Potomac rivers, choked with pollution, and Florida's Everglades.