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.
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.
“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.
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.
The charitable works of Edmund Hillary, the first to climb Mount Everest (May 1953), in Nepal's Khumbu region. Hillary is instrumental in building schools and health-care facilities. Also: Hillary is seen celebrating the 30th anniversary of the climb with his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay.
The National Park Service, focusing on whether the parks should provide more services to visitors or remain protected wildernesses. Included: scenes of Yellowstone, Denali (Alaska) and the Grand Canyon.
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.
A look at Holland's struggles against the sea includes the evolution of dikes; Holland's seafaring activities; the flood of 1953 that destroyed the city of Veere; and such sports as ice yachting and canal vaulting.
A journey down the Amazon, from its source in the Peruvian Andes to its mouth in northern Brazil. Views of isolated forest tribes include a school for witch doctors. Also: a ruined Inca city; an American expatriate who captures wildlife for zoos; piranha fish attacking their kill.
A look at the cities near Vesuvius, the volcano in Italy with 50 eruptions since Roman times. Its most famous eruption in A.D. 79 obliterated Pompeii and Herculaneum, causing instantaneous death. Also visited: the fishing town of Pozzuoli; and San Sebastiano.