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 portrait of Australia, focusing on sports and life in the bleak outback, where ranchers battle drought, floods and a prevailing loneliness. On film: Australians in the disastrous WWI Gallipoli campaign.
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.
A document of the year spent in French Polynesia by a New Jersey family. Aspects of their new-found lives include a community fishing drive; an evening feast on roast pig; an undersea expedition to the reef; a visit to a pagan temple; and Bastille Day in the capital city of Papeete.
Creatures that inhabit the mangroves of Borneo, including proboscis monkeys, beer-bellied simians adept at swimming; fiddler crabs; mudskippers, which use their fins to traverse mud; and short-clawed otters.
A look at a Hong Kong family focuses on the Leongs, whose lifestyles are a blend of the diverse influences in the British colony. From their “floating store,” the Leongs sell a variety of merchandise to ship crews in the harbor. The documentary interweaves their story with scenes of shrines, factories and schools, and uses newsreels to trace the colony's history.
“The Voyage of the Brigantine Yankee” retraces the last world voyage (1957-58) of the vessel, captained by Irving Johnson and his wife. The focus is on Yankee's South Pacific ports-of-call, including Pitcairn Island.
Three denizens of the American West: coyotes, rattlesnakes and mustangs. This report shows coyotes foraging during a harsh Wyoming winter; a New Mexico couple who study rattlers; and Nevada's wild horses competing with ranchers' livestock for water.
Memorable moments from the long-running series include Dr. Leakey's study of primates and evolution; a voyage on the QE2; China's efforts to breed giant pandas in captivity. Also: an exploration of the human body; a visit to Siberia; a trip down the Volga River; and a look at gray whales off the coast of Mexico.
A transatlantic voyage aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 launches this homage to the great passenger ships of this century. Also: newsreel clips of luxurious liners from the past, including France's Normandie; and Great Britain's majestic sister liners, the Queens Mary and Elizabeth.
Microscope photography and cameras that create images from sounds explore "The Invisible World." Phenomena studied include microorganisms; a bullet frozen as it rips through a playing card; a human fetus in a mother's womb; and a star from a galaxy 600 light years away. Also: a look at how time-lapse, slow-motion and Kerlian photography work.
The experiences of four Americans in China. Among them: an exchange student, who visits the remote village of Jinghong; a correspondent, who reports on population-control efforts in rural communities; and an English instructor.
Documenting Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees, begun in 1960 in Tanzania's Gombe Stream Game Reserve. The animals display temperaments that range from shy to violent. Vivid footage also shows chimpanzee clans engaged in organized warfare.
A look at memorable moments from the series concludes with creatures of Africa's Namib Desert; a voyage down the Volga River; a look at China's efforts to breed giant pandas in captivity; and a visit to Siberia.
How flowers engage in "Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind" with insects that transport pollen from plant to plant. Included: a look at the Australian hammer orchid, which assumes the shape of a female wasp to attract pollen-laden males.
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.