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.
Zoos of the world are visted. Included: an insectarium in Tokyo; black-and-white tigers in Delhi; giant pandas and a drive-through preserve in London; an albino gorilla in Barcelona. Other locations include New York, Tanzania, Antwerp, Frankfurt and San Diego.
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.
"Australia's Animal Mysteries"---and scientific efforts to unravel them. Included: some of the 50 species of kangaroos; the platypus, a duck-billed, egg-laying mammal; the koala (a marsupial, not a bear); and the flying opossum.
A 1965 documentary about chimpanzee research in Tanzania, conducted by Jane Goodall. Films of the chimpanzee community illustrate Goodall's findings: the primates improvise and use tools---a vital step in the evolution of man.
The origins and evolution of humans are examined through archival and contemporary footage. Included: Richard Leakey's 1984 unearthing of a 1.5 million-year-old Homo erectus skeleton; and Ofar Bar Yosef's research in Israel of a cave once inhabited by Neanderthals.
An examination of Great Britain studies the country's daily life and traditional pageantry. Included: views of herring fishermen putting out to sea in their wooden boats; a youth being apprenticed to a company of lightermen, thereby participating in a family occupation dating to 1666; and a segment on life on the island of Sark.
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.
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.
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.
A tour along England's Thames River. Included: Winston Churchill's secret World War II command post in London, a reenactment of a 17th-century shoreline battle and a rowing competition. Also: clips of Queen Elizabeth II attending a horse show.
A look at creatures of the night dispels some myths about nocturnal animals as cameras observe harmless cave-dwelling bats hunting for insects; great horned owls swooping for prey; a pack of hyenas searching for food; and creatures of the underground that have lost their sight and skin pigment in the dark.
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.