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.
Wildlife and vegetation indigenous to the Namib Desert of southwestern Africa are studied in this documentary. Scenes include lizards and beetles drinking their body moisture; a sand grouse bringing its young water in its feathers; and an adder, mole and spider using camouflage to trap prey.
People who endeavor to restore treasures from the past. Included: Virginian Ken Hyde's recrafting of a WWI biplane; Soviet craftsmen laboring on the Catherine Palace in Leningrad; and Texans working on a 109-year-old tall ship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 study of earthquakes and volcanoes includes disasters in Japan and Iceland, and interviews with geologists. Also: California's San Andreas fault, which is expected to trigger "a major quake within the next 30 years."
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.
Examining the work of Frank and John Craighead, pioneers in grizzly bear research. On film: bears being fitted with tracking transmitters; the rigorous life of wildlife biologists. Filmed in Yellowstone National Park.
The chronicle of a 1976 expedition on a 3000-mile journey from Hawaii to Tahiti in a canoe. The aim of the 17-man crew is to retrace the route of Polynesian mariners in similar vessels centuries ago, navigating as they did without instruments.