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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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."