A close look at animal species found in Antarctica. Featured is footage of emperor and Adelie penguins in various stages of development, Weddell seals (which may grow to nine feet in length and weigh up to 900 pounds) and leopard seals, the penguins' archenemies.
A study of Africa's inhabitants includes a look at the technologically primitive bushmen of the Kalahari desert, the Chamus living on the shores of Lake Baringo, the Dogon tribesmen (who are seen performing a dance wearing masks), the Zulus, the Kamba people and Masai warriors.
A wide variety of birds are observed around East Africa's Lake Nakuru. Included is footage of lightweight lake pelicans flying at high speeds, emus and cormorants catching food for their young, herons attacking their prey, malachite kingfishers beating their catch to death, a giant fisheagle devouring a flamingo.
A study of the elephant population living in Africa's National Parks, including information on the adult animal, which weighs up to seven tons and requires a quarter ton of food daily; the calf, which does not reach its full size until age 25; and the animals' reproductive habits.
Cold power---how Eskimos in the Arctic adapt to their frigid environment and put it to practical use. Films show their hunting and building techniques and demonstrate their reliance on animals for food, fuel, clothing, tools.
A look at self-defense techniques used by various species of insects. Observed: a transparent Brazilian caterpillar and an orange-dog caterpillar, which poisons its victims with its stingers. Bill Burrud is the host.
The natives of the remote lowlands of coastal Guinea are observed in their daily activities, including fishing, rice farming and going to market to sell their products. Further inland, the residents are shown weaving, spinning cotton and making pottery.
Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa, is the setting for a study of lemurs, tree-dwelling primates that are related to monkeys. Also: footage of mudskippers, fish that can survive out of water for periods of time.