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.
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.
The nomadic bushmen living in Africa's Kalahari desert are studied, including their unique appearance, culture and language (which utilizes clicking sounds); and their reliance on the sparse vegetation growing in the arid region for their survival.
Belgian scientist Jo Van Arshaven studies chimpanzee behavior in West Africa by conducting experiments on the interactions of chimps. Examined: the mother-child bond, and what causes fear in the animals.
A show about birds of prey includes footage of ospreys mating and catching an eight-pound salmon; European sea eagles (which have a wingspan of eight feet); and golden eagles (carrying prey weighing up to five pounds).
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.
Tropical rain forests, steep mountain slopes and dangerous river rapids are among the scenic sights found in the Malay Archipelago. Also: footage of the Komodo dragon, Java rhinoceros, gibbons, orangutans.
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.
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.