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.
Rocky Mountain roamers---bighorn sheep, one of nature's hardiest breeds, are observed. Cameras follow through the seasons to show their preparation for winter, spring lambing, and year-long harassment by predators. Film clips also capture the bighorns' superb agility and sure-footedness on rugged slopes.
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.
Exploring the language animals use to communicate with one another. Included: birds and fish communicating through their color displays; frogs croaking, dogs barking and lions roaring to protect their territories; and hens clucking to warn their young of danger.
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.