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.
The role color plays in the everyday existence of animals and man. Included: its usefulness in the animal kingdom as a camouflage for predators and prey; and its use by humans to attract attention, clothe themselves and decorate their surroundings.
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 Rocky Mountains provide the setting for a study of the animals populating the area. They include trumpeter swans, pronghorns (which are found in a wildlife refuge near Yellowstone National Park), bison, moose, wapiti, grizzly bears and lemmings.
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.
In the Arctic region during the summer months, Prof. Beat Tschanz studies the behavior patterns of the guillemot birds. Included: how parents protect offspring from prey through a system of communications.
Studies on the Makiritare, a South American Indian tribe, reveal that the women are in charge of the planting, harvesting and cooking, while the men are busy making war; that their basic food source is the cassava root; and that they remain in one area until they exhaust the surrounding land.
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.