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Extraordinary photography reveals the incredible collective intelligence behind these invasions. All unite as one and act like a giant organism controlled by a single brain. Fire ants invade and destroy computer equipment and, when their nest is flooded, create living rafts with their bodies. One swarm is even helping to save the planet from the Greenhouse Effect.
This program reveals the awe-inspiring world of animal swarms. Using the latest camera techniques, we go to the heart of the swarm, and footage from camcorders and mobile phones captures the amazing impact they can have on our lives. One man has learned to control the ultimate swarm, becoming their 'queen bee' and learning to control what most people fear.
The migration reaches Kenya's Masai Mara where, for the calf, the river presents his greatest challenge yet. Croccam, Skullcam, Tortoisecam and Hippocam are just some of the spycams following the calf as he crosses the raging torrents. They film, up close and personal, as crocodiles pick-off stragglers, hippos become carnivorous and the river's sheer walls become death-traps. Even if the calf survives he still has to face the highest concentration of land predators in Africa.
Dungcam and Bouldercam film, up-close and personal, a wildebeest calf making this spectacular year-long journey. Over one million wildebeest and their young make the arduous trip across Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Masai Mara. The calf is on the hit list of lions, cheetahs, hyenas and crocodiles and has to overcome some of nature's most grueling physical challenges. Three years in the making and distilled from 500 hours of recorded behavior, the remote spycams capture all the exciting action.
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- Premiered: August 12, 2012
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- Premise: Various forms of wildlife are examined in this series. (more)
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