The origins and evolution of humans are examined through archival and contemporary footage. Included: Richard Leakey's 1984 unearthing of a 1.5 million-year-old homo erectus skeleton; and Ofar Bar Yosef's research in Israel of a cave once inhabited by Neanderthals.
Primatologist Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees, begun in 1960 in Tanzania's Gombe Stream Game Preserve. The animals display temperaments that range from shy to violent. Also: footage of clans in territorial clashes.
A journey through India's Kanha and Ranthambhor national parks to study the tiger. Included: footage of a female defending her cubs against a hungry male; and a stalking cat avoiding a pack of wild dogs.
Extraordinary footage highlights this look at hurricanes and tornadoes. Included: first-hand accounts from storm survivors; efforts to develop better warning systems; footage taken in the aftermath of storms. Narrated by Peter Coyote.
Researchers visit a mountain region of China trying to save the panda from extinction by studying the creature's behavior in its natural environment. Destruction of the bamboo forests has severely reduced its population.
A chronicle of Dr. Robert Ballard's 1986 underwater expedition to explore the wreck of the Titanic. Included: footage from remote video cameras in the unmanned submersible deep-sea craft Alvin. Also: a brief history of the Titanic.
A one-year study of the positive impact beavers have on the environment: their dam-building forms ponds, creating better living conditions for many species. A beaver family is seen preparing for winter, repairing spring-flood damage to the dam, and raising offspring. Narrator: Richard Kiley.
Cities that lie “In the Shadow of Vesuvius,” the volcano in Italy that has erupted 50 times since the days of ancient Rome. Its most famous eruption, in A.D. 79, obliterated Pompeii and Herculaneum, causing instantaneous death. Also visited: the fishing town of Pozzuoli; and San Sebastian.
A study of creatures that inhabit the mangrove forests of Borneo, including the proboscis monkeys, large-bellied simians adept at swimming; fiddler crabs; mudskippers, which use their fins to traverse mud; and short-clawed otters.
“Great Moments with National Geographic” showcases memorable segments from the past 32 years, including footage of animal behavioralist Dian Fossey. Also: a look at the inner workings of the human body; and a piece on gray whales.
A study of the Baka, a seminomadic people of central Africa who eat termites for protein, raid beehives for honeycombs, and use bark, herbs and roots to make medicines and salves. Narrated by Denzel Washington.
Observing the “Lions of the African Night” and other creatures that inhabit South Africa's vast Kruger National Park. Included: scenes of lions stalking and killing prey; and views of rain frogs, ant lions and porcupines.
The elephant, an animal that means different things to different people. Included: a religious procession in Sri Lanka; poaching for tusks in Africa; a breeding program at Oregon's Washington Park Zoo.