Michael Landon narrates a 1979 study of cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lions and other predators on the Serengeti Plain. Observed: defensive tactics of gazelles and zebras; cheetah cubs mimicking their mother; lions stealing a carcass from a pack of hyenas; and jackals stampeding wildebeests.
A crystal pond teeming with animal life is the setting for this study filmed at Mzima Spring in Kenya. Observed: hippos, cormorants, darter birds, snakes, otters and crocodiles. Richard Kiley narrates.
A study of snow geese, birds "well-named," according to narrator Peter Scott, because "snow governs the rhythm of their lives." Included: establishing nesting sites on the tundra. Also: footage of abandoned chicks that came to regard the camera crew as surrogate parents.
A study of the loon, its migratory habits, predators and "dazzling plumage." Included: the migration to breeding lakes during warm weather; a chick taking its first swim; a raccoon feeding on an unprotected egg; the impact of fish hooks and lead weights. Hywel Bennett narrates.
The plants and animals that live in the "flooded forests" of the South American rain forest, areas where trees are rooted in several feet of water. Included: a wildlife filmmaker and his quest to photograph the hoatzin, a crested bird that is "extremely shy."
Bob Newhart narrates a study of the breeding and nurturing practices of various animals, including ostriches, wildebeests, cormorants, pelicans, turtles, wasps, trout, snow geese and zebras. Filmed in Africa, Australia and the Americas.
"Jaws" author Peter Benchley narrates a study of sharks, which he considers the embodiment of "potential violence." Researchers are seen descending in a cage to film a "feeding frenzy" by makos; and a gray reef shark is observed swallowing a radio-tracking device.
The evolution of Fiordland, an "extraordinary maze of peaks, fiords and valleys" that's "quite unlike any other part of New Zealand." Also: the region's rare animal and plant life, including the Fiordland crested penquin and numerous species of birds.
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Cast & Details
Premise: A wildlife series observing animals around the world.