Visits to Yellowstone National Park and Alaska to study the grizzly---an animal "celebrated and romanticized" for its ferocity. Included: preservation efforts; scenes of bruins catching and devouring fish; and interviews with researchers.
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.
“Secrets of the Wild Pandas” documents attempts to help preserve a species that, according to narrator Peter Coyote, “clings precariously to existence.” Included: the relationship between a newborn cub and its mother; the pandas' eating habits and social life; threats to the species' survival.
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.
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.
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.
A centennial anniversary of the National Geographic Society, recalling celebrated adventurers and expeditions. Included: Robert Peary's 1909 journey to the North Pole; and Howard Carter's 1922 exploration of the tomb of King Tut. Narrated by E.G. Marshall.
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.
“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.
“Cats: Caressing the Tiger” compares the behavior and characteristics of the domestic and wild varieties; examines their relationship with people; and profiles a breeder who uses cats to help autistic children.
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.
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.