The Peruvian jungle in the upper reaches of the Amazon is home to two different species of monkeys, the Andean titi and the brown-mantled tamarin. What's interesting is that these two species live side by side as if they were members of a single troop. When titis feed on insects, they rely on tamarins to catch them. Meanwhile, tamarins use titis to get Inga beans to eat. To protect against predators, titis keep their eyes aloft looking out for birds of prey, while tamarins keep an eye to the ground for carnivores and large snakes.
The canals that crisscross England have long supported rich natural habitats. Along the Macclesfield Canal, in central England, diving rodents called water voles hunt for prey below the water's surface. Kingfishers alight on the trees that line the banks, intently eying the flowing water, then swooping down on unsuspecting fish. In spring and summer, flowers burst forth in waves of color. This program depicts the four seasons along England's canals, where people and nature live in splendid harmony.
Monterey Bay has a dense underwater forest of giant kelp - the largest on Earth. This forest of 60-meter long kelp provides an ideal habitat for sea otters. This program follows a family of sea otters living in close harmony with this environment, revealing not only how sea otters thrive amongst the kelp but how they also help protect the kelp in turn. The mother spends all of her time and energy raising her newborn. Her young pup learns how to crack open shellfish by imitating her. She desperately tries to protect her young from a seagull attack. These are just some of the amazing moments captured in this rare and intimate animal family portrait.
Over the centuries, the emerald green Tara River in Montenegro on the Balkan Peninsula has etched a canyon 1,300 meters deep. The views throughout the Tara Canyon are spectacular. Up to 700 varieties of plants blanket its undulating hills. Herds of chamois live on the steep slopes where no human can venture. They nimbly roam the rocky cliffs, in perpetual danger of falling. Golden eagles circle imperiously overhead, waiting for the chance to strike. Living on the Edge chronicles a year in the life of the magnificent Tara Canyon featuring an up-close look at the chamois that live there.
During the dry season, the grasses in the savanna region in northwestern Tanzania wither, forcing animals to look elsewhere for food. But a green paradise exists in the middle of the region surrounded by a huge outer rim of a volcanic crater 20 kilometers in diameter. This is the Ngorongoro Crater. Inside this paradise there is a wetland area, watered by abundant springs even during the dry season. It seems a different world, where wild animal life abounds, including endangered animals such as black rhinoceroses, lions, and cheetahs. Why does this unique environment exist only here? Unlikely Eden explores the secrets of the Ngorongoro Crater, the home to such a wealth of wildlife.
Uganda, a richly forested country with year-round precipitation due to the presence of Lake Victoria, lies just below the equator on a plateau about 1,100 meters above sea level. Wild chimpanzees that are threatened with extinction live in its forests. These chimpanzees have the rare characteristics of being unafraid of humans. They also have their own culture which the parents pass down to their young, such as hunting in groups. Our cameras capture the behavioral ecology of these wild chimpanzees, focusing on their culture of teaching their offspring.
The Falkland Islands, in the south Atlantic, are a haven for penguins.
In the savannah of western Uganda, Africa, there's a place known as "Hippo Paradise." There are more than 5000 hippos living there. Females spend seven years caring for their calves. They not only carry their young piggyback-style through the water they live in, but they suckle their young beneath its surface. This program features unique footage of hippo behavior never before caught on tape. A 4-ton hippo leaping as gracefully as a dolphin must be seen to be believed. A spectacular scene in which a hippo confronts an elephant is another awe-inspiring moment from this memorable program.
New Guinea is a true garden of Eden for birds. Some of the most unique are birds of paradise. With plenty of food such as nuts and fruits and very few natural predators, they've been able to leisurely hone their courting skills. The ribbon-tailed astrapia flaps its long white tail feathers, while the blue bird-of-paradise unfurls its feathers to create a pulsating eye-like shape. Since they live deep in the jungle, their courtship displays have long been steeped in mystery. Tadashi Shimada, a wildlife photographer who's made numerous visits to New Guinea over the years, has for the first time ever captured images of the blue bird-of-paradise's courting behavior. This program delves into the fascinating world of these beautiful and mysterious birds.