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Detecting Danger - Africa's Giant Rats
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Africas giant rats the size of a cat can be trained to detect land-mines by smelling them. Giant rats are clever and they learn fast. Their sense of smell is better than a dogs, they have more stamina, and theyre a lot cheaper to train. This documentary follows Miss Marple, who was born in a training lab and who goes through a years training before being sent on her first mission to Mozambique.
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2001 History, Biography
An outpost of the rare military monkey, beside the Grumeti River in Tanzania, comes under pressure in freak weather conditions. The worst drought since 1930 brings stress to all the animals even ancient crocodiles that might remember the last such dry-down. But the resourceful monkeys have a trick or two up their sleeve, as they face competition with their greatest rivals, baboons. Meanwhile, the crocodiles wait in the river: the wildebeest are coming. But the river is about to dry up
Award-winning wildlife cinematographer Andreas Kieling wants to clear up the mystery of Alaskas giant grizzlies, animals that can be as tall as 4.5 meters when standing. Together with an Alaskan Indian he sets out on a challenging and dangerous expedition through the most remote areas of Alaska. The journey also shows how the native population has learned to live in this inhospitable region for many centuries.
Lord Howe Island
A place of biological superlatives with a flora and fauna that have only just begun to be researched: Lord Howe Island, between Australia and New Zealand. This is the first documentary on what may be the most isolated nature reserve on the planet.
Crater of Life
Following Lin Sutherland, one of Australia's most passionate wildlife film makers, Crater of Life takes people to the heart of one of Australia's best kept wildlife secrets as she tracks down some of Australia's most unusual, rare and magnificent animals.
Hyena - Queens of the Masai Mara
Its not the lion or the cheetah, but the hyena that is the real monarch of the Masai Mara - the winner in the competition for prey and territory and the fight for survival. Michigan State University biologist Kay Holekamp and her team have studied the behaviour of hyena clans and show that their matriarchal society is highly organized using sophisticated vocalizations for communication. Hyenas are effective solo hunters but deadly in a coordinated attack.
Flying with Condors
The condor, king of the Andes, has a wingspan of up to 4 meters, making it the biggest bird in the world that can actually take to the air. It lives in unspoilt mountain regions, far from human habitation, and in the mythology of the region it symbolises the superiority of the spirit and the hope of enlightenment. The condor is a master of flight, soaring majestically in vast circles high above the snow-covered Andes, 5000 metres above sea level. And now an English woman called Judy Leden, female world champion in hang gliding and paragliding, has embarked on a fascinating yet highly dangerous undertaking. She intends to climb into the air alongside the gigantic birds and gather information about their realm; to this day little is known about the life of the condor.
Dingo - Wild Dog at War
The dingo, Australias native dog, is a lightning rod of public opinion: hated, feared, respected and loved. To some, theyre evil: stealing babies and destroying livestock. To others, theyre a persecuted animal thats key to the health of our ecosystem and part of the solution to the invasion of exotic species. Farmer and dog trainer Dave Graham is on a quest to find a way for man and dingo to coexist as the survival of purebred dingoes and native fauna hangs in the balance.
Flight of the Aquanaut
A gripping tale of a diver's voyage into danger.
Land of the Giants
Join Lin Sutherland as she journeys to Tasmania, Australia's small southern island in search of the world's tallest and largest trees. Unfortunately Lin is not alone in her search for these legendry giants...it's a race against time and against a giant of another kind the massive and relentless wood chipping industry.
Fire Ants The Invincible Army
For more than 80 years, Solenopsis Invicta (Red Imported Fire Ant) has been on a ceaseless march across the United States, racking up six billion dollars every year in crop damage, equipment repair, and pest control.
Lionsrock - Return of the King
In February 2008 a unique wildlife reserve of 1,250 hectares was established around Lionsrock, SouthAfrica, with the aim of returning lions and other big cats to the land of their ancestors. Most are fromEurope, from rundown zoos or circuses, removed to dubious holding pens like the dilapidated Panterabig cats asylum in the Netherlands. From here a rescued lion family are sedated and air-freightedto a perfect savanna landscape, where for the first time they can be released, free, into their naturalenvironment. This heartwarming and joyful portrait of Lionsrock with its dedicated team also featuresostriches, weaver birds, ground squirrels and other African wildlife sharing the natural habitat wherethe lions ancestors once thrived. And for the first time on TV this film shows root canal treatmenton Kongo, a majestic lion male!
When a female barnowls home an old disused barn is de-molished, she has to seek a new place to live. On the way, flying through forests and across grasslands, she encounters most of the common owl species in Central Europe: long and short eared owls, little, tawny and eagle owls, some she can live peace- fully beside, others she must shun or risk becoming their prey. During her journey, the film shows how owls fly so silently and hunt so efficiently. It illustrates what they have meant to humans since ancient times, and how they live beside us today. It explains why they have become unfairly associated with death. Our owl finally finds a new home, as the guest of a barn owl family, in time to see the new clutch of young following their mother on their first majestic flight.
A Kingdom For The Dzanga Gorillas
Deep in the heart of darkness in the lush rain forest of the Congo, is a woman with a very big heart. Italian scientist Chloe Cipoletta has dedicated her life to protecting and studying a remarkable family of lowland gorillas. Until now, these wonderful animals have lived a quiet, secret life away from people. But with human development on the horizon, the race is now on to ensure that Congos gorillas have a permanent home in the future. Chloes solution is radical, yet simple: she wants to habituate a family of gorillas to human contact. If she succeeds then a whole new tourist industry will be born, as well as a good financial reason to protect the forest home of one of humankinds closest relations.
Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk
The multidimensional world of risk.
Ships of the Desert
Camels are masters of the art of survival. They can go for up to ten months without a drop of water, then drink 200 litres in only 15 minutes, and even digest salt water. Domesticated as beasts of burden they laid the foundations of ancient long-distance trade, with salt and incense caravans regularly crossing the most hostile landscapes in the world. Today, camels are still the most important source of milk, meat, leather, wool, fertilizer and fuel in large parts of Africa and Asia, and for the Bedouins of Arabia. Unsurprisingly Bedouins call the camel Al-Ata Allah, the gift of God. Now medical researchers are exploring the miraculous properties of camels milk apparently effective against Alzheimers and cancer! The film shows camels defying the deadly conditions of the desert with their Bedouin owners; valuable decorated fighting camels, cosseted and pitched against one another in Turkey; Saudi Arabias unique hi-tech camel clinics; and feral camels in Australia, saved from the cull and coralled for re-expor
Little Monsters - Hide & Cheat
This 3D documentary presents some of the animal kingdoms strangest survival strategies. The most startling behavior patterns arent found among the classic big animals like lions or polar bears, but among natures smaller creatures: poison dart frogs, chameleons, praying mantises and scorpions, to name but a few. These Little Monsters are masters of survival. Until recently, only a handful of scientists had the technical means to study them up close. But now, with its ingenious combination of slow-motion 3D and time-lapse 3D sequences, Little Monsters sets new standards in the third dimension , yielding unbelievable scenes the world has never seen and felt before.
Third World - Music Hall In Concert
This live television performance from 1993 at the "HR-Hessische Rundfunk" in Germany features an 8-song performance by Third World, a musical institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant.
An American ex-con's past returns to haunt him after his old crew is released from prison. When Joe turns down a proposal from the gang, they kidnap his family. Now it's a race against time as Joe takes on the captors one by one!