Category “Nature”

Ivory Wars: Out of Africa

Ivory has been a source of fascination for 30,000 years. It's portable and can be carved into any shape. But ivory, in all its beauty, hides a dark and bloody truth. 2011 was the worst year for large ivory seizers in two decades. But now, sophisticated intelligence and technology is being shared between countries in an attempt to expose these criminals. Elephants are the largest animals on earth. They are intelligent, have renowned memory and close family ties. They are the architects of their world, altering the habitat around them on a giant scale. Scientists continue to make surprising...

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Mind of Plants: The Intelligence of Plants

An insightful and well researched documentary on plants, about their place on our planet, in the food chain, and showcases mind blowing evidence that not only are they more evolved than even humans, but they more than just passively produce oxygen; they actually think and interact with the world around them in a much more active way than most people could ever imagine. From learning that there are over six hundred species of carnivorous plants, to hearing about trees purposely raising the levels of a chemical in their leaves to kill the animals feeding on it, Mind of Plants is the ultimate...

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Saved by Dolphins

Since ancient times there have been stories of dolphins rescuing humans at sea. But is there any truth behind them, or are they just myths and legends? There have been few witnesses until now. Set against the stunning backdrops of the Red Sea and New Zealand's North Island, the film dramatises two events where dolphins apparently saved humans from shark attacks. By drawing on survivor interviews and the expertise of the world's leading dolphin scientists, this films reveals what makes dolphins want to save human...

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Lolita: Slave to Entertainment

Man versus nature; in the summer of 1970 a barbaric hunt kills five orca whales and destroys the lives of countless others. Six young orcas are ripped away from their family, sold to marine parks, and shipped across the world to enter into a life of slavery. Three decades later only one survives. And she just so happens to be Miami’s biggest performer. "Lolita: Slave to Entertainment is a stirring wake up call. For those who have visited a marine park, for those who think they might do so in the future, and for those who simply wish to know the truth about performing marine mammals, this...

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Great White Shark: A Living Legend

Wildlife film. South African naturalist Mike Rutzen is crazy about great white sharks. He never saw Jaws, so he doesn't share the terror that has made these sharks the world's most feared predator. For ten years Mike has been swimming with great whites, without the protection of a cage. He has spent so much time in their company that he has learnt to read their body language and to think like a shark. It is this knowledge that keeps him safe. Mike's quest to understand them better now takes him into the heart of a seal ambush site where he hopes to witness their hunting behaviour from...

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The Andes: The Dragon’s Back

The Andes is one of the world's most spectacular mountain ranges with one of the richest environments on Earth and a diverse and unique mix of plants and animals existing nowhere else in the world. Andes: The Dragon's Back so named because of the spines along its ridge travels through this range of mountains stretching from Cape Horn to the Equator, uncovering the largest ice field outside the poles, the Torres del Paine mountain region and the Atacama desert. The Andes is a perfect example of animals adapting to their environment, penguins manage to thrive in the desert, flamingos...

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Sharkwater

Filmed in high definition video, Sharkwater explores the densest shark populations in the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption of the shark-hunting industry in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Filmmaker Rob Stewart travels with Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship as they confront shark poachers in Guatemala and Costa Rica. Among the group’s experiences are boat chases with poachers and police, boat ramming, hidden camera footage of massive shark finning facilities, corrupt court systems and eventually...

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Life Inside The Colony

Ant colonies are one of the wonders of nature - complex, organised and mysterious. This programme reveals the secret, underground world of the ant colony in a way that's never been seen before. At its heart is a massive, full-scale ant nest, specially-designed and built to allow cameras to see its inner workings. The nest is a new home for a million-strong colony of leafcutter ants from Trinidad. For a month, entomologist Dr George McGavin and leafcutter expert Professor Adam Hart capture every aspect of the life of the colony, using time-lapse cameras, microscopes, microphones and radio...

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What’s Killing Our Bees

Bill Turnbull investigates one of the biggest mysteries in the British countryside: what is killing our bees. It is a question that generates huge controversy. Changes in the weather, pesticides and even a deadly virus have all all been blamed. It is a question that Bill is all too familiar with as a beekeeper himself. He meets the scientists who are fitting minute radar transponders on to bees to try to find...

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