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Safari Catalogue
 
 
  • Introduction
  • Episodes 1-20
  • Episodes 21-40
  • Episodes 41-60
  • Episodes 61-78

Finally, after five years in the making, SAFARI is now available. Covering over half a million miles, the crew of Safari faced extremes in climates from forty-below-zero to one-hundred-twenty degrees Fahrenheit. After withstanding a hurricane, escaping forest fires and being lost for days in a blinding snowstorm, the milestone series has set a new standard for wildlife documentaries.

From the frozen Arctic to Africa’s pristine Okavango Delta, the award-winning Safari brings you face to face with the most fascinating creatures on earth.

Never before has there been such an insightful and timely wildlife series. The cameras of Safari tell a compelling story, never shying away from showing the whole picture. From the endearing and playful, to the unexpected and deadly; Safari provides an unflinching portrait of animals in the wild with emphasis on endangered species.

Safari is hosted by naturalist John Ross, who devoted his life to exploring the natural world and documenting its secret treasures. As a wildlife expert, he provides a unique insider’s look into the lives and behaviours of animals in the untamed reaches of the planet.

A message from John Ross: The word Safari means a journey and this has been a long wonderful one with some of the most exciting memories of my life. I remember once waiting behind a tiny cloth blind as a leopard killed a deer just in front of me. I stood only fifteen feet away from a family of endangered Asiatic Lions. I watched over one thousand elephants come to a pool in Botswana River over the course of a single day. I’ve seen the majority of the world’s remaining individuals of an endangered species fly by me in a Moroccan desert and the release of grey wolves in Yellowstone after seventy years of their absence. Once we rolled our cameras for ten hours waiting through a blinding rainstorm until finally a lioness in hiding exploded out and grabbed an antelope.

My goal in producing Safari is to take the viewer along a journey into the remote areas of the animal world to experience not only the animal’s life but also its struggle for existence. The purpose of Safari is to look for answers to the most important question of all; on this small fragile planet what needs to be done to protect the animals and their habitat so that they can live on in the wild. I firmly believe the answer lies in gaining a more complete understanding of animals in the wild. Every episode of Safari is dedicated to working toward this goal.

 

Safari

 




SHOW #1 THE ALLIGATOR & AMERICAN CROCODILE
Safari descends into the Everglades for an up-close look at these ancient predators. Witness the hunt and the kill and encounter the highly endangered North American crocodile. See what biologists are doing today to help save these rare reptiles.


SHOW #2 NORTH AMERICAN PRONGHORN
The North American Pronghorn – indigenous solely to this continent, and yet, another species whose existence depends on the care and concern of humans. Learn of the effects on their habitats, conservation efforts, census techniques, and the everyday style of life these elegant creatures live.


SHOW #3 POLAR BEARS
In this episode, John will be taking you on an in-depth look at one of the most majestic animals to be found in the arctic – the Polar Bear. With weights in excess of a thousand pounds, heights stretching to twelve feet, upright…one would hardly envision them to be curious and playful. Prepare to be constantly amazed as John unveils many of the unique characteristics and personalities of the Polar Bear.


SHOW #4 BALD IBIS AND BARBARY SHEEP
The Bald Ibis, and the Barbary sheep – two species that will be covered in this episode of Safari. Travel to the exotic land of Morocco, and join John Ross as he takes a close-up look at – in addition to the Bald Ibis and the Barbary sheep – the wide variety of other animals occupying this beautiful, yet sometimes unforgiving, North African country. Because of the great contrast in climates this territory holds, there is a montage of evolutionary wildlife. You will certainly enjoy this captivating trip – ranging from the Atlantic beaches to the scorching sands of the Sahara desert.


SHOW #5 LYNX
A trip to the heavily timbered areas of Canada and the northern United States is where this show will take you. John will share with you the history behind the ever-elusive North American lynx. Learn more about their unique behaviour, and their interactions as they play predator to their prey – the Snowshoe rabbit. This is sure to be an exciting adventure as you join in the chase.


SHOW #6 GRAY WOLF
Join John Ross as you’re treated to a very special trip into the beautiful Yellowstone Park, and its wondrous inhabitants. In this episode, John will be exploring the domain of the Gray Wolf – which, only recently, has been reintroduced into the park. You will learn of the cause behind the wolf’s extermination and, subsequently, his restoration. You’re sure to feel a participant as John follows the different packs through a backdrop of sheer winter beauty.


SHOW #7 GRAY WOLF II
Join John in his return to Yellowstone to follow-up on the success of the Wolf Reintroduction Program. This episode is sure to provide you with a sense of “family” as you are introduced to the several packs existing in the park today. But, most importantly, it will also indicate the changes that can occur when people become actively involved, and concern them with the preciousness of our wildlife.


SHOW #8 COYOTE
What better way to learn about the coyote than to spend an entire year following a pack of them within their rocky mountain home. From warm summers to harsh winters, watch as they attempt to successfully meet, and survive, the challenges nature can unpredictably offer. You will surely find interest in observing animals that travel in packs, and the hierarchy that inevitably develops.


SHOW #9 RIVER OTTER
This show is bound to provide a half hour of sheer joy and entertainment as John explores the wondrous and playful world of the River Otter. From hunting, to simply surviving the River Otter seems to add a bit of “play” into everything he does. Don’t miss out on this highly entertaining episode.


SHOW #10 BABIES
A truly delightful episode of four of nature’s own, giving birth to their own. First we start with the Black bear -- a normally solitary nomad except during the mating season in summer. We then move on to another type of bear – the Polar bear. Amazingly, the mother will sacrifice at least seven months of eating while with young. Next, the Gray wolf, who is exceptional in the sense they tend to have more of a “family” unit than most other animals….whereas, the father actively participates in the rearing of the young. And, finally, the Red fox, who, unlike the wolf, mate and split up shortly thereafter.


SHOW #11 BIRDS OF PREY
In this episode, John Ross will take you on a trip to the Saw tooth National Forest, in Idaho, to study the behaviour and general lifestyle of the raptor. With a wide variety of sizes and types, the raptors have one thing definitely in common – they are keen hunters from the air, with eyesight sharper than any human.


SHOW #12 WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS
Without the research done -- and vital information acquired -- by wildlife biologists, we probably would never have been able to preserve the many areas of endangered ecosystems you see today. Join John Ross as he pays tribute to the many people involved in studying the populations of moose, alligators, lynx, Polar bears and many, many other animals that have become subjects of serious concern. This is quite an educational experience, and one everyone should take special interest in.


SHOW #13 DESERT
Ranging from freezing to well above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the desert is populated by some of the most amazing plants and animals that have ingeniously adapted to the environment. Join John Ross on this fascinating community of wildlife, and learn of the survival techniques of such animals as…the desert tortoise, the Gila monster, a variety of snakes, and many, many others. You will not only see how they survive as predator and prey, but also how their bodies have uniquely evolved to combat the harsh environmental conditions.


SHOW #14 EAGLES
Join John Ross on his journey to Japan and parts of the United States to explore the fascinating world of the eagle. He will first take you to the remote Sheratoco Peninsula to view the Stellars Sea eagle, whose wing span can exceed eight feet, and is considered to be the third largest eagle in the world. From there you will travel to the California/Oregon border, to Klamath Basin, get a good look at the beautiful, and rare, Bald eagle. You will learn of the eagle’s enormous strength, its hunting methods, and many other interesting aspects of its lifestyle.


SHOW #15 MACAQUES
Known commonly as “Snow Monkeys”, the Japanese Macaques are the focus of this “Safari” episode. As John Ross travels to the freezing temperatures found in the Japanese Alps, he will share his experiences with these amazing and intelligent animals. You will learn of how the Macaques came to exist in Japan, and of the evolvement of their social rituals and survival as deforestation and development threaten their continued existence. This is truly an engaging look at the evolution of one remarkable animal.


SHOW #16 THE JAPANESE CRANE
The Red Crown Crane has the captured the imagination of artists and poets in the hearts of Japanese people for centuries. At one time the birds were common throughout Japan and much of Asia. But today, the last large concentration making up one-third of the surviving population lives only here in Hokkaido. It’s here on Japan’s least developed island, that many of the country’s unique species are making a last stand. But the story of the Japanese crane is especially interesting because it was saved from virtual extinction caused by over hunting 75 years ago only to once again be threatened today by development.


SHOW #17 SPRING IN THE ROCKIES
It’s spring here in the Rocky Mountains, the time when nature revitalizes itself after the long cold winter. And this is the most important season of all for wildlife. Because with the new generation that comes into the world today, lies the ultimate future of the species. So when spring arrives, nature works at a furious pace. Bison calves are already moving with the herds, and the elk calves are not far behind. Meadow wolves are tending to their babies at the same time as their main predator, the coyote as a den full of pups to feed.


SHOW #18 THE ASIAN ELEPHANT
The Asian or Indian elephant was roamed Asia in huge numbers. Thailand especially had huge numbers. A hundred years ago there were more than 70,000 wild elephants in Thailand. Today that number is down to less than 2000. And all of them live in the protection of the countries national parks and reserves. All across Asia, as poaching habitat destruction and human encroachment have taken their toll, a similar and sometimes even more alarming decrease in elephant numbers has occurred. Now some experts say the Asian elephant is destined for extinction.


SHOW #19 THAILAND SNAKES
The Siamese cobra is one of the deadliest snakes in the world and here in Thailand it’s also one of the most common reptiles. It’s found all across the country from the national parks to the farmer’s rice patties. And for many people in Thailand, the chance of coming into contact with one of these cobras is just part of everyday life. But the snake is much more than just a hazard. In the ecosystem, it performs an important service. John Ross comes to this Southeast Asian country, known for its reptiles, to search out some of the world’s most fascinating snakes. Each has uniquely evolved to efficiently hunt and survive.


SHOW #20 THAILAND PRIMATES
The song of the gibbon echoing through the forest is a something you’ll never forget. There are three species of these tree dwelling apes here in Thailand. Each species has its own distinguishing voice and with their long arms and light bodies, they perform some amazing acrobatics in the treetops. Southeast Asia is home to some of nature’s most interesting primates.




SHOW #21 HORNBILLS
Over the last 50 million years while many large birds have disappeared, the hornbill has survived, thanks to its unique evolutionary adaptations. And in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, home to a wide array of unusual animals, the hornbill stands out as one of the most fascinating birds in the world. The bird’s great size and appearance is quite striking, from the large horn covered cask sitting atop its huge bill and giving the hornbill its name to its unique colouring and long eye lashes. But the hornbill’s most unusual feature is its nesting ritual. The female seals herself into a tree hollow for three to four months while her chick incubates and hatches.


SHOW #22 ANIMALS OF THE TROPICAL FOREST
The tiny mouse deer, the giant spider, and the Asian forest scorpion are just a few of the thousands unique species that exist only in the world’s tropical forest. This ecosystem is one of the oldest and most diverse on the planet, an intricate web of life woven over millions of years. Tropical forests are the richest terrestrial ecosystems on earth, containing thousands of species that have yet to be studied, and undoubtedly thousands more remain undiscovered


SHOW #23 ENDANGERED SPECIES
The California Condor and the Rhino are just two of the world’s many endangered animals. Everyday nearly one hundred species from tiny plants to large animals disappear from the earth forever and ecologists estimate that unless we head off the current trend, one fifth of the world’s millions of species of plants and animals will become extinct over the next thirty years. We travel to several places around the world to search out endangered species and find out what’s being done to save them. In the U.S. reintroduction programs are underway for the California Condor and the American crocodile is being carefully studied in southern Florida. In South Africa, the white rhino has made a tremendous comeback and in North Africa, two unique species are still hovering very close to extinction.


SHOW #24 PREDATION TECHNIQUES
By strict definition predators are animals that eat other animals, but the role that they play in nature goes far beyond that. They expertly control the quantity and quality of animal populations below them in the food chain. But life at the top of the food chain is not easy. Predators must rely on their hunting skills for day to day survival. The red tailed racer of Southeast Asia relies on stealth and concealment to hunt and ambush its prey.


SHOW #25 COURTING, NESTING, &RAISING THE YOUNG
For every species from the venomous scorpion to the high flying raptor, the reproductive season is the most critical. All animals must bear and successfully raise enough offspring to offset the mortality rate or face extinction. So to optimize chances for survival, each species has evolved unique systems for courting, nesting, and raising young. The Asian forest scorpion travels with her large brood clinging to her back protecting them from predators until they’re old enough to survive on their own. The silver breasted broadbill and the village weaver make intricate hanging nests to hatch their eggs and hatchlings


SHOW #26 ANIMALS OF MYANMAR
The exotic water dragon and the majestic sandbar deer are just two of the thousands of unique species found in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. This nation has a total land area less than the state of Texas, but holds some of the richest reserves of flora and phona in the world today. The water dragon is uniquely adapted to inhabit both land and water. It shares it’s domain with one of nature’s most colourful reptiles, the tokai gecko.


SHOW #27 LIONS OF SHINDI
The lion has been called the perfect ultimate, the perfect combination of power and stealth. But lions are also some of nature’s most sociable creatures, living in prides of up to thirty individuals, and each pride has a highly evolved social structure that affects all facets of the animals’ lives. The species is designed to depend on the pride for survival, and its elaborate communal existence that sets the lion apart from all other cats. We’ve come to Shindi Island in Botswana Okavango Delta, an area where there is a high concentration of lions, for an in-depth study of the cats that live here.


SHOW #28 ELEPHANTS OF THE OKAVANGO
The African elephant is the largest land animal on Earth, standing up to eleven feet tall, weighing as much as 13,000 pounds, and powerful enough to snap off a tree like this with relative ease. And here in Botswana’s Okavango Delta during the dry season, African elephants still roam in enormous numbers.


SHOW #29 CHEETAHS: MOTHER & CUB
The cheetah is designed for speed with long legs and a stream lined body that can reach speeds up to seventy miles per hour, making it one of the fastest animals in the world. But the cheetah is a short distance sprinter only, so one must be an excellent stalker to get close enough to the prey for the kill.


SHOW #30 WILD DOGS AND IMPALA
The wild dog is the most successful predator in Africa. Equipped with extraordinary endurance, the animals chase antelope for miles, maintaining speeds of up to 35 miles per hour until they exhaust their prey and make the kill. Still, there are less than 2500 wild dogs left in the world and nearly one third of them live in Botswana.


SHOW #31 LIONS-LIFE & DEATH IN THE PRIDE
As a predator, the lion is an undisputed king of African animals, armed with enough power and weaponry to kill other carnivores in its territory. But hunting skill alone is not enough to ensure the survival of a species in this harsh African environment and it’s only a small part of a lion’s success story at the top of the food chain. The pride is what sets the lion apart from all other cats


SHOW #32 HIPPOS, WHITE RHINO AND OTHER MEGAHERBAVORES
In the Okavango Delta hippos inhabit the waterways in high densities and the enormous animals are known to ferociously defend their territory. In South Africa, the white rhino is making a comeback after nearly being wiped out across the continent.


SHOW #33 GIRAFFE & AFRICAN HOOVED ANIMALS
Over the millions of years of all the world’s continents, Africa has become the land of the hoofed animal. Each species has developed its own mechanisms for feeding, mating, rearing young, and surviving. I’ve come to Southern Africa to follow the giraffe and other uniquely evolved hoofed animals in the wild. The zebra, with its sometime verbal social structure and expertise for escaping predators.


SHOW #34 PREDATORY INVERTEBRATES
The predators that roam Asia’s tropical forest (like the Asian tiger and the giant python) are legendary, but here in one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems there are hundreds of lesser known species that prey upon others and pound for pound none are more ferocious or efficient hunters than the predatory invertebrates.


SHOW #35 ANIMALS OF THE OKAVANGA DELTA
The Okavango River (unlike most rivers) never reaches the sea. Instead it spills out over the sands of the Kalahari basin, creating the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This vast southern African oasis is one of the most remote and untouched wilderness areas on the planet, and one of the richest wildlife havens in the world. The sheer number of free ranging animals in the Delta in unmatched. This region is home to over one hundred species of mammals and their population densities are greater here than almost anywhere else in Africa. And the diversity of the creatures in the Delta is staggering. From the highly social and intelligent primates to the most ferocious of predators.


SHOW #36 ANIMALS OF THE AFRICAN WATERHOLE
Even now at the end of the rainy season when water is abundant everywhere, many species base their lives around the waterhole. They rely on this natural reservoir not only for a life giving drink but also as a necessary food source.


SHOW #37 LEOPARDS & OTHER STALKERS OF THE AFRICAN NIGHT
The leopard is secretive and illusive by a master of stealth, stalking within five yards of its prey before pouncing and making the kill. And pound for pound, it’s probably the strongest cat, able to kill a coodoo three times its size, or carry a one hundred and fifty pound impala up a tree.


SHOW #38 THE BOBCAT OF MONTANA
From the long, stream lined body and powerful legs to the highly developed senses; nature has equipped the bobcat to be an expert hunter. The cat stalks silently or waits for hours without moving until prey comes along, and then it strikes with precision. And even though it’s the most common wildcat in North America, few people ever see this elusive animal.


SHOW #39 THE AMERICAN BADGER
Pound for pound the American badger may be the world’s greatest natural excavator….sometimes to escape a predator it simply digs a fortress on the spot, showering dirt in the face of the enemy to keep it at bay. But the badger is also a formidable adversary, able to fight off animals several times its size. And it’s a skilled hunter of rodents and small game.


SHOW #40 BEAR CUBS
Both species of these large omnivores are examined up-close. The gregarious black bear, capable of climbing trees and fiercely protective of its young. And of course, the enormous grizzly bear, standing over 8 feet tall with enormous claws - especially useful for fishing salmon out of the river.




SHOW #41 RATTLESNAKES!
Travel across North America for a ground level view of over half a dozen species of these fascinating and potentially lethal pit vipers.  From the aggressive Western Diamondback of the southwest, to the fascinating Sidewinder of the Mojave Desert; Safari brings the lightning strike of the rattlesnake into your living room.


SHOW #42 THE COUGAR - MOUNTAIN LION IN NORTH AMERICA
Stare face to face with these seldom seen predators of the Rocky Mountain habitat.  Safari follows a majestic young female cougar as she faces the challenges of surviving in the wild.  From her first springtime hunt and kill, to potentially deadly encounters with other large carnivores.


SHOW #43  REAL DRAGONS - JOURNEY TO THE ISLAND OF KOMODO
Travel to the only place in the world where these prehistoric lizards are still found in the wild.  On the island of Komodo in Indonesia, only a few hundred of these 10 foot long monitors still thrive, killing and consuming any sort of prey that happens to cross their path; from small insects to mammals as big as themselves.


SHOW #44 SUMATRAN TIGER AND ASIAN LIONS
Discover these extraordinarily unique and large predators that hover on the brink of extinction. Safari brings you rare footage of the last remaining subspecies of Tiger in Indonesia and hunts with the remnants of the only population of Lions in all of Asia. 


SHOW #45 PROBOSCIS MONKEY
Travel to Borneo, the only place where Proboscis Monkeys may be found. These monkeys, which are one of the most interesting members of the primate world, are also one of the most unusual looking creatures on the planet.


SHOW #46 ORANGUTANS: THE SILENT FOREST KINGS
Swing from tree to tree with the most endangered apes on the planet.  Safari gets up close and personal with these gentle giants for an inside look at their complex behaviour.  See how a mother Orang-utan protects her baby from the dangers of the forest, and watch as a young male sets out to claim a territory and his mates.


SHOW #47 INDIA’S LEGACY:  The TIGERS OF RANTHAMBHORE
The tiger is without a doubt one of nature’s most awesome creatures.  The average male measures almost ten feet in length from the nose to the tip of the tail, and is powerful enough to bring down prey twice its size with relative ease. The first time you see a tiger roaming the forests of India, it’s easy to understand why these magnificent cats have provided so much inspiration for poets and storytellers throughout the ages. Come to Ranthambore National Park, one of the last places to find these magnificent cats and take a firsthand look at tigers in the wild and how they interact with their direct competition, the leopard.


SHOW #48 PREDITORY INSTINCT
Throughout recorded history nature’s predators have been the most grossly misunderstood and unjustly persecuted creatures in the animal kingdom. Most cultures viewed them as nothing more than cruel and evil vermin to be exterminated. But today we are finally able to see nature’s hunters in a different light. Now we realize that a healthy ecosystem requires a healthy balance of predators, and understanding them is essential to understanding nature itself. Join host John Ross for a face to face look into the world of the predator.


SHOW #49 PREDITORS and the ECOSYSTEM
By strict definition predators are animals that eat other animals, but the role that they play in nature goes far beyond that.  They expertly control the quantity and quality of animal populations below them in the food chain.  But life at the top of the food chain is not easy.  Predators must rely on their hunting skills for day to day survival. Unfortunately, this killing instinct and the brutality of the hunt has caused predators to be grossly misunderstood and unjustly persecuted. Today we’re finally able to see nature’s hunters in a different light.  Now we realize that a healthy ecosystem requires a healthy balance of predators, and understanding them is essential to understanding nature itself.


SHOW #50 ANIMALS at PLAY
Anyone one who’s ever watched a river otter at play will never forget it. And even the most sceptical of scientists agree the animals appear to do what they do just because they enjoy it.  In nature nearly all of the more highly evolved animals exhibit behaviours that we would characterise as play. From huge bears to the smallest mammals the young spend a considerable time playing. .  Scientists who study animal behaviours carefully observe and record every detail of these activities. In most cases they believe that play performs a definite function in the development process of the young animal.  But especially in species considered to be more intelligent, these behaviours continue into adulthood when a practical purpose is much harder to find. Join us for an intimate look at animals at play in the wild.


SHOW #51 The Last ASIATIC LIONS
This episode takes you to Gir National Park in Western India, home to the world’s only remaining Asiatic Lions. At one time this lion sub-species roamed all across Northern India, but over hunting and loss of habitat has reduced their numbers to the few hundred that still exist here. There are so few Asiatic lions left that the success of even 1 family unit is vitally important to the future of these endangered cats. So I’ve come here to follow a lioness and her 2 cubs over the course of a year for a firsthand look at the challenges they face and the issues critical to the survival of Asiatic lions on the planet.


SHOW #52 The MONGOOSE and the SNAKE
Enormous Cobras and other deadly snakes are a fact of life for the nearly 900,000 people in India.  Safari examines the lives of these snakes in the remaining areas of Indian wilderness and shows how the natural struggle between predator and prey is an absolutely necessary part of the natural world.


SHOW #53 Unique WILDLIFE of INDIA
About 200 million years ago a huge land mass began breaking up. Part of it moved northward, eventually crashing into Eurasia; and becoming what we now know as the subcontinent of India. Over the ages this area was destined to become one of the richest wildlife habitats on the planet. Well today when you think of wildlife in India, you probably envision a tiger stalking through the jungle. But even in a relatively small area such as Ranthambhore National Park, there’s so much more. With a core area of only 158 square miles, this forest supports one of the richest populations of unique wildlife on earth.


SHOW #54 India’s ENDANGERED WILDLIFE
From the worship of animals and animal gods, to snake charmers, no culture on earth has been so completely entwined with its wildlife than that of India. And today that very close relationship between people and wild animals continues, in the mythology, religion and everyday lives of most Indians. But what is undergoing a very rapid change, is the wildlife itself. Today, India’s wild animals are sharing a land that comprises 3 percent of the earth's land mass with 20 percent of the world human population, which continues to grow at an alarming rate. Our host takes us there to seek out some of the most endangered species on the planet, and find out how these animals, historically revered in Indian culture, are now faring in the face of severe habitat encroachment.


SHOW #55 Hunters of the Sky: INDIAN BIRDS of PREY
Birds that hunt from above are some of nature’s most highly skilled creatures.  First they must have senses acute enough to pinpoint tiny prey in the distance. Then they need the coordination carry out the very difficult task of flying and diving onto their quarry often when it too is moving.  In India there are 60 species of raptors as well as many other birds that hunt from the sky.  Each has evolved its own adaptations and methods to be successful.  Sharp eyesight, aerodynamic design and a lethal arsenal of weapons are characteristics that set   predatory birds apart from other species. These airborne hunters play an important part in the ecosystem, helping to regulate their prey populations.  Also, as scavengers many play a major role in maintaining a healthy habitat for the survival of all species.  


SHOW #56 The North American BLACK BEAR of the ROCKIES
Surprisingly agile, the adult black bear of North America exhibits fascinating behaviours during the warmer months of the year.  Follow a young female bear through courting, mating and raising young.


SHOW #57 The Yellowstone GRIZZLY BEAR
The largest land carnivore in the Rockies, the awesome Grizzly bear, stands over ten feet tall on its hind legs.  Safari follows a male and a female as they hunt and forage for food separately, then they join up to mate.  Watch the female raise her cubs.  See the huge male hunt and kill a deer and defend it from a hungry pack of wolves.


SHOW #58 RED FOX
The wily red fox is both a skilled hunter and a tenacious scavenger.  Follow a mother fox as she gives birth to tiny kits in her den, and then raises them and shields them from the dangers of the natural world.  Watch the red fox hunt and kill its food.  And see what happens when it comes across other predators of its domain.


SHOW #59 WOLVERINE
Ravenous, fearless and ferocious; the wolverine attacks and kills its prey with the same determination that it stands up to predators ten times its size.   Watch the wolverine face down a pack of wolves and chase a bear up a tree!  See the wolverine on the hunt, chasing and killing its quarry with surprising speed.


SHOW #60 Voracious PREDATORS of the WEASEL FAMILY
The weasel family got its start when nature evolved predators with long bodies and short legs to hunt the nooks and crannies of the forest floor. In more recent evolution, these animals adapted further to fill specialized niches, until today, the various members of the weasel family are suited for hunting everywhere - from under water to high in the trees. Join us, as we explore the world of these unusual and fascinating animals.




SHOW #61 RACCOON
The raccoon got its name from an Algonquin Indian word that means, “He who scratches with his hands”. The Algonquians were familiar with the animals common behaviour that looks like it’s washing its food before it eats. Even today we’re not precisely sure why raccoons often dip their foods in water. But we do believe that rather than washing, their probably kneading or feeling for hard or indigestible parts they need to discard. And that shows remarkable dexterity and intelligence.


SHOW #62 ALASKAN BROWN BEAR
The brown bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore on earth, and the most widely distributed of all bears. Now with this information, you’d normally think this would be a very successful species, and for thousands of years it was. But today it’s extinct or seriously threatened everywhere in its range around the world, except for the most remote and undeveloped regions of wilderness.


SHOW #63 AQUATIC ANIMALS
From hunting, to simply surviving the River Otter seems to add a bit of “play” into everything he does. The exotic water dragon and the majestic sandbar deer are just two of the thousands of unique species found in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar. The water dragon is uniquely adapted to inhabit both land and water. It shares it’s domain with one of nature’s most colourful reptiles, the tokai gecko. Witness the hunt and the kill and encounter the highly endangered North American crocodile.


SHOW #64 MASTERS of SLEUTH
John will share with you the history behind the ever-elusive North American lynx. Learn more about their unique behaviour, and their interactions as they play predator to their prey. The snake is much more than just a hazard. In the ecosystem, it performs an important service. John Ross comes to this Southeast Asian country of Thailand, known for its reptiles, to search out some of the world’s most fascinating snakes. Each has uniquely evolved to efficiently hunt and survive. You will surely find interest in observing coyotes, the animals that travel in packs, and the hierarchy that inevitably develops


SHOW #65 ANIMALS OF THE FROZEN WINTER
John will be taking you on an in-depth look at one of the most majestic animals to be found in the arctic – the Polar Bear. Known commonly as “Snow Monkeys”, the Japanese Macaques are found in the freezing temperatures found in the Japanese Alps. You will learn of how the Macaques came to exist in Japan, and of the evolvement of their social rituals and survival as deforestation and development threaten their continued existence. This is truly an engaging look at the evolution of one remarkable animal. What better way to learn about the coyote than to spend an entire year following a pack of them within their rocky mountain home. From warm summers to harsh winters, watch as they attempt to successfully meet, and survive, the challenges nature can unpredictably offer. A trip to the heavily timbered areas of Canada and the northern United States is where we share with you the history behind the ever-elusive North American lynx.


SHOW #66 SPECTACULAR ANIMAL BATTLES
See the survival fighting techniques of such animals as the Coyote, Lynx, Polar Bear and scorpion. Learn more about the unique behaviour of the North American lynx, and their interactions as they play predator to their prey – the Snowshoe rabbit. The Polar Bear, with weights in excess of a thousand pounds, heights stretching to twelve feet, upright…one would hardly envision them to be curious and playful. You will how they survive as predator and prey


SHOW #67 ANIMAL GIANTS
John Ross pays tribute to the many people involved in studying and saving the populations of white rhino, moose, elephant, and hippo. The white rhino, ONE of the world’s many endangered animals, has made a tremendous comeback. The Asian or Indian elephant once roamed Asia in huge numbers. A hundred years ago there were more than 70,000 wild elephants in Thailand. Today that number is down to less than 2000. In the Okavango Delta hippos inhabit the waterways in high densities and the enormous animals are known to ferociously defend their territory. In South Africa, the white rhino is making a comeback after nearly being wiped out across the continent.


SHOW #68 ANIMALS and HUMANS
The Asian or Indian elephant was roamed Asia in huge numbers. Thailand especially had huge numbers. A hundred years ago there were more than 70,000 wild elephants in Thailand. Today that number is down to less than 2000. The Asian elephant live in the protection of national parks and reserves, all across Asia. An alarming decrease in elephant numbers has occurred due to poaching, habitat destruction, and human encroachment. Now some experts say the Asian elephant is destined for extinction. See the success of the Wolf Reintroduction Program at Yellowstone and the changes that can occur when people become actively involved, and concern them with the preciousness of our wildlife.


SHOW #69 ARACHNIDS
To optimize chances for survival, each species has evolved unique systems for courting, nesting, and raising young. The Asian forest scorpion travels with her large brood clinging to her back protecting them from predators until they’re old enough to survive on their own. The giant spider and the Asian forest scorpion are just a few of the thousands unique species that exist only in the world’s tropical forest. Tropical forests are the richest terrestrial ecosystems on earth, containing thousands of species that have yet to be studied, and undoubtedly thousands more remain undiscovered. The Tarantula and the Centipede are species that prey upon others and pound for pound none are more ferocious or efficient hunters than the predatory invertebrates.


SHOW #70 INGENIOUS ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS
Take an engaging look at the “Snow Monkeys”, otherwise known as the Japanese Macaques, found in the Japanese Alps. Travel to the California/Oregon border, to Klamath Basin; get a good look at the beautiful, and rare, Bald eagle. You will learn of the eagle’s enormous strength, its hunting methods, and many other interesting aspects of its lifestyle. Take a look at the Great Hornbill’s most unusual feature is its nesting ritual. The female seals herself into a tree hollow for three to four months while her chick incubates and hatches. Join John Ross on this fascinating community of wildlife, and learn of the survival techniques of the desert tortoise. You will not only see how they survive as predator and prey, but also how their bodies have uniquely evolved to combat the harsh environmental conditions.


SHOW #71 ANIMALS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN PRAIRIES
The North American Pronghorn – indigenous solely to this continent, and yet, another species whose existence depends on the care and concern of humans. Learn about the birthing and family manners of the Red fox, who mate and split up shortly thereafter. John Ross will take you on a trip to study the behaviour and general lifestyle of the Prairie Falcon. In the Rocky Mountains, spring is the most important season of all for wildlife. When it arrives, nature works at a furious pace. Bison calves are already moving with the herds, and the elk calves are not far behind.


SHOW #72 RAVENOUS REPTILES
Share what’s on the menu for Alligators, Lizards and Snakes in this feast of an episode. The Alligator silently stalks the waters of Florida and pounces on its reluctant prey. Accidents often occur when Alligators mistake household pets for prey and find themselves stranded in backyard swimming pools. The Gila Monster, 1 of only 2 venomous lizards known in the world, found in Arizona has the appearance of beads in the colours black, pink, orange and yellow, injects venom through its teeth in the lower jaw into its prey. We also follow the deadly Cobra and Red Tailed Racer hunting for unsuspected prey in the Tropical Rainforests of Thailand.


SHOW #73 WILDLIFE OF YELLOWSTONE
This is the most important season for all wildlife in the Rocky Mountains is spring. With the new generation that comes into the world today, lies the ultimate future of the species. One of the best places in the world to observe this cycle of life first hand is in the United States oldest national park, Yellowstone. We follow a variety of typical Yellowstone animals over the course of a year, as they go about their daily struggle to survive.


SHOW #74 ASIAN ANIMALS
Tropical forests are the richest terrestrial ecosystems on earth, containing thousands of species that have yet to be studied, and undoubtedly thousands more remain undiscovered. The Asian or Indian elephant was roamed Asia in huge numbers. Thailand especially had huge numbers. A hundred years ago there were more than 70,000 wild elephants in Thailand. Today that number is down to less than 2000. And all of them live in the protection of the countries national parks and reserves. The song of the gibbon echoing through the forest is a something you’ll never forget. There are three species of these tree dwelling apes here in Thailand.


SHOW #75 EXOTIC BIRDS OF THE WORLD
The Red Crown Crane has the captured the imagination of artists and poets in the hearts of Japanese people for centuries. At one time the birds were common throughout Japan and much of Asia. In the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, home to a wide array of unusual animals, the hornbill stands out as one of the most fascinating birds in the world. The silver breasted broadbill and the village weaver make intricate hanging nests to hatch their eggs and hatchlings. Take you to the remote Sheratoco Peninsula to view the Stellars Sea eagle, whose wing span can exceed eight feet, and is considered to be the third largest eagle in the world.


SHOW #76 MONKEYS AND APES OF ASIA
Learn of how the Macaques came to exist in Japan, and of the evolvement of their social rituals and survival as deforestation and development threaten their continued existence. Travel to Borneo, the only place where Probiscis Monkeys may be found. These monkeys, which are one of the most interesting members of the primate world, are also one of the most unusual looking creatures on the planet. The song of the gibbon echoing through the forest is a something you’ll never forget. There are three species of these tree dwelling apes here in Thailand.


SHOW #77 WILD PLACES
Tropical forests are the richest terrestrial ecosystems on earth, containing thousands of species that have yet to be studied, and undoubtedly thousands more remain undiscovered. You will learn of how the Macaques came to exist in Japan, and of the evolvement of their social rituals and survival as deforestation and development threaten their continued existence. Travel to the exotic land of Morocco, and join John Ross as he takes a close-up look at – in addition to the Bald Ibis and the Barbary sheep – the wide variety of other animals occupying this beautiful, yet sometimes unforgiving, North African country. Ranging from freezing to well above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the desert is populated by some of the most amazing plants and animals that have ingeniously adapted to the environment.


SHOW #78 THE CLEVER CANINE
You will learn of the cause behind the wolf’s extermination and, subsequently, his restoration. What better way to learn about the coyote than to spend an entire year following a pack of them within their rocky mountain home. From warm summers to harsh winters, watch as they attempt to successfully meet, and survive, the challenges nature can unpredictably offer. The wild dog is the most successful predator in Africa. Equipped with extraordinary endurance, the animals chase antelope for miles, maintaining speeds of up to 35 miles per hour until they exhaust their prey and make the kill.


 

 
 

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