Africa’s most efficient clean-up creatures just happen to be birds. Vultures may not be the continent’s prettiest but they do do a job and a vital one in a land of killing, stealing and leaving the spoils of war. In this episode watch how nature’s “garbage-men” use incredible adaptations to deal with decay. A truly inspiring look at oddly beautiful vultures.
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Nothing says Africa like herd of elephants roaming across the plains! This episode is all about the many! Magnificent elephants in one of nature’s largest natural places. We spend time with them as these social animals eat, fight, search for and find water. A beautiful space with nature’s gentle giants.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum Following on from the multiple award-winning "Limits of Perception" and "Time Limits", this is the third and final part of the trilogy of films that explores the limits of our everyday perceptions and beyond, showing that the world is a far more remarkable place than most of us ever realise. Humans are visual creatures -- sight is our main sense. Yet our eyes often deceive us in peculiar ways. There is far more to light than meets the eye. This fascinating documentary explores the human's visible spectrum of light and ventures even further into territories we cannot sense by ourselves without technical equipment: from coloured light to gamma rays, that could destroy all life on Earth, as well as radio waves, without which our modern society would be impossible. The film also follows the great pioneers, from Newton and Einstein, to Herschel and Roentgen, whose genius uncovered the marvels of the electro-magnetic spectrum and took us far beyond the limits of light.
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Elegance and gentleness are all associated with giraffes. This episode focuses on their adaptability to desert conditions as well as thick savannah bushveld in various biomes across Africa.
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Africa’s top predator is the wild dog. Related to the wolf these carnivores are celebrated in this episode as we look at their highly social behaviour in one of Africa’s wildest and most predator dense areas, the Kruger National Park. Here up to 8 packs of wild dogs stick to their different territories or home ranges while hunting at dawn and dusk to keep their numbers strong. They may be top predator of Africa in terms of hunting, but they rank fourth in the list of strength… they need to dodge the many prides of lion and clans of hyenas in this dense bush to stay alive. This is an action packed episode filled with dog drama!
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Africa’s penguins live in colonies along the southern shoreline and this episode looks at a colony of penguins during an annual moult. Feathers are dotted all over the beach-line while penguins are at their most vulnerable having lost their insulation coat. This is a look at this most important phase of their lives when they are bound to the beaches, safe from ocean predators but most definitely vulnerable on land while they wait for their coat of feathers!
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Subscribe to watch full natural history and science documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsof... Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum It is the world's most mysterious manuscript. A book, written by an unknown author, illustrated with pictures that are as bizarre as they are puzzling -- and written in a language that even the best cryptographers have been unable to decode. No wonder that this script even has a part in Dan Brown's latest bestseller "The Lost Symbol".
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Mangrove swamps are a place of contrast, where dry meets wet, and where salt water meets fresh. The creatures who call this home are fish who live out of water for hours but don’t breathe oxygen, shell living organisms like whelks who move with the moon... over a month! And the ten-legged crabs are no exception to these oddities! Fiddler crab males own a pincer claw almost as large as their whole body which are used to impress females, and red mangrove crabs go to war for salty dead yellow leaves that fall between demarcated territories. This is a place of mystery, uniqueness and of course there is always wonder in this African swampland!
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While tiger populations around the world are crashing, tiger numbers in a remote nature reserve in Sumatra, Indonesia are increasing. Here even man killers are being rehabilitated and released into the wild. The man behind this unique conservation project is Indonesian tycoon, Tomy Winata. Tomy’ s ambitious plan now includes releasing a tiger born in captivity into the wild, will it survive and can the experiment transform conservation practices and save the Sumatran tiger?
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Africa’s bushpig may be nothing pretty to look at! But these ugly beasts are adapted survivors to Africa’s harsh environs. From their unpleasant-looking tusks to their stubby flat-plate noses to their padded knees, these little hardy animals are amazing to study further and this episode show she wonder behind these little battle tanks!
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The Morava river with its forests is one of the most beautiful and ecologically valuable riverscapes featuring the richest biodiversity in all of Central Europe. Like a green ribbon, the riverine forests of the Morava – together with those of the Danube and the Dyje – link the Alps with the Carpathians, forming a bridge between Eastern and Central Europe. The influence of the Pannonian climate with its hot and dry summers combines with the slowly receding high waters to form a mosaic of extremely different habitats: moist meadows lie close to sand dunes, riverine forests alternate with dry primeval oak forests. This enormous diversity of habitats creates a refuge for animal and plant species, a specific composition that cannot be found in any other place.
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The Pielach, with a length of 67.5 km, is a little known river at the foothills of the Alps, though biologically speaking, flowing through hidden natural treasures, it is one of Austria’s most valuable running waters. While the valley of the Pielach was settled by mammoth hunters as early as the ancient Stone Age, Celts and Romans left their traces later.
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It doesn’t get any cuter than this fluffy, furry, funny episode! Cubs, puppies and lambs make this a gorgeous exploration of the wildest but sweetest animals on the toughest continent on earth! Spend time with them before they toughen up for the life ahead...
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The horse of Africa, in a place of browns and greens, these black and white wonders are special. We look at their social structure and how their stripes add beauty to one of the planet’s most iconic places.
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Water horse of Africa’s rivers, also known as Africa’s most dangerous animal, hippos spend their days in water, but the little known night life of a hippo is charming! One of the world’s largest animals that lives in both land and water.They spend the cooler evening hours traversing the country-side for their favourite morsel, the sausage from the sausage tree. A unique look at the lesser known habits and adaptations of hippos.
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Massive herds of Buffalo cover the thick acacia scrub of the bushveld and their randomness is actually planned. With pathfinders and matriarchal subsets controlled by bulls, there is a sophisticated social structure to these animals. Feared by many predators but loved just as equally for their taste, this episode explores the complex hierarchy of Buffalo life.
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The Lembeh strait in the northern part of the Idonesian island of Sulawesi is a unique hotspot of marine biodiversity. Countless amazing creatures thrive in the underwater landscape surrounding Lembeh island. During four years a wildlife filmmaker couple spent many months in the region capturing hundreds of hours of behavior, lots of it never filmed before. Among other unique behavior the filmmakers were able to shoot an Anglerfish swallowing a Lionfish, a scene resembling Godzilla gulping down Dracula. Elegant seahorses, thumb-splitting Mantis shrimp, and deadly mini-octopuses are just some of the remarkable creatures traditional underwater films tend to overlook. As most of the underwater drama is hidden from plain sight only the groundbreaking macro photography in this film can reveal the awe and beauty of life in the Reef of Little Monsters.
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It’s springtime, the air is tepid, the skylarks chirp, and spring flowers cover the meadows and the forest grounds. Out of a pile of leaves a fluttery, sniffling snout tip appears: it’s a hedgehog awakening from its winter sleep heading into the light of a new year, having only two things in mind: food and finding a partner.This documentary accompanies for a year one of the most popular yet still unknown animals of our landscape. The hedgehog is not only part of the oldest mammal species on our planet, newest findings disclose that it will stay among us for many years to come. Neither the massive destruction of natural habitats nor the horrendous road kill can seriously endanger its population.
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Spring in the desert can be a beautiful sight, but very few places on earth are as spectacular as spring in the Namaqualand. World famous for its spring flowers, home also to the elusive caracal and scrub hare this is a spectacle of an episode. Breathtaking timelapses, stunning scenics and HDR landscapes provide a feast for the eyes as this dramatic desert of Africa comes alive.
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Africa’s largest antelope are revered by the bushman as soulful and elegant carriers of the spirit. Here we observe this in spectacularly varied national parks across Southern Africa who are all home to these large herbivores.
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The red deer is he biggest and the most common species in Central Europe. It's still there because of its adaptability; when hunters intruded into their habitat and pushed them further back in the forest, the reed deer survived. This film will focus on the difference between the commonly confused red deer and roe and portrays the surrounding animal world of the red deer. It will also show dangers the deer is exposed to due to the reappearance of wolves and bears and an overbearing human presence.
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Baja California stretches 750 miles southwards from its famous neighbour, the State of California. On either side of this narrow strip of land lie the rich waters of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. The peninsula, for the most part, is desert. Stark but beautiful, its raw landscape, naked rocks and giant cactus contrast with the crystal blue waters of the sea that surrounds it. Isolated from other deserts Baja and the Sea of Cortez are home to weird plants and unique creatures that evolved here coping with this most extreme of places. This is a rare opportunity to see the Boojum, for example, that looks more like a 10 meter high upside down parsnip than a true plant, the blue-footed boobies that each year perform their comical courtship or Lizards that eat flies so salty they would kill them, had they not enlarged nostrils with salt glands.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history and science documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum Southeast Asia at its best. 85% of the country is untouched nature, widespread forests, steep mountains and wide river valleys, but also cool high plateaus and savannahs. The primeval forests support a fauna like something out of a fairy tale, with elephants, tigers, leopards, and some of the rarest animal species on the planet. Species never seen by humans are discovered at regular intervals. In recent decades, the few large mammals to be described for the first time were all found in Indochina and experts assume that most of them are at home in Laos: wild oxen such as the saola and kuprey or the truong son munjak. No outsider has ever seen a living specimen of the latter; its existence is only known indirectly, through skeletons, horns and bag that are occasionally found in remote villages. And there is the Mekong, one of the last untamed rivers on Earth. Fed by hundreds of tributaries, it is one of the richest freshwater systems on the planet, comparable only with the Congo or Amazon. This is where the Mekong catfish lives. At 3 meters long and weighing in at 300 kilograms, this monster must be the largest freshwater fish on earth.
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This film explores the hidden worlds of these remote valleys, and uncovers a wealth of nature, from bears and salamanders to vultures and flying squirrels. But human culture here is as rich as the natural history.
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After beginning in Vienna, the Danube riverbank forests extend to the gates of Bratislava, linking the two capitals like a green ribbon, forming a unique wildlife habitat in the heart of Europe. A few years ago a 36 kilometer section was turned into a national park that now protects the last undeveloped stretch of the Danube river and also the last riparian zone of its size in Central Europe.
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No creature can live without this magic mineral -- and no living organism can produce it on its own. Amoebas, algae or humans -- all life-forms are completely at the mercy of this simple chemical compound. In all bodies of water on earth, there is salt in abundance, and animals and humans have always been able to extract the valuable crystals from water -- directly through their organs or with the aid of evaporation in salt lagoons.
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We all tend to focus on Africa’s predators and less so on the prey. Impala are plentiful as the “McDonalds” of the savannah! But here we look at their family structure, eating habits and territorial fighting or rutting in one of Africa’s biggest national parks with the highest numbers of Impalas… and Lions!
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The youngest of Austria’s national parks is also the country’s biggest continuous forest area. Ten million trees make the labyrinthine, fissured karst formations of the Reichraming and Sensen mountain ranges an endless green wilderness. But these mountain forests that were originally almost impenetrable lie in the midst of Austria’s iron industry. For more than a thousand years, it supplied the fuel for smelting iron from innumerable little mines in the region, especially from the Styrian Erzberg.
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Nothing says animal of the ages quite like these prehistoric looking beasts. In this episode we celebrate the beauty, (yes, there is beauty to a rhino!) of these magnificent and iconic animals of Africa.
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Less than an hour’s drive south of Hungary’s capital Budapest, Central Europe’s last and only wandering sand dunes surprise the traveller. These dunes are some 600 feet high and in continuous motion, shaping a landscape one would only expect in Africa. Spring storms whip up giant clouds of fine sand that darken the sun and loom over the low Kecskemet plain.
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In the very heart of Europe, precisely in the centre of Austria, lies one of the most marvellous beauty spots of the Alps – a woodland, water and mountain wilderness that shuns no comparison with, say, wild Canada. Yet its rivers and lakes, ice-clad peaks, deep gorges and giant caves are just a stone’s throw away from picturesque cultural centres where Austria’s monarchs spent their summers.
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At the edge of the Dead Mountains lies an enchanting, sparsely populated area – the inner Alm Valley. Especially in winter up to 120 half-grown ravens gather in the area around the wild animal park to steal food. This is the biggest permanent settlement of ravens in all of central Europe. They are blacker than night and smarter than parrots: ravens are capable of astonishing mental feats. How well does their bird’s brain really work? This documentary probes deep into the raven’s soul and follows his awkward flight around the entire globe.The film tells about the life and activities of the ravens. It tells about the observation of the Corpus Christi holiday and the magical "Echo Blowing" at Alm lake, about bringing the cattle down from the high lying pastures and about the hunt. About the idyllic research institute with all its residents – the students, the geese, chickens, dogs and sheep – and about Cumberland Wild Animal Park that inconspicuously and harmoniously hugs the shore of the Alm.
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For as long as there has been human memory we have been fascinated by mountains.They have been forced up by the mighty inner forces of the planet. And they are worn down by the forces of wind and flowing water and ice, and by perhaps the greatest force of all -- time.They have been places both of spiritual retreat and high peaks to be conquered. Places where humans have stretched their powers of endurance to the very limits or have searched for peace and tranquillity.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum In Bohemia, at the very heart of Europe, south of the Golden City of Prague and guarded by medieval castles, lies a hidden mosaic of lakes and gently flowing rivers, of misty forests and mysterious peat bogs.This important wetland, shaped both by nature and centuries of influence by man, is a magnet for huge flocks of birds and home to an amazing diversity of plant and animal life. In spring there is an explosion of life as the trees are weighed down with nests of cormorants, egrets, herons and storks. With the arrival of winter the landscape becomes silent and desolate. Otters are hunting fish under the ice of frozen lakes while White-tailed Eagles soar over gaps in the ice, targeting fish and birds. Since his early childhood wildlife cinematographer Jiri Petr has spent much of his time in this wildlife paradise. Together with him, we will explore this remarkable habitat and observe the changing faces of nature during the course of one year that inspired many artists and writers alike.
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A dragon hatched from the volcanic furnaces of Gondwanaland. Ancient almost beyond comprehension, yet a living thing. And vast, stretching across a subcontinent, its spine arching above the clouds... No lucky dragon, this. Starvation festers beneath the shimmering green of its skin. But to the creatures that live along its flanks, it can be a bountiful provider as well as a remorseless destroyer. Today we call it the Drakensberg, or «Dragon Mountain». «Drakensberg» is a dynamic documentary journey through the life of this ever-astonishing mountain. It is also a story of animal survival in a landscape of overwhelming, pitiless power.
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With large tufted ears, a short tail and a trusting look, one could almost believe that lynxes are just big cats. In their hearts, however, they are wild and untamed. They are the tigers of Europe. This is the story of a hard earned friendship. On the one side is Milos Majda, a quiet, nature loving ranger at the Mala Fatra national park in Slovakia. On the other side are two small lynxes, fresh from the zoo. With Milos' help, it's hoped the lynxes will return to the home of their ancestors in the forests of Mala Fatra in the heart of Slovakia. For two years Milos Majda and the biologist and animal filmmaker Tomas Hulik follow the journey of the lynx siblings from their warm nursery inside a cabin into the wilderness.
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Surrounded by barren cities, sterile concrete or over maintained, uniform patches of green, more and more animals are losing their last places of retreat. The city continues to grow inexorably but, where humans fail to impose their order, nature sprouts and crawls out of the tiny cracks in the asphalt and concrete and re-conquers its territory.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum Springs, streams, ponds, lakes and rivers have forged our landscape over thousands of years. The film retraces the water's journey - from the glacier down into the valley, through the mountains to its source, illustrating the beauty of natural, smaller lakes in Austria with their fascinating world of flora and fauna and tells the story of enchanted cliffs, a spectacular underwater world, dragons, ancient species of fish, as well as of speleologists and modern science.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum Namaqualand - the setting for an annual wildlife fairytale. Every year in the narrow window between the cold wet winter and scorchingly-hot, dry summer, flowers of all description bloom in carpets of colours unimaginable, insects of equal diversity pollinate and predate, and everything form meerkats to ostriches breed. This film chronicles the magical transformation of a landscape - from the fantasy of fields of flowers to the harsh realities of a desert, and back again and uses a gang of meerkats and a group of ostriches as main characters who develop during the seasonal changes.
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An aristocratic demon hunting for fresh human blood, who strikes unsuspecting mortals at night – everyone knows the grim story of Count Dracula. A legend from medieval Romania or interpreted by a writer of horror stories? Now scientists can reveal the truth: The vampire story as we know isn’t modelled on a medieval count from Transylvania but on the fate of a Bohemian princess from the early 18th century. Behind the walls of the dark and giant castle of Czech Krumlov lived a beautiful princess. She suffered from an allergy to light and could only leave her living quarters secretly at night. As a terrible fear of vampires swept central Europe at that time the people of the small village went into hysterics and committed a horrible crime. 250 years later a team of archeologists finds a skeleton of a woman buried in Czech Krumlov according to vampire rituals at: the head of the skeleton had been separated and laid between the bones of the legs, the thorax run through with a wooden implement. This documentary traces the origins of all the vampire myths by uncovering a gruesome murder.
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The savannah’s changing seasons are a spectacle to witness. Here the seasons rise and fall in a cycle as old as time where the dry dusty land gives way to plentiful lushness. We witness these seasons from the inhabitants who live here, the baboons, elephants and predators in one of Africa’s most famous wild spaces, the Kruger National Park.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum «Snow is snow is snow» one might be tempted to say. Yet people in the Arctic have hundred of different names for snow while other cultures have never seen it. Nor is snowfall the same as snowfall. In this extraordinary documentary we are going to witness very different kinds and situations of snowing: from howling blizzards to the gentlest and loveliest of weather events, from huge handkerchiefs quietly falling to the needle-sharp attack of hard, heavy grains. Snow - what is it really? How is it created - naturally and artificially? Thanks to CGI and new camera techniques we can actually see this process for the first time and listen to the incredible, inaudible music of snowfall, of myriads of tiny crystals touching and rolling and settling. Each snowflake is unique and bears more secrets than we could imagine. Did you know that different kinds of music influence the crystallisation process and the shape of snowflakes? And have you ever imagined that we would be able to produce artificial snow that melts at 30 degrees Celsius? With this in mind: just let it snow!
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Two places and one mountain in the Austrian province of Tyrol changed the world. They took humankind from the depth of the Middle Ages to modern times. They helped the Habsburgs and the German commercial traders in attaining power and wealth. Here is where 80 percent of the world’s silver supply was mined.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum This is a journey form the smallest manmade hole - by removing just one single atom - to the edge of the universe. Man has finally succeeded in making the ancient dream of Greek philosophers come true - to «see» an atom. In another direction we also seem to have unlimited sight: the «Hubble Telescope» grants us a glimpse of the remotest galaxies. This documentary assesses the limits of human perception, taking us on a journey through time from the quasars, millions of light-years away from earth, via the wonders of our populated world to the depths of human genotype and the structure of a single atom. «Limits of Perception» promises a filmic journey of exploration from micro- into macrocosm.
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They cannot tolerate sunlight; some of them are even blind. However they are one of the world’s most ingenious builders: Termites. They build high-risers without any technical devices that are, compared to the Empire State Building in New York, 25 times higher. They are the only animals that have managed to build an air-conditioning system without electricity. Their nests are architectural masterpieces that rise up to eight meters from the ground and dispose brood chambers for larvae, corridors for transportation, fungal gardens for nutrition and even emergency exits for hostile attacks.
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Africa’s birds are a spectacle in their own right. From the large marabou storks, vultures and ostriches that scour the savannah, to bird life at the water with herons, ducks, plovers, we spend time absorbing the uniqueness of Africa’s many birds of the bushveld.
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The lions of Africa are the survivors of this harsh land. We take a look at the family structure and the deep bonds that develop between members of a pride. A very different episode as we take a beautiful and gentle look at Africa’s most iconic animal.
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Africa’s last wild places still have the luxury of rivers flowing through them. This episode looks at the life-giving waters that flow into dry, desolate areas once the rains come. Hippos, crocodiles, terrapins and birds rely on these small and large rivers to live. Africa’s waterways are rich with life inside, on top and at its sides. We explore the beauty of water coursing along these landscapes.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history and science documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum So far, the world has only known him from the perspective of his enemies, which included virtually the rest of the world, but in this film viewers will see Genghis Khan through the eyes of his own people. In the course of his life, Genghis Khan underwent an incredible metamorphosis: from a timid herd boy he raised to successful general, and despite much adversity, he matured into a prudent statesman.
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Subscribe to watch full natural history documentaries! A new documentary is uploaded every week. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretsofnature Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatureUniversum The Bohemian Forest is a region in the heart of Europe that is as typical of Europe as possible. The location of the Bohemian Forest at the former Iron Curtain and the political influences involved, had the result that both forms of country side are united here: natural landscape on the one hand and the ancient cultivated landscape on the other. In the Bohemian Forest there are still villages that include part of the forest. This is a practice that was common in all of Europe as far back as the Middle Ages and amounted to as much as seventy percent. Obviously, life was based on the forest and it provided people with their livelihood. Canals still exist today that were built in the 18th century for transporting lumber.
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