The Wonder of Animals

Dokumentar, Dyr • Storbritannia

Nature photographer and TV presenter Chris Packham takes advantage of his experience in both of those areas in this programme that features Packham using science to learn more about members of the animal kingdom. He digs deep to discover features that have made certain animal groups able to successfully adapt to their environments. Among Packham's findings are discovering that features that seem to make penguins ill-equipped for their environs - round abdomens, stubby legs and stiff wings - actually allow the birds to thrive in the cold and icy conditions.

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  • Episode 1 - Penguins
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E1

    Chris Packham examines the penguin's anatomy, to reveal how its wings and body shape have allowed it to conquer an extraordinary range of habitats, from forests, to tropical waters, cities and even the toughest place on the planet, Antarctica.

  • Episode 2 - Bears
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E2

    Chris Packham explores the specialised adaptations that have enabled bears to thrive, including how polar bear's fur allows them to feed throughout the gruelling arctic winter, whilst a state of hibernation sees them through the summer months.

  • Episode 3 - Big Cats
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E3

    Chris Packham delves beneath the skin of the big cats to explore what makes them such good hunters, and he reveals that it is not all about brawn. New scientific research shows how subtle adaptations in their anatomy and physiology contribute to the success of all stages of a big cat hunt: the st...

  • Episode 4 - Ants
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E4

    Chris Packham explores the ingenious ways in which ants have collaborated to achieve their global success. Natural air-conditioning systems keep ants cool in their nests, and shelters made from their own bodies protect nomadic ants from the elements.

  • Episode 5 - Foxes
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E5

    Chris Packham explores the secrets to the success of the fox: its senses, intelligence and flexibility. New research reveals how its slit pupils enable it to hunt in the bright desert day, and how it may be using the Earth's magnetic field to determine the location of prey during a pounce.

  • Episode 6 - Elephants
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E6

    Chris Packham explores the anatomy and physiology of the largest land animal on the planet, the elephant. Their size seems ill-suited to surviving the most arid regions of Africa, but their inner workings allow them to defy the extreme heat of the desert and find food and water in seemingly barre...

  • Episode 7 - Great Apes
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E7

    Chris Packham explores the evolution of the great ape's brain to reveal how different parts have been adapted over time by its anatomy, ingenuity and sociability, culminating in one of the most complex brains on the planet.

  • Episode 8 - Crocodiles
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E8

    Chris explores what lies beneath a crocodile's hard exterior to discover the secret to its 250-million-year history. It may look like a relic from a prehistoric world, but the crocodile boasts one of the most sophisticated physiologies on the planet.

  • Episode 9 - Dolphins
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E9

    Chris Packham explores the success of the most widespread of marine mammals, the dolphin. Contrary to their amiable reputation, they are, in fact, ruthless predators. They hunt using a combination of specialised anatomy and complex communication.

  • Episode 10 - Bats
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E10

    Bats have colonised remote corners of the planet to become one of the most widespread mammals on earth. Chris Packham explores their incredible anatomy, physiology and senses to understand what enables them to thrive in some surprising places.

  • Episode 11 - Snakes
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E11

    Chris Packham delves beneath a snake's skin to discover what has made them some of the most successful predators on earth. Their simple body plan hides remarkable adaptations that enable them to rival their limbed, winged and finned counterparts.

  • Episode 12 - Birds of Prey
    Dokumentar, Dyr, S1:E12

    Chris Packham explores what enables birds of prey to rule the aerial roost. Their ability to dominate their fellow birds in terms of strength, manoeuvrability and speed, is down to a combination of anatomical and physiological adaptations.