Life in Cold Blood looks at reptiles and amphibians, bringing into focus a series of creatures very much of all shapes and sizes. the filmmakers delve into the lives and mannerisms of its subjects with some quite stunning camera work, bringing to our screens things that have quite simply never been seen before.
One of nature’s most remarkable phenomena, the epic migration of monarch butterflies across North America. NOVA’s filmmakers followed monarchs on the wing throughout their extraordinary odyssey. At some unknown signal, the monarchs take to the air on a two-month, 2,000 mile flight over fields, forests, cities, plains, open water, deserts, and finally mountains to congregate in a tiny, high-altitude region of central Mexico.
Bert Hölldobler is a renowned authority on these amazing tiny animals. He has dedicated his life, travelling around the world, to understand them. Through his eyes and his words we will be transported into the world of the ants. A world more wonderful and bizarre than any science fiction. Ants will reveal this alien world for the first time, in the company of a true authority and enthusiast.
Animals can reach such immense numbers that they take over our lives. From the outside these superswarms are the stuff of nightmares, but from the inside they're things of beauty. Mayflies by the trillion invade a mid-west city for one night only, locust swarms destroy crops as they invade by both land and air, ferocious driver ant swarms invade an east african village, high above Rome 10 million starlings perform incredible aerial displays as they come in to roost.
This species of tiger once roamed from Eastern Russia to South Korea but poaching and habitat destruction means there are only a few hundred Siberian tigers left. The harsh climate and elusive nature of the tiger have left many questions about its life unanswered. This documentary is a fascinating depiction of how striving to understand the tiger and human help have increased its number, and may ultimately save this species from extinction. This remarkable film follows the story of a mature female Siberian tiger called Katia and her one-year-old cub. Their travels introduce us to a remote part of Russia and to their conflict with their only natural enemy, Man.