In the African savannah, life is a succession of challenges that must be overcome if one wants to see the next day. Growing up, finding food, moving around, breeding, all these vital needs require coming up with survival strategies that can be perilous.
Through the fate of various animals, the whole theatre of life is revealed with its constant struggles punctuated by brief moments of respite.
FEAR ON THE SAVANNAH [52’]
A primal emotion
One day, authorities introduced lions in a rehabilitated national park where only herbivores lived. Suddenly, fear overtook the park.
Is this primary emotion ingrained and come back naturally to the animals? Will they join forces, share of information – willingly or not? How will fear transform their environment?
This epic film, shot in Africa, makes us understand the intimate mechanisms of this universal feeling: fear!
KOMODO: SEX AND DRAGONS [52’]
An eventful courtship
An imposing adult male is determined to mate with a young female. A trivial episode in the animal kingdom one might think. But when it takes place in one of the most hostile archipelagos in the world, and when the animals involved are the ferocious Komodo dragons, we know the courtship promises to be eventful.
Baby dragons perched 10 meters up in trees; an old one who wants more offspring; a young male ready to mate but who has to deal with a rival bent on killing him; a recalcitrant female; macaques, deer and buffalo living in close proximity to their predators: these are the characters in our saga.
Dramatic scenes, imposing landscapes and beautiful photography combine to make this a spectacular film.
MAMMA GIRAFFE [52’]
A Singular Mother
The film tells the life of a young female giraffe from the birth of her first baby to the delivery, 20 months later, of a second one.
It is an opportunity to discover the everyday life of a giraffe in all its aspects between the two births: the moves, feeding, schedule, social organization, reproduction, vulnerability to predators, connection to the offspring, coexistence with other species, connection to the environment.
MEMOIRS OF AN ELEPHANT [52’]
Reminiscing 60 years of adventures
This elephant is almost 60-year old, he is huge but weary. Like all the ancients, he now lives on his own accompanied by his many memories.
So many things has happened in his very long life. There were the joyful youth years, the struggle to hold his rank within the group before quitting it, the never ending migration because of the dry season, the joy of bathing to shrug off the tyranny of this big body which need feeding again and again.
This film is his story and his memories.
SAVING SUMATRA'S BIG 4 [52’]
Threatened by human activity
Sumatra's priceless biodiversity is today threatened by human activity. Elephants, tigers, rhinos, and orangutans, all endemic to the island, are facing extinction.
How to share the land between humans and animals? Can they both be protected? Is there a chance to save these last big representatives of wildlife?
We follow a passionate naturalist, accompanied by elite squads and committed activists, to meet those who dedicate their lives to the animal cause in what remains one of the last natural paradises on earth.
Narrated by Feodor Atkine.
SCOUTING FOR WHALES [52’]
The Pelagos sanctuary in the Mediterranean
In spite of their imposing size, whales are among those mammals that are still little known and that arouse fascination and wonder.
This film focuses on the whales of the Pelagos sanctuary in the Mediterranean, a protected area where men and women are working to better understand and defend biodiversity and an increasingly fragile marine life.
SHUKLAPHANTA, THE OTHER WILD NEPAL [52’]
A successful coexistence between man and animal
The Shuklaphanta Reserve is the first national park created in Nepal in 1973. This area is exceptional on many accounts including its diverse landscapes, hundreds of animal species - 22 of which are critically endangered. It may look like a mix of Europe and Africa yet we are truly in the heart of Asia.
The reserve is a small paradise located in the western part of the country. Despite human pressure, it has managed to strive and offer the wildlife a safe haven. However, the fragile cohabitation between man and animal is a daily struggle for associations and park rangers who must raise awareness and educate the people about the advantages of co-existing with Nature.
If the nearby inhabitants’ quality of life improves, the need to plunder the forest will diminish and the kingdom of Shuklaphanta will be able to look forward to a bright future.
THE CAIMAN AND THE DOOMED SWAMP [52’]
The dry season ordeal
The Pantanal, in Brazil, is the largest swampland in the world and every year, without fail, it inflicts a frightful ordeal on its inhabitants. Indeed, the dry season shrinks it to drastic proportions sending the local wildlife into a desperate race against the clock. The animals have to reach one of the few remaining humid areas knowing that there won’t be enough room for everyone. For the numerous caimans this comes down to a struggle for life.
This film follows one of them, a young male. Will he be able to find space in a safe zone and stay there until the rains are back, synonymous of survival and mating?
THE CLAN OF THE BABY BABOON [52’]
The young and the restless
This film tells the daily life of a baby baboon and its clan.
There are the boisterous teenagers, other moms with their babies and, most impressive of all, the Leader. And then they are those who covet its place accounting for why young males are constantly fighting to train.
Interactions within the clan are rich and incredibly complex. But, above all, the group is highly organized and united to address the challenges of everyday life: guarding against the leopards, finding food...
THE LUCKY ZEBRA [52’]
Some fare better than others
In nature, there are the herbivores to whom nothing smiles right away (barely born already eaten) and others who fare better like THE LUCKY ZEBRA. How else to call this little male born in the dry season who, throughout his life, will enjoy a lucky star.
Confronted with drought, predators, competing males, he always manages to get by. Over the years, he has led without fail and damage the small harem he has patiently built.
But in the end, is it just luck or is this zebra just more cautious, skillful and smart than the others?
WILD CARIBBEAN [52’]
An environment built by winds, birds and waves
The Caribbean archipelago is a string of islands sheltering a bountiful nature.
With unwavering resilience, life took hold in these isolated environments transported by blowing winds, migrating birds or washed ashore. Today, these islands offer one of the richest bioversity in the world.
This film explores this mesmerizing yet fragile wild Caribbean and its exceptional ecosystems.
A HISTORY OF LIFE [52’]
Different Mothering from One Species To Another
After the mating season, comes the time of birth. For the new families, care and feeding go on as the young grow up.
Soon, the young become more independent and move away from their parents.
They learn to become adults and get ready for childbearing in turn. From one species to another we will see emerging a strong contrast in methods of mothering. Some arrive in a world full of the sweet solicitude of a mother where life is welcomed by reassuring demonstrations, while others begin a lonely journey guided by instinct from birth. For all, discovering the world around them is a feast of first times where every event is observed with fresh eyes, with a fearful and sometimes amazed look.
A WILD FARM [52’]
Domestic vs. feral
The story is set in the Swiss mountains, on a little farm with cows, sheep, pigs, hens, cats and dogs. It is a place unlike others. Over the years, Nicolas Barth, a farmer, has chosen to encourage the return of wildlife on his grounds by taking simple actions.
Here, sharing is key as seen through the eyes of a fox cub. Driven by hunger and curiosity the young fox ventures onto unknown territory inhabited by man. It experiences a series of unexpected encounters during which the domestic world mingles with wilderness, leading to mutual observation and discovery.
A WILD QUEST IN SCOTLAND [52’]
The fabulous spectacle of nature
This film is an exceptional journey into the rugged Scottish landscapes and its rich fauna.
Laurent Cocherel is a naturalist photographer with a 25 years passion for this country. He takes us to secret places to witness the fabulous spectacle of nature through the seasons: hiding for otters and tetra-lyres; exploring seabirds colonies; diving with seals, sharks and dolphins; approaching deer, eagles and ospreys…
No less than 4 years were necessary to capture rarely filmed scenes of animal life.
ALAMTO, A REPTILE WONDERLAND [60’]
In the West of Iran, where the land has been formed by the Zagros fold and thrust belt, is the Alamto desert.
The perfect combination of natural conditions allowed the region to host a diversity of rare reptiles, including one of the most mysterious animals in the wildlife kingdom: the horned viper.
For the first time ever, this riveting film shows a wonderland showcasing exotic species trying to survive in the land of the extreme.
ANGELS OF THE JUNGLE [52’]
Why are primatologists mostly women?
Numerous scientists around the world dedicate their lives to the study and protection of primates. They have been inspired by Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall or Biruté Galdikas. But why are they mostly women?
ANGELS OF THE JUNGLE introduces us to nine remarkable primatologists of our time, taking us to jungles of Borneo and Congo and the lush forests of Madagascar. They explain the sacrifices they’ve made to do their work, the challenges of field research, but also the incredible bonds they have developped with the objects of their studies.
ANIMAL STRATEGIES [6x52’]
To live and survive in the wild
Animals had to develop behaviours and techniques in order to address vital requirements such as nutrition, reproduction, raising the young, protection and, more generally, adaptation to a sometimes hostile environment.
ANIMAL STRATEGIES shows how primates, antelopes, small animals, big predators and even some birds live, cope, survive and interact in the wild theatre that is their world.
BAT & MAN [52’]
A mammal that causes leaps in science
Bats were already on earth during the dinosaurs’ era, 60 million years ago, and this incredible species has actually not evolved since.
Today, scientific studies of bats have revealed astonishing discoveries in the fields of bionics, disease prevention and containment which can crossover to the human world.
BIRDS OF AFRICA [52’]
Strange and spectacular behaviors
More or less direct descendants of the dinosaurs, birds are divided in about 20 families which pundits consider nonetheless rather homogeneous. Yet, what a disparity of evolution between the ostrich and the tiny quelea.
From an ecological standpoint birds have significantly differentiated from one another. With over 2,500 species resident or migrating, Africa is the best place to observe the often strange and spectacular behaviors of birds.
CHAMBORD THEN, NOW AND FOREVER [52’]
A daunting architectural feat
In the early 16th century, King François I of France decided to erect his palace on an inhospitable patch of swampy hunting grounds.
That daunting architectural feat provided the stage for key historical events and figures (Leonardo da Vinci, Louis XIV, the French Revolution, World War II...).
But the true treasure of Chambord is beyond its stone walls, in a wooded expanse the size of Paris with its varied and exceptional wildlife.
CHAMPIONS OF THE SAVANNAH [52’]
The wildlife world records
Every day, amazing feats are taking place in the savannah.
Everyone knows about the obvious ones: the elephant is the biggest mammal, the ostrich the biggest bird, the cheetah the speediest animal. But can you answer questions like: who’s strongest than a frog? Who has the biggest tusks? How large can a spider’s web be?
This amusing and entertaining film shed a different light on the African wildlife.
CHILD IN THE WILD [2x52’]
This series is about children who have grown up in close contact with nature. Many of them have developed a special relationship with supposedly savage animals, mainly thanks to their parents who work directly with wildlife.
From Brazil to Kenya and Australia, each episode tells stories of youngsters and their attachment to one or more species like a horse, an elephant or even a crocodile.
CHRISTMAS IN THE SAVANNAH [52’]
Truce in the wildlife
Christmas balls, tinsels in the trees and some improbable snow on the ground. This is the unexpected setting for this wildlife film shot in southern Africa during the Christmas period.
This is December 25, and everyone has a birth to celebrate. The savannah is full of animals about to give life or who have just done so. Everywhere, it is all about family reunions, banquets and festive menus. Frogs, wild dogs, hyenas, lions, cheetahs and elephants share the opulence while a multitude of newborn impalas make their first steps under the stare of a leopard no one really knows if he’s ready to respect the Christmas' truce.
This original and charming documentary is a unique wildlife film with the Christmas spirit.
COSTA RICA NATURE'S ARK [52’]
The country that hosts 5% of known species on earth
Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful sanctuary for biodiversity in the world and its richest. Indeed, this small country hosts 5% of all known species on earth, i.e. 1 out of 20.
To grasp what it entails, one should explore its forests, climb its peaks and walk its shores. Only then can you understand the absolute necessity to preserve our natural world.
DISCOVERING LANGKAWI WITH IRSHAD MOBARAK [2x45’]
A naturalist haven
This series is a journey through Langkawi, an enchanting Malaysian archipelago with a rich fauna and flora biodiversity found in its forests. It’s a naturalist haven where one can see stones that are over 1 billion years old, learn more about the fascinating mudskipper, witness the beauty of the migratory birds.
Find out why the strangling fig tree is so misunderstood, why the mangroves are called "the kings of adaptability", how man and nature live in harmony and why it is important to preserve such a natural heritage at all costs.
Also available as 10x15'
EQALUSUAQ, ON THE TRAIL OF THE HIDDEN PREDATORS [52’]
The salmon run and those awaiting them
In July, in Alaska, millions of salmon run up the rivers. Many are anxiously waiting for them: grizzlies, sea lions, orcas, eagles, sharks... and young divers/photographers.
Paul and Thomas, two marine biologists, are here to live their passion for open spaces and memorable encounters with animals as impressive as extraordinary. Among all these great predators, there is one in particular they have been on the trail of: the salmon shark.
Hold your breath and dive with them into this wild universe.
EUROPE ON THE WILD [4x52’]
Our next door fauna
From Belarus to France, from the imposing bison to the fragile pheasant, this collection presents the different facets of European wildlife.
Even in this part of the world, danger looms everywhere. From wolves in the deep forest to tractors in the fields, the struggle for life is a daily affair.
EXTINCTIONS / SAVED FROM EXTINCTIONS [12x52’]
We thought they were saved
What is the connection between the Californian condor, the Arabian oryx, the African wild dog, the Galapagos marine turtle, the Chinese tiger and the Polar bear?
The answer is the unprecedented risk of seeing these species vanish once and for all from the face of the Earth, after they were once thought to be saved in the past decades.
In this series, we discover the fate of 12 iconic animals facing new dangers and watch the scientific adventures undertaken to save them. Again.
FIELD OF LIFE [52’]
The fauna caught between agriculture and nature
In a typical field of the European countryside, wildlife is much more abundant and diverse that one can imagine and it serves as the backdrop for unexpected survival stories.
While the circle of life is at stake for the pheasant, harvest season is coming.
How do the animals such as the foxes, rabbits, hedgehogs survive year after year in an environment caught between agriculture and nature?
FISH LIFE [12x26’]
Small is beautiful
The ocean has its stars - dolphins, sharks, Manta rays, whales - and then there are the others, the humble and the discreet, which can only get the limelight thanks to a Disney movie.
Yet, from the clown fish to the octopus, the lionfish to the cleaner fish, without of course omitting the coral, all these creatures are the essential characters of the riveting marine life theater.
With its playful narration and exceptional HD footage, FISH LIFE brings a new vision of this underwater universe. You will discover the secrets of its inhabitants through a profusion of colors, shapes and behaviors.
GROWING UP IN THE SAVANNAH [52’]
The school of wildlife
For the emblematic African wildlife, the long road to adulthood is paved with multiple obstacles. But the dangers vary considerably from one species to another as well as the solutions they have to find to bring the most offsprings to maturity.
Blessed with more or less thoughtful parents and among more or less united groups, each youngster makes his own apprenticeship until it's time to lead its own life.
GROWING UP IN THE SAVANNAH is a tale full of humor and emotions on the school of life in the African wildlife.
IBEX, ICON OF THE ALPS [52’]
The Lord of the mountains
The Ibex is an animal emblematic of the Alps.
This film, through some surprising images covering several seasons, teaches us a lot of unknown things about this Lord of the mountains. It also questions our ability to share the environment with the wild fauna and the respect it requests.
ICONS OF THE WILD [5x52’]
The stars and the supporting cast of the animal kingdom
At first glance, the African wildlife seems all too familiar. The stars, such as the elephant or the lion, have been extensively covered as well as the supporting cast, from the gazelles to the birds. But even if their lifestyles have been overexposed, the animals of the savannah remain a constant object of fascination and some questions have been left unanswered.
Where do they come from and what was their evolution over the ages?
How and why did they choose their environment?
What’s their real diet?
Do they have an unexpected social organization?
What if their behavior was not so obvious and predictable?
Based on the latest research and illustrated with spectacular footage, this series revolves around 3 themes: understand, learn and surprise.
IN FROM THE WILD [52’]
More than 130 individuals of various species live on a vast reserve near Avignon, southern France. They were rescued all across Europe. Some were found injured by the roadside, others were sent by parks that could not take care of them.
Much of the wildlife in this place of safety is orphaned. Now, for the first time, a crew has been allowed to enter the reserve to discover the secrets of its special world where very close bonds are formed between humans and animals.
The residents regularly feature in movies, including Jacques Perrin’s The Seasons, Luc Jacquet’s The Fox and the Child and Fred Fougea’s Wild France. They are cared for by an extraordinary woman whose skills are recognized internationally.
Even the BBC has called on her unique expertise. She has a true gift for raising wild animals in total compliance with their instincts and natural needs.
INSIDE MARINELAND [52’]
Diving backstage alongside the stars
This film dives backstage alongside dolphins, killer whales and polar bears to discover how they prepare for the famous water ballets that fascinate so many families.
Besides the animals, the most important characters of the Marineland are the keepers who know these mammals so well and have a unique relationship with them.
We also share the first steps of those who want to join this profession. Success on their first performances is paramount if one hopes to be selected.
INTO THE WILD OF BORNEO [52’]
The jungle album
Borneo is an island shared by Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia but, most importantly, part of it is a wildlife sanctuary. Jorge Camilo Valenzuela, a National Geographic animal photographer, is about to explore it to capture the various endemic species in all their splendor.
With over 10 years of experience roaming the world’s jungles in search of the perfect picture, we follow Jorge facing extreme conditions in his quest to capture the essence of the stunning biodiversity found in one of the most remote primary forest of the world.
We discover what it takes to survive for months in such an environment just to get the perfect shots of what nature has to offer in all its diversity and richness, thereby raising our awareness of the need to preserve this unique natural heritage.
KING OF THE FOREST [52’]
The struggle of the red deer
Red deer are among the most powerful and majestic animals living deep in the European forests.
These popular heroes of classic fairy tales can also be violent beasts engaged in a constant struggle to achieve one goal: the right to have a descendance.
Shot in one of the last primary forest of Europe, this visually striking film follows a fawn in its early years whose aim is to reach maturity and rank among the kings of the wild.
LADY CHEETAH [52’]
A love story
In 1979, Laurie Marker’s passion for cheetahs led her to leave her family, friends and home (the USA) for Namibia in order to save the species.
The splendid feline is a hunting machine, the fastest of all land predators, but also a desired trophy for poachers. To protect them she came up with an unusual solution: reintroduce another endangered species, the Anatolian shepherd, the only dog capable of thwarting cheetahs away.
Today, Laurie is regarded as the leading world expert on this animal.
LAND OF THE APES [52’]
To live and die free
In the Conkuati lagoon in Congo, an association has undertaken a challenging endeavour: to enable chimpanzees, who have crossed paths with man, to live and die freely by returning to their natural habitat.
How can these animals be taught to feed, live together and defend themselves in the wild?
This film tells us a touching story where the fate of chimpanzees and men intertwine.
LIVING WITH WOLVES [52’]
A 3,000 years conflict
Wolves have fascinated mankind for time immemorial and they are present in the oral traditions of most civilizations.
The way they were perceived changed and evolved depending on populations, beliefs, eras and historical events. Wolves were represented either as strong or weak, positive or negative, regal or devilish. That duality showed consistently in myths or legends over the centuries.
Mankind has rarely been so torn about an animal. Man and wolf have been fighting for territory for over 3,000 years, a conflict that continues to this day.
MAMA HYENA [52’]
Lessons from a despised animal
Hyenas have been given an unfairly negative reputation in folklore and popular media because of their ungraceful, even grotesque physical features.
Hyenas are truly a curiosity of nature. They are intelligent creatures that follow a sophisticated and ruthless social system. Depending on its rank, each individual finds itself in a position of power or obedience for its whole life. Hunted down by farmers, hyenas are nonetheless crucial in clearing up the savannah of its carcasses which are carriers of lethal bacteria. Their immune system is unparalleled and a bonanza for medical research.
MAMA HYENA is a tribute to this captivating animal.
MIGRATIONS IN DANGER [3x52’]
Man's barriers on animals' routes
Man constantly modifies its environment. He expands on the planet into the most wild and remote places where he erects artificial barriers at the crossroads of migration routes of species in danger of extinction.
These animals must survive at any cost to ensure the future of their species, all their strength is needed to find a passage across man’s path.
MOVIE STAR ANIMALS [55’]
From training to shootings
The dogs Rin-tin-tin-tin, Lassie and Beethoven, killer whale Willy, piglet Babe and many other animals have long since joined the pantheon of great movie stars.
Behind these star animals are men and women who, far from fame, are driven by passion, determination and patience. In France, there is only a handful of them who are professional animal trainers for the movies.
This film shows the work of these lovers of animals and cinema, from the first training sessions to the shootings.
MYSTERIES OF THE GIANTS [6x52’]
Join us as we search for giants of both the past and present
After the extinction of the dinosaurs, the Earth was populated by other, astonishingly gigantic animals: a 13-metre snake weighing as much as a truck, a shark as big as a school bus, a 20-ton rhinoceros and a sloth 200 times the size of sloths today. Although they dominate their ecosystems, giant animals are often more vulnerable than others. They are susceptible to climate change, loss of habitat, shortages of food and competitors invading their territory. In fact, today’s last giants – the descendants of those behemoths – are all in decline. Some of them are even threatened with imminent extinction.
The series looks back on the evolutionary history of eight giant prehistoric animals and their eight modern descendants. The first two episodes examine four particularly amazing animals, seeking to explain why they became so huge and why they later disappeared. We join four experts as they study those ancient species.
The four following episodes turn to today’s giants, exploring their evolutionary history and past to see if their ancestors suffered from their great size. We discover their story with the help of the finest biologists and paleontologists specializing in these creatures.
NATURE SANCTUARIES [3x52’]
All is not lost
There are still some places on the planet which haven’t been spoiled by human activity. Reknown for their natural beauty, they represent an heritage worth looking after for future generations.
An unique series thanks to its positive angle, beautiful images, surprising information and many anecdotes about fauna and ecosystems largely untouched by human intrusion.
NATURE’S CLASSROOM: AN AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK ADVENTURE [52’]
Beautiful lessons from nature
Esther and Myrdhin are the daughter and son of a film-making couple who have been working all over the planet for more than 20 years.
When they realise that they wouldn’t be able to enjoy their profession and see their kids growing up at the same time, they decide to swap Europe for Africa and Australia and for a living classroom without walls, in direct contact with nature.
The children will learn beautiful lessons about the flora and fauna with their parents teaching them how to approach and observe any number of animals.
NORIN'S ARK [5x52’]
The wildlife veterinarian
Norin Chai, a brilliant veterinarian, has been working for more than 20 years to protect wildlife all over the world. In each episode, he comes to the rescue of an endangered animal in a critical situation: in Central America an infectious disease is spreading through a population of sloths, in Indonesia orangutans are suffering from an unexplained illness…
This series not only introduces us to an extraordinary veterinarian who devoted his life to tending to wild animals, but it also aims to move and inspire us by revealing the beauty of the living world.
OSO, WILD VISIONS FROM ASTURIAS [52’]
In the footsteps of the brown bears
This film is immersive exploration of the breathtaking wild environment of the Cantabrian Mountains, Spain, to meet brown bears.
We discover their natural, primitive environment where flora and fauna make up an unspoiled ecosystem. The steep slopes of the mountain range are also home to gray wolves, capercaillie, deer, mountain goats, griffon vultures and black woodpeckers.
PRAYING MANTIS: AN ALIEN'S WORLD [52’]
Rulers of their world
They look like creatures from an alien planet, and in fact, praying mantises have inspired Hollywood science fiction film-makers in their designs for extra-terrestrial monsters.
It’s more than their physical shape that seems out of this world. Praying mantises, with some reaching the giant size of 20 centimeters, are grim predators able to overwhelm prey much larger than themselves.
They may not spit acid like the nightmarish monsters chasing Sigourney Weaver in the “Alien” movies, but any victim coming within range of their razor-sharp, needle-studded claws stand little chance of survival.
In unprecedented images, this spectacular film shows how mantises live, reporduce and die.
SAVANNAH REBIRTH [52’]
The cycle of life
In the African savannah, an elephant dies. Little by little, thousands of animal guests converge to feast on the fortuitous carcass which also becomes a cradle for other species. The splendid images make us forget death and show the wonders of an ecosystem in action. And, by turning back the clock, we see the dead giant coming back to life before our eyes.
This film is a striking spectacle, one of natural recycling where the death of one gives life to others.
SAVING THE CHIMPS [52’]
A sanctuary for broken primates
How did Bobby, the gentle chimpanzee, managed to pull through after years caged up in isolation in biomedical labs? How did space-chimp Emily, trained to test space capsules and rockets, survived her stressful NASA training program?
Appalled by such treatment, Carole Noon decided to help discarded apes and created the sanctuary “Save the Chimps”, a unique site in Florida and home to over 300 chimpanzees.
SIX FEET UNDER THE SAVANNAH [52’]
In northern Kenya, the most mysterious creatures are hidden underground.
Under the rocks of the savannah lies a world of eternal darkness, a secret place with unending mazes, swarming with thousands of crawling animals.
Like, for instance, the naked mole rat. It is the only mammal who organizes its life around a queen, like ants or termites. From its hairless, wrinkled skin and underdeveloped eyes to its ghastly dentition, the naked mole rat is in a category of its own. Yet these characteristics also allows the mammal to survive effectively in its environment, avoiding the many dangers present above its head in the African grasslands.
Thanks to cutting edge filming techniques, such as the reconstitution of the animal’s habitat in a large vivarium and macro shooting cameras in slow motion, this blue chip wildlife documentary dives discreetly into this underground world.
SLEEPING IN NATURE [52’]
How to sleep without dying in the wild
Sleeping upside-down, on one leg, lying down, standing up, buried, eyes wide open, fists clenched, floating like a buoy, or taking it in turns. In nature, every species has its own technique for taking a nap without becoming a snack!
SLOVENIA, LAND OF THE BEAR [52’]
The secrets of a successful cohabitation
In Slovenia, on the edge of the last primary forests in Europe, man and bear coexist in peace. This small country has become a model in this respect. The animal has even inspired a rich and colourful folklore.
How did the Slovenians manage to live in harmony with the plantigrade?
Breeders, researchers and even artists show us the way in a country where nature and traditions are still very much intertwined.
Over the seasons, this film crosses the paths of bears and humans in a magnificent and incredibly well-preserved ecosystem.
SMALL ANIMALS OF AFRICA [52’]
Survive in an environment dominated by giants
They have one thing in common: you can’t see them when the grass is high. Some are rodents, others carnivores, reptiles or monkeys. One way or another, they suffer from their small size since they have to get by in an environment dominated by giants. They have learned to survive by exploiting whatever resources their tiny habitat is providing for them.
Turtles, chameleons, mongooses, squirrels and their likes, all of them had to adapt smartly in order to survive standing less than 30cm from the ground.
STRANGE ENCOUNTERS IN THE SAVANNAH [52’]
We thought we had seen it all
A baboon hunting a gazelle. Crocodiles eating another crocodile. A carnivorous giraffe. Zebras without stripes. Turtles jumping on buffalos. These are exceptional scenes captured thanks to hundreds of hours spent filming in the savannah.
Animals with unusual characteristics. Unheard of behaviors. Unique or spectacular situations. This original, light-hearted, and yet well documented film has heaps of surprises.
THE ADVENTURES OF SWALA PALA, THE BABY GAZELLE [52’]
Once upon a time, in the savannah…
Newly born Swala Pala is barely able to stand up on its slight legs and with its long eyelashes and upright ears the baby gazelle is strikingly reminiscent of little Bambi, the famous Disney animal hero.
Set in Africa, where survival of the fittest is the law of the land, Swala Pala will have to learn how to come through. From its very first step in the savannah to reigning over its own harem, we follow the gripping adventures of this African Bambi, its family, companions… even sworn enemies.
THE AMNEVILLE ZOO [45’]
The actors of the animals' well-being
This film is about the daily activities of the 120 employees of the zoo: healers, vets, trainers, cooks...
They all work together to ensure the animals' well-being.
THE ANTELOPES [52’]
A family of 74 quite different species
Among mammals, antelopes epitomize the most dramatic form of evolution.
They account for 74 species in Africa. The smallest weights 1.5 kilos and is 0.2 meter high against 600 kilos and 1.8 meter for the biggest. They are all ruminants with hooves and horns but differ greatly in terms of diet, social organization and strategies against predators.
The formidable expansion of this animal family lies in its ability to choose successfully its own niche, even under the most extreme conditions.
THE BISON OF EUROPE [52’]
Bison are the largest animals of Europe, the most ancient and the wildest. The only ones remaining live in the last primary forest on the continent.
Over several seasons, this spectacular film follows a herd whose matriarch has died and whose leadership has been taking over by a young female. She is facing a huge responsibility: to guide the animals through the forest to better pastures while fending off wolves’ attacks.
Will she succeed in this mission given her inexperience with the only help of her powerful genes and instinct?
THE INCREDIBLE AFRICAN WILDLIFE [7x52’]
Everything you always wanted to know about the savannah
Nowadays, images of the African wildlife are a common thing yet audiences seem to never tire of them as they are always a source of wonder and bewilderment. Although one might think to have seen it all, it seems there is still more to learn and discover.
This series covers some of the most filmed animals, yet its innovative and comprehensive approach to the African fauna has attracted the most prestigious broadcasters worldwide.
THE PREDATORS OF AFRICA [52’]
Meat is an unpredictable resource in the savanna
As soon as they appeared, about 60 million years ago, carnivores have seen their survival closely linked to that of the herbivores.
Ever since, it has been a never ending chase to adapt between the prey and its predator. The bottom line is that the life of one depends on the survival of the other. It is a fragile balance and the least specialized a predator, the most widespread its species.
However, since meat is an unpredictable resource in the savannah, no mammal carnivore - even vultures – can afford to exclusively depend on it.
THE REAL LORDS OF THE SAVANNAH [52’]
Some reputations are overrated
What if the lion, a predator known for its fragility and short life expectancy, has been wrongly labeled the king of all animals?
Indeed, the hierarchy as we know it in the animal kingdom needs some revisiting. Special attention should be given to those species with incredible capacities to adapt, endless stamina and the ability to expand their natural habitat. Then emerge the true lords of the savannah, among them the herbivores, the birds and some predators.
This visually elegant film questions generally accepted ideas and disparage some overrated reputations bringing an original and innovating look on the African wildlife.
THE SAVANNAH QUIZ [52’]
Has the zebra white or black stripes?
Is a rhino stronger than an elephant?
Why gnus march in line?
Which is the only feline living in society?
From the zebra’s stripes to the so-called silence of the giraffe, QUIZ OF THE SAVANNAH brings answers to questions frequently asked about African animals.
Specific points, sharp and often surprising info give this wildlife film a playful and enriching dimension.
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE GARDEN [52’]
In a garden an incredible biodiversity thrives
Every garden is home to thousands of creatures, with hundreds of tiny dramas playing out as part of a wider story: the tale of an ecosystem shaped by the imagination of a creator, the gardener, whose work produces a living, constantly evolving tableau.
In a kitchen garden or orchard, in flower beds, at the bottom of a pond or high in the treetops, an incredible biodiversity thrives. Day and night, winter through summer, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians feed, hunt, breed and seek refuge in the garden. Unseen, they live together, sometimes clashing other times helping one another.
This film provides unique insights into a stunning wild diversity unrealized by many gardeners, yet one that exists just outside their door.
THE SECRET WORLD OF CRUSTACEANS [52’]
The wonders of alien creatures
The sea is home to some strange creatures. Indeed, among the many marine species, there is one very unusual group: the crustaceans. Between reality and fantasy, these animals remained a mystery to man for centuries. Are their ways of life as startling as their appearances?
Crustaceans can be found everywhere in the world and from the sea’s surface to thousands of meters deep. They come in all sorts of shapes and colors and sometimes look almost alien.
THE SECRET WORLD OF MOLLUSKS [52’]
The wonders of the sea
Mollusks are characterized by an absence of skeleton and a total lack of appeal. They conjure up images of flabby, slimy, almost inert animals.
But mollusks play their cards close to their chests: habitat, movement, food, reproduction... everything goes beyond the wildest imagination. They surprise us by the colors they use, their shapes from the most traditional to the most eccentric.
Mollusks deserve a second chance to better the first impression since their world is truly one of a kind.
THE SENSES OF THE SAVANNAH [52’]
Sight. Smell. Taste. Touch. Hearing. How do animals use their five senses in the savannah?
As one might have guessed, it is impossible to generalize since each specie has developed the senses most appropriate to its specificities in order to survive, and quite often at the expense of others which withered.
Never before has the African wildlife been scrutinized under such an original angle and, of course, the outcome is full of surprises and oddities.
THE STORKS OF THE LUANGWA [52’]
The power of togetherness
The yellow billed storks are an African species of, usually, solitary birds. However, once a year, towards the end of the rainy season, they congregate along the banks of the Luangwa, Zambia. They’ve chosen this place because it lies at the heart of a network of lagoons that are teeming with fish.
They are sharing this space with vultures, lions, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, an awesome group of hippos but also lazy marabous wandering under their nests to catch the fish falling through the holes.
Unfortunately, under the surface, there are also crocodiles on the prowl.
THE SUNKEN FOREST [52’]
The distress of dry land animals
Once a year, while the waters of the Amazon are at their lowest, a deluge of unprecedented violence falls on the forest. Within a few months it will be drowned under almost 30 meters of water, with only the top of few trees poking out.
The forest animals’ survival is at stake. Some take refuge on treetops, others go in search of the last dry lands while more than a few are stranded by the rising water. As solid ground habitat narrows, that of fish or pink dolphins extends to infinity. All must learn to live in a sunken forest.
This film tells the animals’ story replete with competition, anguish, danger and courage. THE SUNKEN FOREST is a mesmerizing and unforgettable story.
THE UNTAMED LOIRE [52’]
The river and its wildlife
From a tiny mountain stream to the open estuary, the Loire river reveals many faces along its 1000 km course. Now better protected than ever, its banks are seing the return of several species long disappeared, such as the beaver or the stork, but also newcomers like the catfish or the coypu.
During springtime, floods become essential to life as well as extremely destructive. Will the kingfishers and bee-eaters be able to lay eggs without seeing their burrows inundated? Will the shrews and beavers find new territories when the water level finally drops?
This film unveils one of the last wild river through the lives that populate its shores and waters.
THE VEGETARIAN GIANTS [52’]
The specificities of the non ruminants
The elephant, the rhino and the hippo are the biggest terrestrial mammals on earth.
They differ from one another and do not belong to the same family yet they share one trait: these vegetarian giants are non ruminants and have appeared before the ruminants. The latter have developed very specific ecosystems while the former have survived adopting a generalist behavior, i.e. using a large spectrum of habitats and vegetation.
That strategy happens to be the only sustainable one to cover their gigantic feeding needs.
WELCOME TO THE NEW PARIS ZOO [10x26’]
The Paris Zoo opened its doors to the public after 2 years of extensive restoration works in order to invent a new kind of zoo.
Each episode of the series tells the story of the arrival of an animal at the zoo or a particular event that marked its reopening, with priority being given to the animal’s perspective.
Teh camera stays close to the animal, sharing its moments of stress or well-being while a veterinary and caregiver decipher and explain its behaviour.
WELCOME TO THE NEW PARIS ZOO! [52’]
In April 2014, Paris Zoo will open its doors to the public after two years of huge restoration works in order to invent a new kind of zoo.
With the complicity of a veterinary and an animal or a group of animals, each episode of the series will tell the story of the arrival of an animal at the zoo or a particular event that marked its reopening (birth, combination of different species for instance) including all the stages and issues that characterize them. A priority will be given to the animal’s perspective.
We’ll be close to the animal, sharing its moments of stress and well-being. The veterinary and caregiver taking care of the animal will have to decipher and explain its behaviour. Each episode will focus on a central story with an emblematic animal but the other species will also be present in our series through sub-plots.
WILD ALPS [52’]
A secret universe away from the madness of men
The Alps remain today one of the last wild territory in Europe.
Over thousands of years, the various animals here have developed the ability to thrive within an unfriendly yet magnificent environment. Here, the beauty of the fauna is only matched by the diversity of its species.
Following in the footsteps of three young animal photographers, this film invites us to discover a secret and silent universe where wilderness hides away from the madness of men.
WILD BRITISH COLUMBIA [52’]
The grizzly bears kingdom
Canada is a remarquable land where nature flourishes freely.
Located between the Rockies and the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia is the westernmost province of the country and encompasses mountains as well as a desert. It is also the living ground of an exceptional biodiversity including big animals, among which the grizzly bear is undoubtedly the star.
British Columbia is vast and majestic and definitely a jewel of wilderness to be preserved.
WILDLIFE DEFENDERS [7x23’]
On the front lines of the war against an illegal trade
This series takes us to the front lines of the war against the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade, fast becoming a major contributor to the world’s biodiversity loss.
The series takes us into the world’s most ancient rainforests and the battles being fought by Malaysia's Wildlife Department. These men and women are on the trail with the dangerous task of capturing, relocating and protecting animals faced with extinction.
WINGS OF FREEDOM [52’]
Teaching eagles to fly
How to teach the pyrargues eagles to fly when they have been bred in captivity and never used their wings?
This is Jacques Olivier's call. With his paraglider, he accompanies these majestic birds first flight towards freedom.
This film is infused with emotions and accompanied by striking images of the stunning summits of the Mont Blanc.
WOMEN AND ANIMAL [3x52’]
Lives of passion
These 3 films features unique women who dedicate their lives to the study and protection of wildlife in Africa. These scientists spent a lifetime on the field to fulfill their passion for species such as hyenas in Kenya, cheetahs in Namibia or chimpanzees in Congo.
They help us understand their fascination for these animals.
ZOG AND THE FLOOD [2x52’]
The howler monkeys are facing hunger and thirst
The Pantanal is a wild region in Brazil where the dry season alternates with the rainy one.
Zog is the elder of the howler monkeys and has been ruling his clan with equanimity in the haven of a generous forest. For obscure reasons that no one here can explain, the winds have stopped blowing and have not carried away "the rivers of the sky" which, until then, gave life to the parched forest. The rain shortfall turns upside down everything Zog always believed to be in the natural order of things. His people will have to face hunger and thirst for the very first time.
The buds have not blossomed. The water saved up in tree trunks has dried out and the swamp's king, the anaconda Olim, sneaks into the forest intent on capturing Zog who is weakened.
ZOO STAR ANIMALS [14x26’]
Remarkable VIPs and their celebrity lifestyles
In Scotland, the Norwegian Royal Guard regularly visits its Colonel, Sir Nils Olav. But Nils Olav is no run-of-the-mill senior officer, he's a penguin in Edinburgh Zoo.
At the Washington Zoo, Kandula, a brillantly talented elephant, satisfies his hunger for hanging fruit by setting up a makeshift perch to climb on.
At the Beauval Zoo, handlers lavish special attention on baby koala Eora, feeding her eucalyptus sent over specially from England. A very finicky child indeed!
ZOO STAR ANIMALS introduces us to these remarkable VIPs and their celebrity lifestyles. In each episode we discover highly colorful characters who amaze us with their extraordinary background.
MARINE MAMMALS [10x26’]
The kings of the Seven Seas
Whales, seals, dugongs, narwhals or dolphins: they are the marine mammals, a large family of warm-blooded cousins that has conquered the world’s oceans.
They brave storms, cold waters, isolation, predators. They invented sophisticated hunting techniques in order to survive. And this family holds several records in the animal world, among which the largest animal on our planet or the deepest diving one.
Filmed over 5 years across the 7 seas by the most talented wildlife directors such as Luc Jacquet ("March of the Penguins"), this series reveals unsuspected behaviors through compelling stories for family audiences.
NEIGHBOURS IN THE WILD [9x52’]
The secret life of European mammals
This series is the most comprehensive blue chip collection on European fauna. The result is both visually striking and content rich.
Shot over the span of 4 seasons, we follow the lives and tribulations of various mammals like the acrobatic squirrel, the predating lynx, the feared wolf, the shy hedgehog or the ferocious badger.
NEIGHBOURS IN THE WILD travels to all corners of the old continent to witness the birth, mating, hunting and death of animals which might be close to us but still carry many misconceptions.