Raised on the rugged plains of Australia, Matt Wright had plenty of jobs -- horse wrangler, Australian Army soldier, crocodile egg collector -- that helped develop his passion and skills for a career as a helicopter pilot and wildlife relocator. Featured in half-hour episodes of "Outback Wrangler," Wright tracks down, captures, and transports a diverse range of dangerous animals, including crocodiles, wild buffalo and even polar bears, that are posing a threat to people. As a chopper pilot he is able to access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach. Matt's goal, he says, is based on the preservation of wildlife: to remove and relocate problem animals rather than kill them.
Put up your dukes -- er, paws -- and prepare to discover epic, bone-shattering clashes between some of the world's deadliest predators. From lions, tigers and bears to meerkats, mongoose and mice, the series features testosterone-induced battles between some of the biggest, baddest and often surprising fighters in the animal kingdom, revealing the extraordinary motivations and strategies that fuel each incredible brawl.
Only the strongest survive in the animal kingdom, where the competition for food, territory or mates means employing skillfully crafted tricks of the trade. "Animal Armory" incorporates high-end imagery and computer graphics to reveal how wildlife use their teeth, claws, antlers, camouflage, venom and even spit to threaten and intimidate rivals and predators alike. With weapons of deception, animals disarm and entice prey to their death. Meanwhile, perhaps the oldest weapons employed by animals are projectiles, which have evolved into their own versions of poison-tipped harpoons, chemical missiles and high-powered bullets.
Produced by the team that created BBC's "Planet Earth" series, "The Hunt" explores the relationship between predators and their prey. Sir David Attenborough narrates this documentary while the cameras follow the animals in their natural habitats. With a specific focus on strategy, the hunters are examined in detail -- from their use of the environment to their sharp instincts and physical prowess. On the other side of the fence are the hunted, which use their senses and defense tactics to flee when they feel threatened. Each episode centers on a different habitat, and the last one focuses on the state of the planet.
British adventurer and cinematographer Richard Terry travels to faraway jungles and remote islands in search of the truth behind stories of unknown creatures attacking, and killing, humans. In the Amazon rainforest, Terry is on the trail of a huge spider said to be attacking villagers; in southern Mexico, reports of a terrifying creature that attacks locals at night sends Terry into the jungles of Chiapas to investigate; and in the Indonesian archipelago, Terry island hops to expose a giant, blood-thirsty reptile that preys on livestock and humans.
Stunning computer animation brings the most ferocious giants of the Ice Age back to life, creating a portrait of their wild existence and puzzling extinction. Also, details about their lives and disappearance are revealed through the work of paleontologists, who uncover fossilized bones of these lethal creatures.
In the varied forms of veterinary medicine, Dr. Susan Kelleher's practice may be one of the more unusual. Known as Dr. K, she runs South Florida's Broward Avian and Exotics Animal Hospital, and this series follows the staff as it cares for rabbits, ferrets, foxes, fish, birds, reptiles, marsupials, and even primates. As do some other vets, Kelleher thinks domesticating wild animals like monkeys is a bad idea, but that feeling doesn't interfere with her taking care of them: "If it will fit through the door, I'll treat it," she says.
From the frozen tundra in the north to the dry forests of the equator, Sir David Attenborough narrates a compelling view of the planet. "Planet Earth" was the first natural history documentary to be filmed in high definition, and now a decade later improved technology has made it possible to capture further details, from elusive animal behaviors to previously inaccessible remote landscapes. In addition to exploring the wilderness, the series examines urban dwellings, focusing on animals that have adapted to city life.
National Geographic expeditions expert Casey Anderson leads viewers on a trek from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean, and to many places in between, on a search for rare and endangered species such as wolverines, mountain lions, black bears and polar bears. In the episode "Wolverine King," for example, Anderson manages to forge a unique face-to-face bond with Jasper, a captivity-raised wolverine, to separate fact from fiction and learn the truth about these notorious carnivores. And in "Grand Canyon Safari," Anderson observes condors, rare Kaibab squirrels, tree frogs, rattlesnakes and chuckwalla lizards in their natural habitats.