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Consistently stunning documentaries transport viewers to far-flung locations ranging from the torrid African plains to the chilly splendors of icy Antarctica. The show's primary focus is on animals and ecosystems around the world. A comic book based on the show, meant to be used an as educational tool for kids, was briefly distributed to museums and schools at no cost in the mid-2000s.

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White bears on an island of British Columbia learn survival by trial and error.
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A look at the weasel family includes the adventures of a first-time weasel mom, a fearless honey badger, and a tiny orphan weasel.
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Florida's wildlife faces threats from wildfires, flooding and hurricanes as well as a growing human population and various animal invaders.
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A cheetah mothers her five newborn cubs on her own, protecting them and teaching them how to hunt on the African plains.
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A veterinarian and his team encounter dangerous challenges as they care for endangered animals at a hospital in the Guatemalan jungle.

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