Australia is notable as the only country that is also a continent, but details of the Land Down Under aren't necessarily as well known as other areas around the world. This miniseries delves into some of the various species of animals that call Australia home. The cassowary, tree-kangaroo, dingo (keep an eye on your babies), echidna and platypus are among the creatures profiled on "Wild Australia," which also looks at the varied environments where the wildlife lives.
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Footage from within the pouch of the red kangaroo, the largest marsupial on earth; exploring budgerigar parrots and the brown snake.
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Short-legged, muscular marsupials native to Australia that fight toxic plants and killer bunnies to survive in the desert.
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Inside the tropical rainforest in northeast Australia lives the largest birds and crocodiles on Earth along with kangaroos that climb trees.
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Bizarre mating rituals of the cuddly-looking koalas that live in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia, also home to platypuses and echidnas, two types of mammals that lay eggs.
Chris Barnes has a large and unusual family. The Australian is `mum' to nearly 30 kangaroos that he cares for around the clock. That seems to explain his nickname, Brolga, which is an aboriginal word for stork. Brolga spends his days rescuing and raising orphaned joeys, some of which are so tiny and fragile that they require constant care. Brolga provides the marsupials with everything they need -- including food, love and even a makeshift pouch. He spends months preparing the animals so they can eventually be released into their natural habitat and live a more normal life.
Whenever documentary filmmakers at Discovery Channel and the BBC unite for a project, stellar television seems to follow. "Planet Earth: Africa" stems from this collaboration, as did the breakthrough natural history series "Life" in 2009. David Attenborough narrated that one, and he's back to take viewers on a journey through the vast and diverse continent of Africa. Four years in the making, during which more than 2,000 hours of video were shot, the program consists of six hour-long episodes that feature an array of never-before-filmed species, animal behaviors and previously unknown places. Cameras uncover the extreme dangers of the Kalahari, the dense forests and snow-capped peaks of the Savannah, the dynamic Congo rainforest, the ever-changing climate of the Cape and the massive and parched Sahara.
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.
Not all animals are meant to be domesticated and kept as household pets. Many wild animals, by definition, are rough and rowdy, often leading to out-of-bounds behavior or savage instincts run amok. This series showcases jaw-dropping moments captured by cameras, including attacks on people and other animals, "believe it or not" encounters, and animals that portray human traits. Heroic acts of bravery, narrow escapes and unpredictable incidents are also featured in the hourlong episodes.
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.