Sunday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m.
In the early 1990s, Saddam Hussein destroyed the Mesopotamian Marshes when its inhabitants rebelled against him. Once the richest wildlife habitat in the Middle East, this beautiful “Garden of Eden” was reduced to mile after mile of scorched earth, and was thought to have been destroyed forever. But one man is making an extraordinary effort to restore both animals and people to the scene of one of the greatest ecocides of the twentieth century. Can man and animal live again in what remains one of the most politically troubled and dangerous places on Earth?
Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom
Nature takes viewers deep into the secretive world of wolverines – the largest and least known members of the weasel family. Legend paints them as solitary, bloodthirsty killers that roam the frozen north, taking down prey as large as a moose, and crushing bones to powder with their powerful jaws. Is there any truth behind the legend? A new image of the wolverines is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than their reputation suggests. The little demons may be the gluttonous gluttons that their scientific name (Gulo gulo) implies, but they are also much more family-oriented than anyone would have guessed.
Sunday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Revealing the Leopard
Leopards are very shy, despite their size and strength. They originally evolved in the African jungle, but are very adaptable, and now live from the far end of Siberian Russia, to the farmland around the Cape, in South Africa. They are one of the most widespread large predators, and they outnumber all the other big cats added together.
Sunday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m.
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Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes - they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. Knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Pictured: Swordbilled hummingbird.