Next Episode of Animals with Cameras is
What if animals could tell their own stories? Animals spend so much time in places where human camera operators can't go, filming wildlife is often impossible. But that's going to change in this groundbreaking series, where the cameras are given to the animals.Presenter and wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan deploys specially developed on-board cameras to answer vital questions about their secret lives. How do young chimps learn to avoid deadly snakes high in the jungle canopy? How do cheetahs manage to hunt in tangled woodlands in Namibia? Who tends baby meerkats deep in their underground burrows, when mum is out foraging?Gordon will works closely with scientists for whom on-board cameras are a vital new research tool, helping them better understand and protect animals. The delightful new perspective these cameras allow will take us deeper into the lives of some of our favorite animals than ever before.
In the first episode, the team uncover the hidden lives of three iconic animals. In the Kalahari Desert the team put cameras on wild meerkats for the first time, allowing scientists to finally understand what these miniature mammals get up to underground. Heading to Cameroon, Gordon works with scientist Mimi Swift, who is desperate to understand whether Kimbang, a four-year old orphan chimp, has the skills she needs to be able to join a chimp family living wild in the forest. Leaving Africa for Argentina, the team have penguins carry tiny cameras far out to sea on an epic journey of up to 300 kilometres (200 miles). For the first-time, scientists are able to see the tactics these charismatic characters use to catch their prey.
In Namibia, wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan joins a cheetah conservationist who wants to see if three orphaned cheetahs, who she has raised from a day old, can learn to hunt effectively in the thick vegetation. The on-board cameras, the first to ever be worn by cheetahs hunting in Africa, give the team an amazing first-hand view. In Australia, the team put cameras on fur seals to try to see how they hunt their prey and avoid attacks by great white sharks. And in South Africa, the team deploy the first-ever cameras on wild baboons in an effort to understand why these clever monkeys sometimes raid farmers' crops. The cameras give a remarkable insight into the shy baboons' lives, showing intimate scenes of sunbathing and grooming.
In the last of this captivating series, Gordon and the team of scientists continue to make extraordinary discoveries about the lives of some of the planet's most fascinating species.
In the heart of the Atlantic Gordon joins a team of scientists who are keen to learn why a large number of devil rays, or ‘fish with wings', gather near the Azores archipelago every summer. The team deploys specially designed cameras which are towed behind the rays and can survive the crushing ocean depths. The cameras film breath-taking scenes of unborn ray pups kicking inside their mothers - a sign that this gathering might be a breeding ground for these mysterious ocean giants.
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