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Secrets of the Crocodile Caves

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NOVA profiles the lives of two of Madagascar's many species—the crowned lemur and the cave-dwelling crocodile.

The program:

  • explores Ankarana, a reserve in northern Madagascar, which is home to a region of stone forests and unique animals and plants.

  • documents the crowned lemur's way of life, focusing on a troop of lemurs led by a one-eyed queen.

  • discusses the evolutionary history of crocodiles and lemurs.

  • explores the relationship between cave-dwelling crocodiles and a local tribe that believes they are sacred and protects them.

  • features the fossa, a lemur-hunting carnivore that lives nowhere else on Earth.

  • uses special filming techniques to capture the lepilemur, aye-aye, and other nocturnal animals.

  • presents the lifestyle of the crocodiles, which retreat to caves to cool their ectothermic bodies.

  • showcases how lemurs, crocodiles, and other animals and plants on Madagascar have developed adaptations suited to their own well-defined niches.

Taping Rights:Can be used up to one year after the program is aired.

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