Indonesia" is the first television wildlife program to explore this
spectacular archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, stretching 3,000 miles
from Asia to Australia. The two-and-a-half hour program captures Indonesia's
dazzling natural diversity and ancient cultures in a breathtaking journey
to one of the world's last wild frontiers. William Hootkins narrates.
Indonesia, a land teeming with natural beauty, is home to a staggering 15 percent of the world's species. Until recently, harsh landscapes and an intricate political system made much of Indonesia inaccessible to explorers and film crews. The "Wild Indonesia" crew worked for two years to film this delightful special and bring viewers some of the most exotic creatures on earth -- from pygmy buffaloes to birds of paradise to demon-faced baribusa.
The first segment, "Where Worlds Collide," looks at the many Indonesian islands that form a stepping-stone bridge between Asia and Australia. Though the islands are closely linked, the wildlife from each has never met. Asian animals, including tigers, elephants, orangutans and rhinos, are found on the western Indonesian islands. In the east, Australian animals such as cockatoos, kookaburras, kangaroos and cuscus make their homes. This segment explores how this surprising split in Indonesia's wildlife came about.
The second segment, "The Mystery of Sulawesi," takes viewers to Sulawesi, the mysterious island where Asian and Australian animals meet. Almost every animal on this island is unique -- from the anoa, the smallest buffalo in the world, to baribusa, tarsiers and cuscus. This segment unravels the mystery of how Sulawesi came to be home to some of the quirkiest creatures on the planet.
The last segment, "Creatures of Island Kingdoms," looks at how the archipelago's islands metamorphosed from isolated mountains of hot lava to comfortable homes for a multitude of the strangest animals on Earth. From bats and birds of paradise, to Komodo dragons, monarch butterflies and elephants, this segment brings viewers the hidden treasures of these isolated oceanic wonderlands.
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