Following an early interest in wildlife, John Downer studied Zoology at Swansea University. He combined this knowledge with a passion for photography. He started his professional career in the BBC Natural History Unit in 1981. Many of the innovative and award-winning programmes he made at that time pioneered many of the techniques that are now […]
This most innovative series employs more than 50 animatronic “spy cameras” disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild. Featured robotic look-alikes will infiltrate the natural world to film surprisingly human-like behavior, such as chimps that keep pets; dolphins that bear gifts; meerkat babysitters; birds that try to impress the females; and much […]
In the second part of The Story of Cats, we discover how cats first crossed from Asia into North America and how they went on to become the top predators of the continent. Today there are 13 feline species in the Americas – from the mighty jaguar, to the urban mountain lion, to the curious […]
The NATURE mini-series The Story of Cats features cats from around the world, from the lush jungles of Asia to snow swept peaks of the Himalayas to the comfort of our own homes. What could be more perfect than our closest feline companions watching their wild relatives on TV? Want to get in on the fun? […]
In the first episode of The Story of Cats, we discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent, and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how they evolved flexible limbs to climb, giant bodies to survive in the cold, and super senses to catch prey. […]
It’s ironic that the life of one of the world’s most identifiable and popular wild animals, the giraffe, is still something of a mystery. As these giants began to be studied, it was revealed that they don’t need to drink in the desert because they can get enough water just eating leaves. Another important finding […]
Pallas’s cats have learned to cope with mountain life. They often live in rock dens, which keep them well protected. They hunt insects, small rodents, and birds by using rocks for cover. But out in the open these 9 pound cats are vulnerable to attack from eagles and wolves, so they move with extreme caution.
With their aquatic skills – and powerful bite – jaguars are able to prey on the crocodile-like caiman. An extraordinary act of such predation was filmed by a tourist in Brazil’s Pantanal.