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Cheetahs in a Hot Spot

Finding a Home

Lise Hanssen rescues a trapped cheetah. Namibia, a southern African nation that gained its independence in 1990, is the cheetah capital of the world. It is home to nearly 2,000 of the big cats, or one-sixth of the world’s 12,000 remaining cheetahs. Some of Namibia’s cheetahs live on protected lands, such as the Etosha park […]

Cheetahs in a Hot Spot

Deadly Hunters

Cheetahs must learn to stalk their prey. When it comes to cheetahs, speed kills. Indeed, cheetahs rely on their remarkable acceleration abilities to overtake fast moving prey, such as small antelope. But speed alone isn’t enough to ensure a successful hunt, as NATURE’s Cheetahs in a Hot Spot shows. Baby cheetahs must also learn to […]

Cheetahs in a Hot Spot

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The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. As the world’s fastest land animal, cheetahs are the odds-on favorite in almost any footrace. After all, they can accelerate to freeway speeds in just a step or two. But in the dry scrublands of southern Africa, the fast felines are falling behind in the most important […]

Inside the Animal Mind

Socially Aware

As you read this, you are probably aware of reading this. Indeed, you can also imagine yourself reading this — a sort of picture within a picture in your mind’s eye. But do animals share this kind of consciousness? That is the question asked by Part Three of NATURE’s Inside the Animal Mind. The program […]

Inside the Animal Mind

Stressed Out

Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, love, hate — emotions play a pivotal role in our lives. But do they loom large in an animal’s world as well? Part Two of NATURE’s Inside the Animal Mind explores that question in fascinating detail. In large part, researchers have found that emotions are accompanied by biochemical changes in the […]

Inside the Animal Mind

Who’s the Birdbrain?

Birds may have a reputation for being less than geniuses, but researchers are discovering that some are remarkably smart. Some birds have the capacity to recognize, count, or name different objects. Ravens, for instance, have the ability to solve difficult puzzles, such as untangling a knotted string to free up a tasty treat or figuring […]

Inside the Animal Mind

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Intriguing surprises await viewers Inside the Animal Mind a three-part NATURE miniseries. We all believe that our pets are both intelligent and sensitive. After all, they understand our commands, read our moods, and know just how to manipulate us to get what they want. In some ways, they anticipate our behavior as accurately as we […]

Horses

Web & Print Resources

Web Resources We recommend the following Web sites for those interested in subjects presented on the program. All links are valid as of March 8, 2002. Carousel Riding Center http://www.carouselridingcenter.org Learn more about Carol Wooley’s therapeutic riding center and the medal-winning horse Carousel. American Quarter Horse — Characteristics http://www.storeybooks.com/main/horse/horse_pages/horse_breeds/quarter_horse.html#Anchor-Breed-35882 Traits of one of the world’s […]