Animal Homes

Behind the Scenes: Puffin Cam

“Animal Homes: Cities” features a colony of over 40,000 puffins filmed from every angle imaginable. Cinematographer Mark Carroll explains how he got the close-ups using small GoPro cameras and the clever use of plush toys.

Animal Homes

Animal Cities | Episode 3

Animals congregate in huge colonies partly out of necessity and partly for the security that numbers provide. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, tucked in between hundreds of thousands of other seabirds, which provides shared information about food sources and reduces the odds of individual birds being attacked. But, colonies are […]

Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La

Baby Snub-nosed Monkey Abandoned by Mother

A juvenile Yunnan snub-nosed monkey is abandoned by his mother while a half-brother becomes her favorite. In order to survive he must depend on the generosity of his other family members.

Animal Homes

Puffins Search for the Perfect Home

The Hebrides islands in Northwest Scotland are home to the largest puffin population in the U.K. Every year, the seabirds congregate in huge colonies in order to find a mate and secure the perfect piece of real estate to raise their young.

Animal Homes

Location, Location, Location | Episode 2

Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the correct stream or tree, the correct building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household is a designer and engineer. Animated blueprints and tiny cameras chart the […]

Social Spiders Build Massive Nests

A spider found in parts of the Caribbean and South America forms colonies that comprise thousands of individuals. Working together these colonies can build nests more than 20 feet across.

Animal Homes

Behind the Scenes: The Warehouse Shoot

The opening scene of “Animal Homes: The Nest” features host Chris Morgan walking among a huge variety of bird nests in a darkened warehouse. Producer Ann Johnson Prum explains what went into filming this dramatic scene and gives us a glimpse of the nests’ permanent home at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Animal Homes

The Nest | Episode 1

Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few also contain man-made materials – colorful twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each one is a remarkable work of art, built with […]