Our experiments tested the abilities of individual hummingbirds to fly in reduced oxygen, such as occurs at extreme high altitudes. The results allow us to understand the limits of high-altitude performance, how these limits differ among species, how they relate to genetic characteristics, and how they predict the elevational range limits of species. These experiments […]
Hummingbirds are amazing creatures to behold. They are the tiniest of birds, yet possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. Their wings beat faster than the eye can see and the speed at which they travel makes people wonder if it was indeed a hummingbird they […]
Weighing up to two tons, the giraffe is a colossal animal and unlike any other. Dr. Julian Fennessy walks us through the giraffe’s unique anatomy by examining the bones of a enormous male specimen.
Men and women in charge of caring for Uganda’s wildlife have gathered from across the entire country to capture a rare Rothschild’s giraffe. Lead by Dr. Julian Fennessy, their goal is to transport the animal across the Nile River, to an area safe from oil drilling.
“Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants” airs Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). 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 […]
Cameraman Vianet D’jenguet visits the famous chimpanzee sanctuary Tchimpounga, 27 square miles of forest and savannah, the largest chimp sanctuary in all of Africa. He meets their newest resident, a orphan who arrived just a few weeks ago.
Cameraman Vianet D’jenguet follows a troop of Western Lowland Gorillas through the Congo jungle. He encounters a large silverback male named Bouka. Although he pretends to ignore Vianet and his crew, the gorilla is actually keeping a very close eye on them in order to protect his family.
Despite the number of years living and working as a wildlife cameraman in Europe, Vianet D’jenguet always carried fond childhood memories of the Congo wherever he traveled. In his job, D’jenguet filmed in many locations across Africa, but never in his homeland. My Congo represents his first opportunity to film in his native country and […]