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Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

Episode 5 | Meet the Spies

Find out how the concept of Spy Creatures evolved from the original Bouldercam to the Penguincams that inspired the next-generation “spycams” featured in this series. It shows the painstaking work that goes into building the lifelike models and how the team deploys and operates the robotic cameras on location all over the world. It contains […]

Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

Getting Under a Spy Creature’s Skin

Get a glimpse under the skin of the robot cameras featured in the NATURE mini-series “Spy in the Wild”. The design and engineering that goes into these ‘spy creatures’ is simply stunning.

Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

Episode 4 | Bad Behavior

Spy Creatures infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime, and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught between crossfires as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Spy Egret is also a waterhole victim when elephants throw mud everywhere.

Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

Dolphins Behaving Badly

Teenage male dolphins are notoriously ill-behaved. A ‘Spy Turtle’ and ‘Spy Pufferfish’ keep tabs on all of their bad behavior.

Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

Skua Steals ‘Spy Egg’

Skuas are large sea birds that have a talent for poaching eggs. Go along for the ride as a skua grabs what it thinks is a penguin egg, but is really a hidden ‘spy camera’.

Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

Episode 3 | Friendship

Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds.

Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

Spy Bushbaby’s Funniest Moments

“Spy in the Wild” series producer Matt Gordon recounts the humorous behavior of some wild chimps as they interacted with an animatronic bushbaby.

Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

Is the Dikkop the Bravest Bird in the World?

The water dikkop (Burhinus vermiculatus) locates its nest close to the nest of the Nile crocodile for protection from other predators. However, Nile crocs are extremely territorial and being in such close proximity leads to some feather-raising situations.