Moment of Impact


The natural world is filled with “moments of impact” – the split seconds when animals come into contact with each other and the world around them. Previously many of these moments were too fast or too hidden for us to see. But now new camera technologies reveal what’s behind these remarkable moments, and cutting edge animations illustrate the “inside story” of animal bioengineering that allows each moment of impact to take place.

Episode 1: Hunters & Herds
They are the scenes of some of the largest concentrations of predators and prey on the planet – the vast tracts of grassland and savannah found on every continent but Antarctica. Yet survival in this kind of open, horizontal world is far from easy, with few places to hide, a scarcity of vegetation, drought, fire and the threat of attack by some of the world’s fastest and most powerful hunters.

From Africa’s Serengeti to California’s grasslands, some of nature’s most dramatic moments are caught, examined and “fractured” into their unique parts … within creatures great and small … to reveal the amazing abilities that give each animal the instinct, intelligence and brute prowess to survive. From elaborate impact sequences that spin around animals caught in a “frozen moment” to animations that go inside their bodies – a unique view of animals’ amazing biomechanics is revealed.

Episode 2: Jungle
Teeming with creatures in every shape and form, the jungle is the most diverse habitat on the planet and home to nearly half of the world’s plant and animal species. Rising hundreds of feet from the dark depths of the tropical forest floor, through layers of twisting branch and canopy full of life – this vertical landscape pushes the limits of animal engineering.

The jungle’s layers are peeled back to dissect more amazing moments of impact. Stealth and ambush reign in the jungle and survival depends on highly tuned senses and ingenious defenses. From ninja ants to flying snakes, cameras dive underwater, sail through trees and penetrate fur, feathers, skin and bone to reveal the science of some amazing animal engineering hidden deep in the jungle.

Moment of Impact premieres over two Sundays, April 4 and April 11, 2010.

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  • Michele

    does anyone know if the full episode will be available online after this airs?

  • NATURE Online

    Hi Michele – Yes, both episodes of this program will be available online the day after they premiere.

  • mervyn cohen

    How can I purchase a CD of moment of impact

  • Carol and Richard Foster

    We have done two major sequences for the moment of impact.

  • JC G

    This was an amazing episode… Nature is usually hard to turn away from, but this is an outstanding episode, better than most. Great combination of exciting visuals and cool science.


    #1 was a terrific program! We’ll be watching tomorrow for #2. Thanks for all the hard work that must have taken…I can’t even imagine how many hours were spent to make those two episodes.

  • fereydoun ejtehadi

    Facinating and amazing program especially in HD. Is this program available in Blue Ray DVD to purchase?

  • Zachary Gillman

    DVD will be available on 4/22/2010. $25.94 with shipping and handling. They said that this is not available on Blu-Ray… Call 800-336-1917 to pre-order…

  • Carl

    This two-part series was fantastic!!! Thank you PBS Nature!

  • Rachel

    Absolutely amazing! The science behind how Ospreys helicopter and fish was just fascinating. Thanks for the info on buying a copy of this video. I must have it. LOVE IT!!!

  • Kristen Bieger

    Are you guys going to get in more videos about lions? or at least wolf ones?

  • alondra

    10:29 10\6\11 i like the story to the skeleton>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.i love

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