The Animal House
Video: A City of Twelve Million

To construct their homes, leafcutter ants will shift 40 tons of soil. There are subterranean highways connecting main chambers with side roads, temperature-controlled nurseries and trash pits. This is one house for twelve million inhabitants — a city larger than London and New York. (Video limited to U.S. & Territories.)
  • carol

    WOW!! God’s creatures are just so amazing!!

  • Christopher Burnier

    If ants can function underground…when we hit twenty billion people…will we have colonies underground as well…PBS is such an interesting channel…you see something and it consumes you for a while…inspiring ladies and gentlemn …

  • maria appel

    as a child i was always fascinated with ants, watching them crawl on our tables, on the walls, floors, and on the ground. In a tropical country like the Philippines, ants are everywhere. growing up surrounded by fruit trees, i had all the memories of watching these creatures make their home like the spiders which i really like. I just can’t understand why children here in America are very scared of spiders!

  • M. Chang

    just goes to show that we dont have to look far to find the wider world. it could be right under your nose…or even beneath your feet.
    it reminds me that i am one of the first in the generations of children who benefited from PBS programming having been in elementary school in the early 70s. im sure my interests in geology, astronomy, languages, music, and theater all came from exposure to PBS programs. (i was never interested in literature), and i am thankful for receiving these gifts as well as for the continuing presence of shows like nature, frontline, nova, sesame street, etc.
    now though, i think its time PBS considered a more active adult education content, as they have done during some summer month’s late night viewing. in a time when education is so costly and jobs to repay the kinds of loans necessary to fund it so scarce. an entire nation could benefit from the enhanced learning opportunities. not to mention if the right kind of community and corporate entities were involved, a focused format could in fact facilitate job readiness skills regionally, and be accessible to many viewers.

  • Patricia Self

    Watching the program, we were totally enthralled with the workings of the termite mound, the wasp nest, etc. And I was thinking of the endless hours spent by photographers, positioning their cameras and perhaps staying with the cameras as filming progressed? And it occurred to me that another great subject for PBS might just be showing how the amazing footage was obtained.

    All that aside, this is one phenomenal series, “Nature,” and always proves to be a learning experience that stays with us afterwards. This is the very essence of teaching to lifelong learning.

  • Valerie

    The creatures of THIS EARTH are indeed truly amazing!

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