We all have a picture in our mind’s eye of what Earth’s great jungles look like. But you’ve never seen tropical forests like this before. In “Deep Jungle: New Frontiers,” see the jungle through the eyes of scientists who are using a new generation of high-tech tools to reveal long-hidden secrets.
Travel to Sumatra where researchers Gavin Thurston and Jeremy Holden try to capture on film — for the first time ever — the rare Sumatran tiger in the wild. As the explorers scramble along twisting paths struggling to follow the big cat’s trail, the question becomes: Who is stalking whom?
Explore Central America with bird expert Kimberly Bostwick, who seeks to understand how frenetic manakin birds produce their amazing sounds. Can a special video camera capture movements too fast for the eye to see?
Investigate Madagascar, where, 150 years ago, Charles Darwin predicted the evolution of an unusual moth with a 12-inch-long tongue. In DEEP JUNGLE, researchers stay up all night with a special night vision camera, looking for proof that he was right.
Take a trip to Borneo, where forest scientist Roman Dial proves that you can see the forest for the trees — but only if you climb up 200-foot-tall trees, armed with a special laser measuring stick that helps create a three-dimensional map of the forest.
Finally, journey to the Congo, where elephant researcher Steve Blake tracks forest elephants by satellite. First, Blake must manage to tag an elephant without getting killed.
After this visual voyage, your image of the jungle will be forever changed.
Production Credits Print
Beth King, STRI
Cede Prudente, North Borneo Safaris Sdn Bhd
English Heritage, Down House
Fauna & Flora International
Forestry Commission, Gabon
Kasanka National Park
Patrice Pasquier, Mistral Voyages
Sabah Forestry Department
Save the Elephants
Sepilok Orang Utan Centre
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Videographics Production, Sabah
Wildlife Conservation Society
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© Granada 2004
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
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A Co-Production of Granada Wild and Thirteen/WNET New York in association with National Geographic Channel International and France 5.
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DANIEL B. GREENBERG
About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
Photos for “Overview” and “Meet the Scientists” © Rupert Barrington / Granada Media Group. Photos for “For Educators” and “Resources” © Granada Media Group. Photo for “Jungle Travel” © Cede Prudente. Photo for “Tracking Forest Elephants” © Michael Kock. Other images from DEEP JUNGLE.
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