Science and Nature

Colombia - Wild and Free

Journey to South America to explore the magnificent flora and fauna of Colombia, from the wild, largely deserted Pacific coast to the snow-covered volcanoes of the Andes, from the plains of the Orinoco region to the rainforests of the Amazon.

From the Pacific to the Andes

51m 3s

Journey to the largely uninhabited Pacific coast of Colombia, where humpback whales give birth and fish hunt crabs in the mangrove forests. Then ascend to snow-capped Andean volcanoes, home to stunning spectacled bears, condors and hummingbirds.

Episodes

  • From the Pacific to the Andes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    From the Pacific to the Andes

    S1 E2 - 51m 3s

    Journey to the largely uninhabited Pacific coast of Colombia, where humpback whales give birth and fish hunt crabs in the mangrove forests. Then ascend to snow-capped Andean volcanoes, home to stunning spectacled bears, condors and hummingbirds.

  • Two Rivers: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Two Rivers

    S1 E1 - 50m 30s

    Explore the magnificent eastern region of Colombia, a land defined by two powerful rivers: the Orinoco and the Amazon. Along the way, meet amazing wildlife, including jaguars, capybaras, anacondas, and pygmy marmosets, the world's smallest monkeys.

Extras + Features

  • A Collared Anteater in Jaguar Country: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Collared Anteater in Jaguar Country

    S1 - 2m 53s

    The oven-like temperatures of the dry season bring a mother jaguar and her cub to the local watering hole for an afternoon drink. Normally nocturnal, they prefer to rest in the shade of trees during the heat of the day and hunt at night. Nearby, a southern tamandua – also known as the collared anteater – digs up a snack with its powerful claws. While the cats sleep, the tamandua is hard at work.

  • A Mother Brown-Throated Sloth and Her Baby: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Mother Brown-Throated Sloth and Her Baby

    S1 - 1m 53s

    A mother brown-throated sloth and her baby live in the rainforest that covers the steep slopes of Colombia. They are uninhabited by humans, but a teeming with diverse flora and fauna. This young sloth will spend six months hanging onto its mother’s stomach learning from her. Considering these animals spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping in the treetops, this young one will be slow to learn.

  • Inside the Humpback Whale Nursery: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Inside the Humpback Whale Nursery

    S1 - 1m 51s

    The fjords of Utría National Park act as a nursery for young humpback whales and provide protection from hungry predators. After a year-long gestation period, these one-ton calves are born in June and July. Mother and calf use the safety of the fjord to practice skills like diving and leaping. Sound waves generated by these leaps are used to communicate with other whales over long distances.

  • Capybaras in the Wetlands: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Capybaras in the Wetlands

    S1 - 1m 13s

    A larger relative of the guinea pig, the capybara can grow to be approximately two feet tall and weigh 150 pounds. These semi-aquatic mammals are built to swim and congregate during the dry season around the few available watering holes. In in the Tupi language, the word “Capybara” translates to “grass eater”, a fitting moniker for these grazers.

  • Fun with the Burrowing Owls: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fun with the Burrowing Owls

    S1 - 1m 41s

    Life can be hard on the plains of Los Llanos, but fortunately there is one animal who finds time for some fun: the Burrowing Owl. True to their name, these owls live in burrows a few feet below the surface of the ground. The owl's long legs make them well-suited for all kinds of fun and games, especially if young owlets are involved.

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