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Australia: Animals Down Under

Australia: Animals Down Under

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NATURE: Australia: Animals Down Under Episodes include... Cracking the Koala Code - The film explores the day-to-day dramas of urban koalas, seen through the eyes of the scientists studying their every move and vocalization. Fascinating social dynamics include a mother raising her baby, territorial displays and vicious fighting by males competing for mating rights, and the surprising life and loves of "traveling salesmen," rogue males who truly play the field. New science even "cracks the koala communication code," providing insights into their basic language and social structure. Their thunderous roars are difficult to reconcile with the familiar perception of them as cuddly creatures, yet there is a great deal about them that is surprising. Viewers will get a whole new perspective after watching this film. (Rated TV-PG) Outback Pelicans - The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. It is a place you might expect to see kangaroos but certainly not waterbirds. Yet once every ten years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans -- a third of all the pelicans in Australia -- arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans which hatch and grow to adulthood in a few days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea. The pelicans have come home to court and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more. (Rated TV-G) Survivors of the Firestorm - The bushfires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fires are a natural force of nature which spur regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. Kangaroos and koalas, wombats and wallabies, endangered possums and gliders, lizards, echidnas, birds of all kinds, and even fish that lived among these eucalypts were overcome by the flames. Millions died. But burned and traumatized survivors tenderly nursed back to health at wildlife hospitals showed a remarkable ability to bounce back, and the environment an extraordinary capacity for healing. (Rated TV-PG) Kangaroo Mob - Meet the mob of street smart kangaroos moving into Australia's capital city and the ecologists following their every move. Over the course of one drought-stricken year we follow mob leader, Black Spot, and kangaroo mother, Madge, with her two young joeys - mischievous Sonny and tiny pouch-bound Alice. Here is a look at what happens when human development encroaches on wildlife habitat and two very different species are forced to co-exist. (Rated TV-PG) This DVD features subtitles in English (SDH)

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