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Africa's Animal Oasis
 
 
 
 

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  ASIN: 6304473826

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Journey to the heart of Africa - Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater. Here abundant plant life and a year-round supply of fresh water transform an extinct volcanic crater into a spectacular wildlife oasis. Discover the dazzling concentration of animals such as wildebeest, zebras, flamingos, elephants, and rhinos who flourish from the crater's bounty. Their compact presence makes this natural amphitheatre a predator's paradise, where each day brings an intense battle for survival.
Witness the birth of a wildebeest calf who must be on its feet within minutes or fall prey to resident
carnivores. Follow the call of hyena clans on the hunt as they search out their next meal. And feel the
tension mount as 280 pounds of lion takes on three tons of hippo. You'll experience the splendour of the natural world as never before in AFRICA'S ANIMAL OASIS.
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Lions of Darkness 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 630447525X

Three young lions walk out of the night and take over an older lion's territory and his harem of eight lionesses. This National Geographic video captures a year in the life of these lions of darkness and their pride. Filmed and narrated by renowned wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the 75-minute video provides an in-depth look at the lions' daily struggle to survive. The Jouberts add a personal touch by naming the lions and noting differences in their personalities and interactions with each other--especially their interactions with Tao, the youngest cub, who faces even greater obstacles than the others. A few scenes, such as the death of the older lion, may be too intense for younger children, but the realism of this video is what makes it such a fascinating and memorable.
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Eternal Enemies :
Lions and Hyenas
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304474636

Video Description:
Trek into the hidden battlefields of northern Botswana where lions and spotted hyenas clash in overlapping territories. With never-before-seen footage, much of it filmed at night, you'll uncover an intense and vicious blood feud that has been waged for millennia. Follow the Southern Clan, led by a powerful hyena matriarch whose firstborn female cub kills her sister at birth to assure her succession as leader of the clan. Lurk in the shadows as a lioness from the Central Pride gives birth to three cubs and then encounters a deadly Egyptian cobra. You'll be stunned by breathtaking chase scenes as the hyena matriarch is brutally killed by a male lion, throwing the clan into chaos. Discover nature's savage conflicts in this ancient rivalry between ETERNAL ENEMIES: LIONS AND HYENAS.
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Lions of the African Night 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304474377

If this video's female-run pride of 30 lions were guests on a talk show, the audience would spend
 the entire 60 minutes chanting "You go, girls!" Lion life is dysfunctional enough to make most people feel pretty good about their situations. First, the males have deserted the pride to start new ones with younger lionesses. Secondly, as the pack roams the jungle in search of game, the females have to fend off rogue males who want to take over. The males are shunned because: a) they'll kill the cubs of other males, and b) they'll grab the lionesses' kills for themselves. More functional animals get some airtime, too. Baboon parents try to get the kids to sleep; male and female tree frogs lay frothy egg bubbles together. But it's hard to compete with the drama of those queens--and a few kings-in-training--of the jungle as they growl and claw at each other over a wildebeest carcass, while narrator Richard Kiley informs us that "by the end of such a meal most of the pride will have at least one small injury." Still, it's heartwarming to see that after the meat is devoured the lions mend fences by licking each other's wounds. --Kimberly Heinrichs
Namibia
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Creatures of the Namib Desert 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 630447458X

The word Namib is thought to mean "emptiness," but the Namib Desert is not empty at all--there is life in the endless expanse of wind and sand. In this southwest African coastal desert, an area 1,300 miles long and 50 to 100 miles wide, creatures have learned to adapt to some of the most extreme conditions in the world. Plants and bugs, lizards, and snakes procure their only source of moisture from the fog, and even that is scarce. The sand lizard, one of 45 species of lizard in the Namib, lifts each foot alternately so as not to scorch its feet on ground that easily reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit. In 1963 a research institute was founded in the desert to study the rare species and perhaps solve riddles of evolutionary relationships. This video uses the scientists and their research
as the focal point and emphasizes insects perhaps more than anything else (there are 200 species of beetles in the Namib alone), though you will also see baboons, ostriches, and reptiles, among other animals. Highlights include the birth of a sidewinder snake, a father sand grouse bringing his family water from 50 miles away, barking geckoes, a spider cart wheeling down a dune to avoid a female wasp (unfortunately his escape is short-lived), and the landscape itself, which is breathtaking. 
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Survivors of the Skeleton 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304475926

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In South-western Africa, a vast ocean of sand collides with the Atlantic along the legendary Skeleton Coast. Thick fog, remorseless winds, and treacherous currents have driven mariners onto this coast for centuries, creating a vast graveyard of ships. Those who escape from the sea often perish more horribly in the barren sands of the ancient Namib Desert. For the native wildlife, survival proves to be just as difficult. Both predator and prey brave roaring dunes, flash floods, and scorching temperatures. Join legendary filmmakers Des and Jen Bartlett as they record ground-breaking footage in this dangerous and mysterious region. This is their story - the SURVIVORS OF THE SKELETON COAST.
Antarctica
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Antarctic Wildlife Adventure
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304473923
 

Video Description:
Set sail with a family of realize explorers for the most remote and starkly beautiful continent on
earth - Antarctica. Aboard the 50 foot schooner Damien II, a husband-wife naturalist team and their three sons will guide you on the voyage of a lifetime. Rocky coasts, azure blue seas, and magnificent towering icebergs set the backdrop for a wide variety of wildlife as you navigate south through the islands of the pristine Antarctic peninsula. From the deck of the small craft you will see humpback whales perform a graceful underwater ballet. And while on shore, you will mingle with three species of penguins as well as marvel at young elephant seals at play. Join National Geographic for the ultimate ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE ADVENTURE!
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Cousteau Collection, 
 - Lilliput in Antarctica
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6301820851

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South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition
 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6305444501 

 

When Frank Hurley loaded his cameras onto the Endurance in August 1914, ready to set sail with
Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic expedition, he had no idea of what he would end up filming. This silent movie, released in 1919, contains Hurley's record of the expedition, and of what happened when the ship became stuck in the ice, leaving the explorers with little hope of rescue. Of course, we know that they were eventually saved, almost two years after setting sail, thanks to an astonishing 800-mile voyage by Shackleton and a handful of men in a tiny ship's boat, but this film shows the resilience of these stranded men, even when rescue seemed impossible. The opening title card describes what follows as a tale of British pluck, and it's remarkable to see how the explorers maintained their good spirits even when things were at their bleakest: training dogs, learning to ski, and continuing their scientific research. Hurley even filmed the moment when the ship, crushed by the ice, finally sank: a few seconds of film that are agonizing to watch even now. And when the ordeal ended, when lesser men might be resting and recovering, Hurley took the time to film the wildlife of South Georgia and the whaling station to which the exhausted men were taken. This freshly restored print is in wonderful condition and allows us to see, for the first time since the film's release, an incredible adventure brought to life.
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Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6303234461 

 

Unrelenting docudrama of determined British explorer Robert Falcon Scott (Mills), highlighting the details of his last expedition to the South Pole. This saga of bravery and endurance features an especially moving finale. Music by Vaughn Williams, who later used part of this score in his seventh symphony.
A fine British production which deals with Captain Scott's tragic 1912 expedition to the South Pole. Based on an actual event. 
Elephants
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Elephant 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304474296
 

Did you know that elephants live in tightly organized social groups led by females? That there are 100,000 muscles in nature's most versatile appendage, the trunk? That elephants communicate with each other using low-frequency calls (similar to whales) over distances of up to three miles? You'll learn these and other intriguing facts in National Geographic's Elephant. However, you will also bear witness to the plight of these gentle giants as they struggle to survive in an industrialized world. Meet the scientists and humanitarians whose lives revolve around studying and protecting them. Overall, Elephant is an engaging study of nature's largest land animal. While the viewer is treated to beautiful images of elephant family life, the film is true to its narrative in depicting the flip side: the wasteful death of elephants shot by poachers; the cruel "breaking" of elephants who are forced into a life of domestic servitude; and the "cropping" (killing) that is enforced by park rangers in the name of population control. Gritty and honest, this film does not shy away from presenting the reality of the elephant's present and its uncertain future.
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Eyewitness: Elephant
 
 
 
 

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  ASIN: 6303893384
 

How did the elephant get its trunk? That question, and many more, are answered in DK Vision's Eyewitness: Elephant, a wild exploration of the world's largest land animals. From their evolutionary ancestors (some, smaller, some even bigger!) to their interactions with the modern world, their lives are displayed in fascinating detail via the magic of DK Vision's expert graphic artists and videographers. Family members of all ages will find something to interest them, whether it's the brilliant images, the beautiful animals, or the pachydermal facts so well conveyed by Martin Sheen's narration. And, since we're not like elephants--we sometimes forget--Eyewitness: Elephant is a video that's well worth watching again and again. 
Africa
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Zebras-Patterns in the Grass
 
 

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  ASIN: 6304476078

Video Description:
Come to the windswept plains of Africa for one of the Earth's most ancient and beautiful spectacles,
the great zebra migration to Botswana. You'll travel ancient trails with thousands of these wild striped horses who share vast grasslands with wildebeests, elephants, and their deadly enemy - the lion. On this three-hundred mile journey you'll see the tender first moments of a young foal's life as she instinctively studies and memorizes her mother's stripe pattern so she'll never get lost in the herd. You'll witness how zebra family groups are rigidly organized for protection and the consequence of not following the rules - strict punishment from dominant zebras or worse, death from predators. Join National Geographic and learn the secrets behind Africa's graceful ZEBRA: PATTERNS IN THE GRASS.
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Season of the Cheetah 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304474490
 

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Dogs might chase cars, but only a cheetah could actually catch one. These big cats, the fastest land
animals in the world, can attain speeds of 60 miles per hour, if only for short sprints. Still, that's all they need to nab a hapless Thomson's gazelle in Season of the Cheetah, a still-timely National Geographic Video Classic. Following small groups of these lithe, graceful killers as they return to the Serengeti for the spring rainy season, we can see their complicated social life, their struggles with competitors such as (much larger) lions, and their reliance on quick kills for their everyday sustenance. While their situation and numbers have improved somewhat over the years, their fight for life is just as gripping as ever. Add to that the absolutely smashing footage of the Serengeti during and after a storm--the inescapable torrents, the churning clouds, and the eerie light that follows--and you'll find Season of the Cheetah irresistible.
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Rhino War
 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304475551

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In Africa, the war to save the black rhino is reaching a bitter climax. Armed poachers have swept through East Africa slaughtering the rhino for its valuable horn - bringing the animal perilously close to extinction. In an unprecedented conservation measure, Zimbabwe game rangers now guard Africa's black rhino population with the government's permission to shoot poachers on sight. Both man and beast are dying in this tragic conflict; the enemies are greed, corruption and ignorance in THE RHINO WAR.
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African Wildlife 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304473842
 

Video Description:
Witness the realities of birth, death and survival in this vivid encounter with the animal world. AFRICAN WILDLIFE was filmed in Namibia's Etosha National Park over the course of two
years, capturing extraordinary close-ups of animal behaviour: a wildebeest giving birth, a zebra mother successfully defending her foal from the swift attack of a cheetah, and a young springbok alerting his herd to the presence of a predator with stiff-legged leaps.
North America
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Really Wild Animals: 
Amazing North America 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304475675

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Get ready for a wild ride with Spin, National Geographic's animated globe-on-the-go, as he zips his way around North America! From the frozen arctic to the southern swamplands, you'll meet the amazing animals that make North America a continent of surprises. Watch polar bears and white wolves struggling for survival on the icy tundra; alligators patrolling the swampy waters of the Okefenokee; and ground squirrels battling rattlesnakes in the wild, wild West. Award-winning cinematography and rocking music videos make the proud spirit of North America's animals come alive. So let's go for a "spin"...around AMAZING NORTH AMERICA! It's just one of the many Really Wild Animals adventures in this series. 
Reptiles
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Secret World of Reptiles
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304100809
 

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Reptiles & Amphibians 
 
 
 
 

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ASIN: 6304475500

From ancient dinosaurs to modern-day turtles to the mystery of the Loch Ness monster, reptiles have been a part of the evolutionary process for more than 350 million years. Reptiles and Amphibians was released in 1989 but appears to be pieced together with even older stock footage. A T. rex fighting looks a bit like a scene from Godzilla. Just the same, this video is still informative and curious. The life cycle of frogs, sea snakes in Australia, as well as an experiment examining how lizards regenerate their tails and if such regeneration could be adapted by man is all thought-provoking. Nearly every continent of the world is touched on, as is the concept of reptiles as gods in some cultures and simultaneously as monsters in others.

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