Planet Earth: Season 1, Episode 8

Jungles (8 Apr. 2007)

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On 3% of the Earth's surface, the rain forest is the habitat for half our animal species, even 80% of insects. So its wildlife is most competitive, like the birds of paradise's mating, and ... See full summary »


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On 3% of the Earth's surface, the rain forest is the habitat for half our animal species, even 80% of insects. So its wildlife is most competitive, like the birds of paradise's mating, and specialized with unique relationships of predation, parasitism etc. For plants, the quest for light is key to stratification, paralleled by interacting animals eating fruits, leaves and other animals. Even the jungle cacophony is stratified. On the soil, recycling specialist like fungi restart the cycle of life. In Central Africa even herds of elephants specialize in following self-made forest paths. Written by KGF Vissers

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Himself - Narrator: This is our planet's hothouse, the jungle, the tropical rainforest. Forests like these occupy only 3% of the land, yet they're home to over half of the world's species. But how do so many different kinds of plants and animals find the space here to live alongside one another?
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Wonderful pictures of beauty - mystery of life
31 July 2009 | by (Florence Italy) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most wonderful documentary productions I have ever seen.

Surprising facts (like the Cordiceps mushrooms which grow within insects, for example ants, firstly misleading their brains, then killing the ants, then growing out of their heads).

Beautiful, striking pictures of male birds trying to enchant the females. Amazing pictures of frog females hypnotized by the strongest voice of what is supposed to be the best frog.

But for instance wonderful pictures of natural life, as the growing of plants and mushrooms. These scenes are also apt to be seen by little children of only three, four, five years as I experienced switching off the audio and putting a CD in my player. The kids were fascinated and continuously asked me questions, while I myself invented a children apt audio improvising on this wonderful pictures.

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