Segments in this Video

Morning Warnings (04:31)


Indri lemur families live in Madagascar rainforests, gathering every day to mark group territories with calls heard two kilometers away. They synchronize sounds and rival communities sometimes engage in vocal battles. Special alarms have been developed to defend against predators.

Reunited By Voice (03:41)

Magellanic penguins migrate to Patagonia to breed; the monogamous birds search for mates among 500,000 others. After arriving on shore, they walk a kilometer to nesting sites before using specialized throat structures to create unique braying sounds identifiable by partners.

Aromatic Advertisement (03:30)

Solitary clouded leopard females leave scents within territories, signaling presence and seasons. A male flehmens, smelling a female's odor and detecting mating willingness; he urinates, cheek rubs, and scrapes, communicating existence and intent. They leave messages until meeting, and then breed.

Chemically Run Operation (02:20)

Black harvester ants forage grass seeds in desert heat; different groups cut them from blades, deliver them home, and mark directions. Within the colony, individuals communicate through touch, and can identify non-members.

Communicative Species (04:35)

Chimpanzees convey through sound, signs, and body language. Pant-hoots are most common vocalization; alpha males perform it most, asserting dominance. A mother watches her baby practice climbing and socializing; when ready to leave, she signals for him to climb on her back.

Blossoming Invitations (06:32)

Rafflesias spend months as buds; when ready to pollinate, they bloom into flowers spanning a meter. Their scent resembles rotting flesh, attracting pollinating carrion flies. Bucket orchids emit sweet aromas, enticing orchid bees, and using elaborate methods to attach pollen to their backs.

Drumming Out Domain (02:20)

Great spotted woodpeckers tap to mark territories; they prefer hollow trees, amplifying sounds and typically full of insects. Their hammering is heard a kilometer away, and loudness is a sign of overall health; reinforced skull and well cushioned brains protect from impacts.

Cacophonous Community (03:40)

Gibbons loudly perform a variety of calls and hoots, daily marking territories through intense noise. They modify vocal cords to sing high notes. Sumatran siamangs use resonating gular sacs to amplify communications.

Colorful Communication (03:19)

A chameleon locates food; he tells a competitor to back off by changing hues and rocking from side to side. The threatened challenger withdraws, allowing the hunt to resume.

Waving Crustaceans (02:05)

In Egypt, fiddler crabs emerge, foraging for food under sand during low tides. Males have one giant claw, using it to attract females and assert dominance over territories; when conflicts arise, it is used as weapon.

Dancing Spider (04:29)

A tarantula seeks a mate, locating a burrow by chemicals on web bits left outside. He taps, communicating his presence; she emerges. He strokes her legs, putting her in a trance, before quickly mating and running away; females often cannibalize partners.

Displaying Qualifications (04:29)

Frigate bird males situate themselves in ground nests during mating season, advertising locations by stretching wings and inflating red throat pouches while calling out. The bright gular balloon amplifies sounds and doubles as drum. Females choose impressive mates that hide them from rivals.

Credits: Call of the Wild - Wildest Survival (00:29)

Credits: Call of the Wild - Wildest Survival

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In this program, we explore animal communication, revealing the incredible adaptations that enable animals to "talk" to each other. Using signals, body language, and complex vocalizations, communication is vital in the animal world. Helping to find a mate, locate food, or teach young animals how to avoid danger, communication is the key to guaranteeing the survival of these species.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: FMK186733

Copyright date: ©2017

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