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South America Uncovered

Premieres: Southeast Asia on Oct 3 at 9:00 pm; Australasia on Oct 1 at 9:30 pm; North Asia on Nov 7 at 9:00 pm

- Journey through one of the last frontiers on earth this on Animal Planet -

Spanning from the Antarctic to the Equator, South America is a land of great extremes and until very recently, largely impenetrable. Within its incalculable landscape, the continent has the planet's greatest river system, longest mountain chain, driest desert and largest biodiversity of any place on Earth. Animal Planet's 5-part special SOUTH AMERICA UNCOVERED traverses this vast continent to uncover the exciting and unique biodiversity that inhabits its dramatic landscapes. SOUTH AMERICA UNCOVERED features WILD SOUTH AMERICA: PENGUIN SHORES, AMAZON ABYSS, WOOLLY JUMPERS: MADE IN PERU, ANDES: THE DRAGON'S BACK, and WILD SOUTH AMERICA: THE GREAT PLAINS 

On WILD SOUTH AMERICA: PENGUIN SHORES, we follow the journey of water from the stormy Southern Ocean to the Equator via the mighty Humboldt Current. One of the most inhospitable habitats on Earth is transformed into one of the richest marine ecosystems known, with the highest population of seabirds ever seen. Along the way, we also trace the journey that bull sperm whales, penguins, killer whales, dolphins, sea lions and many others take to get to their final destination for the season.

The Amazon is the last great unknown region on Earth but what lies beneath the great river's surface? Amazingly, it is only in recent years that scientists have discovered that the Amazon and its tributaries have astonishing hidden depths. AMAZON ABYSS reveals plunge pools up to 120 meters deep are inhabited by some of Earth's strangest creatures: primitive dolphins, weird electric knifefish, giant black piranhas and six-foot long man-eating catfish, just to name a few. Join the experts on their search for these creatures of the deep as many are filmed for the very first time on AMAZON ABYSS.

Welcome to deepest, darkest Peru and the troubled world of the woolly monkey. WOOLLY JUMPERS: MADE IN PERU is a story of hope and survival of a group of pioneering wild monkeys. Set against the stunning and magical backdrop of the Amazon rainforest, WOOLLY JUMPERS: MADE IN PERU is an intimate portrayal of the unique pressures faced by the endangered woolly monkeys. 

ANDES: THE DRAGON'S BACK celebrates the staggering beauty and incredibly varied wildlife of the world's longest and most geologically active mountain range. The programme journeys from the Antarctica to the Equator, travelling over glaciers, fjords, forest and volcanoes. Along the way, intriguing stories of natural history reveal how mountain animals have evolved to cope with the physical development of the Andes - a process that continues to this day.

The SOUTH AMERICA UNCOVERED special wraps up with WILD SOUTH AMERICA: THE GREAT PLAINS. Sweeping across southern Brazil and covering more than 2,000,000 square kilometers, the Great Plains is one of the most remarkable yet little known habitats in all of South America. These high plateau grasslands and the low-lying swamps they encircle are home to some of the most extraordinary animals in the world including jaguars, anacondas, wolves, caiman, anteaters and macaws. Learn about these amazing creatures and their habitats, and witness their battle to survive in this land of extremes.