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A Year in the Wild

Premieres: Southeast Asia on Dec 3 at 11:00 pm; North Asia on Oct 22 at 8:00 pm; Australasia on Nov 25 at 7:30 pm


Our Earth is a planet that follows its own natural rhythm where time dictates the life of animals that inhabit it. A YEAR IN THE WILD chronicles some of the greatest wildlife events taking place on our planet throughout the course of a year, from the sprawling river deltas to the icy deserts of the Arctic into the richness of the equator. Showcasing incredible spectacles of unparalleled proportions alongside individual tales and the fate of distinct characters, A YEAR IN THE WILD is a rollercoaster ride of stories, skillfully put together to paint a colourful and exciting portrait of life on our planet. 

Life on Earth is filled with complex and often inter-related events. From the lives of microscopic organisms to the biggest mass migrations, all are governed by the passage of the seasons throughout the year. At any one point in time, a pride of lions may be struggling to take down an adult buffalo in South Africa's Okavango Delta, while a procession of leafcutter ants marches through a South American forest carrying their green cargo, and elsewhere in Indonesia a komodo dragon stalks its prey. Each episode of A YEAR IN THE WILD showcases these remarkable natural occurrences, as well as tales of animals struggling to survive the change in seasons.

A YEAR IN THE WILD features selected locations and characters visited throughout the year, and threads a personal story through the entire series to present the passage of time and reflect the diversity of life at a particular time of the year. A colourful and intricate mosaic of snapshots, A YEAR IN THE WILD captures the rich diversity of wildlife, and the struggles of different organisms in dealing with the changing of the seasons. From the jungles of Thailand and the coral reefs of the South Pacific to the vast African plains and the harsh lands of the Sub-Antarctic, witness amazing spectacles of life on Earth on the following episodes of A YEAR IN THE WILD:

In January, while summer is in full swing in the Falkland Islands, the rainy season has come to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, transforming the parched African landscape into a lush green paradise. At this time of the year, in the Sub-Antarctic, young King Penguins are fighting to survive in their harsh surroundings. With the arrival of February, thousands of wildebeest set out for their annual migration towards the north of the Serengeti while under the constant watch of predators and scavengers.

In April, autumn makes way for winter in South Africa. This is the season when thousands of sea predators gather in anticipation of one of nature's most spectacular mass migrations: the annual sardine run. Meanwhile, in the South African desert, a group of meerkats are also busy caring for their growing family. A colony of Lyle's flying foxes make a temple their home while trying to cope with the heat of the Thai summer and a lioness grooms her newborn cubs in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

July is the height of winter in South Africa. The landscape is transforming into a dusty desert. Only the Okavango Delta is still a green oasis. In the Indian Ocean, on the South African coastline, ragged-tooth sharks gather to mate. Meanwhile, in Indonesia, a komodo dragon is chasing his prey, and in August, two lions are engaged in pursuit of a buffalo herd.

With the onset of September, spring arrives in South Africa, marking the start of the dry season. For many animals, finding food becomes a daily struggle and many herbivores have to go longer distances in search of good grazing. In the north of Thailand, the rainy season comes to an end, leaving the rice paddies flooded. The new abundance of water attracts a colourful collection of birds, not least a pair of common kingfishers. During these months, the coral reefs in the South Pacific fill up with a unique diversity of flora and fauna. October in Botswana means the Okavango Delta will dry up, posing a challenge to the animals that feed there.

In November, as spring turns into summer in South Africa, the rains bring relief to plants as well as animals after a long dry season. At the same time, in Canada, polar bears are fighting hunger and waiting with anticipation for the seawater to freeze. In the Antarctica, it is the breeding season for the Gentoo penguins. And in the Okavango Delta, along with the rains, the long-awaited buffalo herds also finally reappear in the Xakanaxa area. The Xkanaxa lion pride can once again take to hunting their favourite prey.