Uncover The Incredible Life Of Ten Of The World’s
WILDEST ISLANDS FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO THE FALKLANDS
New Delhi: Two thirds of our planet is covered by water, and in each of our great oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers, islands are dotted everywhere. These countless islands vary not only in size and climate, but also by the types of organisms that inhabit them. Featuring a diverse palate of island types that ranges from tropical locales to the cold, harsh Arctic regions, WILDEST ISLANDS celebrates the world’s most spectacular isles starting Saturday, April 13th at 8 pm on Animal Planet.
A ten-part series, WILDEST ISLANDS explores the fascinating wildlife, remarkable people, and epic landscapes of ten of the world’s most remote islands and delves into what makes them special, exploring the history and extremes of life in these dramatic landscapes. Discover the natural beauty of the Galapagos and Sri Lanka, get lost in the countless islands of Japan and the Philippines, trek across the mountainous Vancouver Island, shelter in the windswept Falklands and journey through the isolated jungle islands of Brazil’s Rio Negro. Experience the extraordinary array of flora and fauna that these islands offer; from the wolves, bears, and orcas of Vancouver Island to the serows and snow monkeys in Japan.
Gain an in-depth understanding of these astonishing environments and experience the awe-inspiring sceneries, stunning details, and unique cultures that exist throughout the world’s WILDEST ISLANDS in the following episodes.
Some of the most extreme wildlife can be found on these dramatic landscapes.
Zanzibar - Lying 40 kilometers off the East Coast of Tanzania in Africa, Zanzibar is home to the Coconut Crab. Weighing over four kilograms with a leg span of up to a meter, the coconut crab is the world???s largest land living invertebrate. Unlike most of its relatives, the coconut crab can???t survive in water, it would drown if submerged. Also known as the robber crab or palm thief, coconut crabs are great climbers.
Caribbean - Found in Trinidad, the southernmost island in the Caribbean Leatherbacks are the largest sea turtles on Earth, growing up to two meters long and weighing up to a thousand kilos. The temperature of the nest will determine the sex of the hatchlings. If it's higher than 30 degrees Celsius, the hatchlings will be females, cooler nests produce males.
Galapagos - Situated 600 miles west of Ecuador in South America are The Galapagos Islands, which were named after their giant tortoises. The Galapagos tortoise is the largest in the world. Some reach five feet in length and can weigh a quarter of a ton.
Over 250,000 of swimming dragons, called Iguana inhabit the Galapagos. They are the world’s only species of marine lizard.
Japan: Islands Of Extremes
Explore the unique array of Asian and Arctic species that inhabit Japan, an expansive chain of 6,852 islands stretching over 2,400 kilometers and covering a range of wildly diverse climatic zones including snow-covered mountains and steamy mangroves. This is home to wildlife not found anywhere else on Earth, including some of the planet’s hardiest species. Winter in Japan’s central and northern islands can be savage.
Amazon River Islands: The Floating Forests
Learn about the amazing creatures that inhabit the thousands of isolated jungle islands spread along the Rio Negro and the Amazon River, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. Stranded on the mighty Rio Negro, these islands are engulfed by seasonal floods changing their landscapes completely, so everything here is forced to adapt or die. At the heart lie the Anavilhanas and Mariua archipelagos surrounded by flooded forests and hidden dangers.
Vancouver Island: Rivers Of Life
Over in British Columbia, Canada, lies Vancouver Island, a vast and wild island with a backbone of jagged mountains running its length. The largest island off the west coast of North America, its glaciers fuel the flow of some of Canada’s tallest waterfalls and an endless network of rivers and creeks make it the ideal habitat for the Pacific salmon. Witness the remarkable journey of millions of salmon migrating up its rivers. The swarming fish attract not just black bears, but Steller sea lions, bald eagles and killer whales. Turkey vultures gather for the migration south as they head for warmer weather in winter.
Philippines: Islands Of Mystery
The Philippine archipelago is made up of over 7,000 tropical islands and is a breeding ground for many rare animals. On the stunning island of Palawan, where craggy limestone cliffs poke out from the dense jungle, giant bugs roam the land. Predators line the edge of the forests, while rivers help carve one of the world’s most extensive cave systems, a subterranean cavernous world crowded with bats, whip scorpions, tarantulas, and other insects. This is the home of the mysterious bearcat, an animal that looks like a cross between a bear and a cat though related to neither and is as agile in the trees as a monkey.
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