Tag archives for Predation

Just over a week ago, on Sunday, November 2, Nat Geo WILD embarked on a three-month safari in Kruger National Park in Africa for Wild Safari Live, bringing viewers a live safari from the heart of Africa everyday in real-time. On Saturday, November 8, at 11:45 a.m. ET, our cameras captured groundbreaking footage of a pack of wild…

It takes a level of fearlessness to get up off the couch and voluntarily forfeit the comforts of modern life for a semi-primitive existence. Naturally, the cast of Live Free Or Die are an adventuresome, thick-skinned bunch. Whether out of nature or necessity, the show’s subjects haven’t shied away from the disgusting and the dangerous,…

Here’s the good thing about ginseng – it’s worth a ton of money and it’s in the ground, fresh for the taking in 19 states. You know what I’m going to say next, right? Yeah, harvesting wild ginseng is really difficult. Forget about the whole scaling a mountain through the rain looking for a few…

While some animals have a reputation for being notoriously dangerous, there is always the unusual exception. Growing up in South Africa, Roger Horrocks, naturally developed a fear of a dangerous local predator, the giant crocodile. It was only until his first, face to face, underwater encounter with a crocodile that he began to question his…

Gator Battles Python

© Mike Barron The American alligator is a species success story. For millions of years, their kind has survived and evolved with the planet. And while the American alligator was once endangered, they now thrive in their native range, growing up to 15 feet in length. These giant reptiles are opportunistic hunters, lurking in waters…

Hyena Hunt

© Herbert Brauer / Aquavision Wildlife Filmakers In the heart of Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia, spotted hyenas reign as the top predator. Known to many as a scavenging species, hyenas are also masterful hunters. They live, hunt and travel in groups called clans which can include up to 80 individuals. By tracking down…

Kangaroo Kick

Kangaroos have extremely muscular hind legs and enormous feet, giving them the ability to execute large jumps with every bound. In a single leap, a gray kangaroo can cover 25 feet in distances and jump 6 feet into the air! In short bursts, they can reach speeds of over 35 miles per hour, or travel…

Bear Attack

© Grizzly Creek Films/ Rick Smith Naturalist Casey Anderson raised his six-foot, 800-pound best friend – grizzly bear Brutus – from birth. And for the last five spring seasons, Casey’s been safely studying wild bears’ natural behaviors in a cabin just west of Yellowstone. Ninety-nine percent of Yellowstone’s visitors never leave the park roads. Out…

Bear Battle

More than 2,000 brown bears call Katmai National Park home. Early in the spring season, brown bears emerge from winter hibernation, ravenous from six or seven months of surviving only on stored body fat. They have lost more than a third of body weight, so these lean, hungry bears feed on grasses until an opportunity…

Surviving Summer

© Aquavision TV Productions cc In August, Zambia’s Luangwa River becomes an unsettling battleground as both hunter and hunted struggle to survive. Animals are pushed to their limits as they endure the blistering sun, high temperatures, receeding rivers and lack of water. And hippos, lions and crocodiles are forced together in an area of just…

Giant Snakes

© David Hamlin/NGT&F A “super snake” is a serpent of our nightmares. A massive, writhing cold-blooded tube of 10,000 muscles, capable of delivering 9,000 pounds of pressure, growing to lengths of over 30 feet and weighing over 300 pounds. Giant snakes – such as the green anaconda or reticulated python – have a slow metabolism…

Pet Python Attack

In the U.S., pet pythons can be a danger; killing or seriously injuring more than 20 people in the last ten years. A python’s constriction is powered by 10,000 muscles. A human arm has five. Python vs. Gator premieres Wednesday December 15 at 10P et/pt.Video Preview: Rescue firefighters get a 911 emergency call claiming “my roommate is being chocked…

Warthog Burrows

Less than half of wild warthog piglets ever see their first birthday. So warthog mothers construct elaborate underground burrows in the African grassland to protect her brood from predators like cheetahs, lions and leopards. Warthogs feed on grasses and seeds during the day. In the clearing, warthogs have a panoramic view of all potential predators.…

Big Cats Dealing with Drought

© ZED Across Tanzania, big cats are suffering from scorching heat, unforgiving dust storms and water shortages. Once teeming with wildlife and flowing with water, the Ruaha River is empty except for a smattering of scorpions and lethargic animals too weak to follow their herd. In this region, there are few remaining pools of refreshing…

Illegal Leopard Poaching

The leopards’ stunning coat is also a death sentence. Despite an agreement protecting these endangered big cats, 2,000 leopards are illegally hunted each year in Africa. Their skins are often used in local rituals and worn by church leaders, witch doctors and presidents as signs of noble power. Leopards are void in more than 80% of…

Lion Prides Hunting Buffalo

© Wildlife Films Botswana / Mike Meyers Award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert began watching big cats in Africa 30 years ago. And according to the Jouberts, watching lions hunt buffalo are some of the most thrilling action moments they’ve experienced.  Buffalos travel in herds. And while the ideal side of…

Hunting for Snake Venom

Strike Force Production Crew Diary It’s obvious, when you’re dealing with highly venomous animals you have to be very careful. But when you’re filming a documentary about two scientists that handle deadly animals all the time, you have to be very careful. They make it look so easy, they make handling these killers look like…

Cannibalistic Crayfish

Perhaps overlooked by many people as a boring crustacean, the crayfish is actually a fascinating species with tons of quirky behaviors. Worms live on their pinchers, they urinate to solicit mating, they’re known to be aggressive and they’ll even eat a smaller crayfish to satiate their appetite. While many different types of crayfish species have…

Venomous Copperheads

In the eastern range of the United States, venomous copperheads are commonplace in the spring, summer and fall. The broad-banded species – like this snake, pictured – have dark, reddish brown cross bands that wrap around its body, a triangular-shaped head, heavy body, and tail tips with a grayish-green or even turquoise hue. As pit vipers,…

Insect Empires

Social insects – like bees, termites, hornets and ants – build magnificent empires often hidden from human view. But within these minute organizations are the enslaved and oppressed, the rewarded and ruling. Worker termites, Microtermes, are smaller than a grain of rice. They spend their days chewing up dead wood, carving through fallen branches, and making…

Hunting Crocs

The crocodile – a masterful predator that has change little in over 200 million years. And in the Katuma River in Africa, massive crocodiles wait in the calm water for the perfect ambush opportunity. These hunters are so strong, they grip their quarry and hold it beneath the water’s surface until it drowns. Since crocodiles…

When Polar Bears Attack

Examine the incredible size, speed and strength of some of the world’s biggest bears – the polar bear, brown bear and black bear. All native to North America, these formidable creatures can weigh more than 1,000 pounds, outrun an Olympic sprinter and take out prey with a single bite or swipe of the paw. Ultimate…

Carnivorous Baboon Rage

Eye of the Leopard tracks one cat for a remarkable three years in Botswana. She’s called Legadema, or “Light from the Sky,” and we follow her from the first vulnerable days as a cub all the way to developing into one of the most feared predators. Eye of the Leopard airs on Nat Geo Wild…

Viper Venom

Vipers have been evolving their way to the top of the reptile heap for millions of years. Armed with an amazing arsenal of deadly tools, vipers have proven to be remarkably successful predators. Sharpened by millennia of natural selection, vipers have used these advanced traits to penetrate almost every continent on the globe. But in…

Alien Eels

What is truly amazing about moray eels is that they have a second set of teeth! With rows of razor sharp teeth, they are known to be fierce underwater predators. Alient Eels premieres Thursday October 14 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.