BBC Earth – New Guinea
Go on an adventure with an international team of scientists, cameramen and cave explorers to one of the last pristine jungles of the world: New Guinea.
New Guinea consists mainly of rugged tropical rainforest that has never before been visited by Westerners. The island has as many different species than in Australia and America! And what animals! In the dense forest, the team will find the most bizarre creatures: the smallest parrot in the world, a talking Beetle and unprecedented bats and lizards. Along the way they discover new cave systems that have never been visited by people and they come face-to-face with the dangers of the jungle. But the ultimate goal is fantastic: a huge crater of an extinct volcano, hidden in the jungle.
Surrounded by towering rock walls closed this mysterious world from the rest of the rainforest. Biologists are asking themselves for years wondering what spectacular plants and animals can be found here.
Scientists and wildlife film-makers led by Steve Backshall, George McGavin and Gordon Buchanan explore Mount Bosavi, a giant extinct volcano covered by thick and largely unexplored rainforest in New Guinea. With the help of trackers from a remote tribe, they search for rare creatures and species to find evidence that may help stop the area’s trees being felled for timber. The nest of the world’s smallest parrot, an unusual beetle and new types of frog, gecko and bat are among the team’s first discoveries.
The team pushes deeper into the rainforest on the tropical island of New Guinea, where cameraman Gordon Buchanan enlists the aid of local tribespeople to help him film birds of paradise performing their unusual courtship ritual. George McGavin has to contend with a giant crocodile, and Steve Backshall discovers a hidden network of caves never previously seen by humans.
With the team’s explorations of New Guinea drawing to a close, George McGavin visits an erupting volcano, where he encounters a rare bird that depends on the hot ash to survive. Back at the original site, Steve Backshall and Gordon Buchanan head deep into the crater and discover two new mammals – a giant rat and a tree-climbing marsupial.