Ingenious Animals: Series 1
A team of wildlife experts travel the globe in search of the most surprising animal stories and reveal how and why animals do such remarkable things.
Part 1: Intelligence
In episode one, we explore the incredible world of animal intelligence. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is in Florida to investigate a very unexpected relationship between a dangerous predator – the alligator – and a gentle giant – the manatee – which is changing our understanding of these creatures and has animal intelligence experts baffled. Zoologist Lucy Cooke visits Canada and the Bahamas, Biologist Patrick Aryee is in Cambodia and Conservationist Giles Clark is in Kenya
Part 2: Relationships
This episode explores the amazing bonds that animals have with each other and looks at some of the remarkable relationships they can have with humans.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is in Costa Rica looking at team spirit in capuchin monkeys. Biologist Patrick Aryee finds out how vultures are saving lives. Zoologist Lucy Cooke is in the US, discovering the medicine that may improve a rare pig’s relationship problems. And conservationist Giles Clark finds out how a clever matchmaking technique could help save the clouded leopard from extinction.
Part 3: Communication
The team investigate the strange world of animal communication. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is in Austria, where scientists are interpreting the howl of the wolf and asking if they really deserve their ‘big bad’ reputation. Zoologist Lucy Cooke discovers the communication skills required to persuade a penguin – raised by people – to swim. Lucy also heads to the Bahamas, where new research claims to have found that sharks could be social, make friendships and even have personalities. Conservationist Giles Clark is in Australia, Biologist Patrick Aryee is in South Africa
Part 4: Bodies
In this episode we explore the anatomical secrets of some of the most fascinating animals on the planet. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is in the French Alps to find out how one man’s understanding of an eagle’s physical abilities could help him to unlock its potential and save it from extinction. Conservationist Giles Clark is in Australia meeting a kangaroo that’s more at home climbing in the trees than hopping through the outback. Zoologist Lucy Cooke is in Costa Rica to find out if the sloth’s laziness is the key to its success, Biologist Patrick Aryee discovers how a fox with supersensitive hearing can thrive in one of the harshest habitats on earth, and marine biologist Shanta Barley reveals the secrets of the platypus.