This must-have collection features 10 specially selected nature and wildlife specials from National Geographic's award-winning programming. From powerful stories of life-and-death struggles in the wild to intimate glimpses of rarely seen animal behavior, National Geographic journeys across land and sea to cover an impressive array of creatures in their natural habitats.
The collection contains The Rise of Black Wolf, American Serengeti, Big Sur: Wild California, Climbing Redwood Giants, Great White Odyssey, Superpride, Rhino Rescue, Return of the Clouded Leopards, Eden at the End of the World, and Giant Bears of Kodiak Island. See the Title List tab for more information.
The Rise of Black Wolf Follow the journey of a rebel named Black Wolf who breaks from his pack and survives to be one of the oldest wolves in Yellowstone. He'll travel paved roads that most wolves avoid at all costs as he ventures out to mate with a rival pack's females. At nearly twice the age that most wolves reach, Black Wolf has more pupsthanks to his unorthodox lifestylethan any wolf in Yellowstone.
American Serengeti America’s Great Plains were once a vibrant grassland ecosystem, home to herds of bison, packs of wolves, grizzly bears, prairie dogs, and more. Since Lewis and Clark’s time, many of these iconic prairie creatures have all but disappeared. Filmed over two years in stunning high definition, American Serengeti chronicles the massive restoration project and through CGI, fast-forwards to the future when vast herds of American wildlife will roam the plains once again.
Big Sur: Wild California National Geographic presents a comprehensive view of the spectacular California coastal area known as Big Surthrough the eyes of three intrinsically connected native creatures. Fly with the California condors and capture the panoramic view of Big Sur's many topside layers, and dive with California's sea otters to investigate life below the waves. Then, follow the stealthy mountain lions and see how the scavengers, the keystone species, and this top predator are all critical contributors to Big Sur's unique habitat.
Climbing Redwood Giants They are giantsstretching more than 300 feet above the ground, with hidden gardens and mysterious predators thriving within their canopy. National Geographic reveals the unexplored environment of redwoods by using high-tech aerial laser surveys and breathtaking imagery. Obsessive redwood climber Steve Sillett of Humboldt State University investigates their monster crowns, tallying biological material and discovering new record-breaking trees, while escaping falling branches and crashing trees in the process. Down below, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay charts the redwood range. It is an epic yearlong exploration to size up the past and future of this primeval tree threatened in 21st-century California.
Great White Odyssey National Geographic takes us on on a deep-sea expedition with world-renowned shark experts Michael Scholl and Ramon Bonfil as they tag a 12-foot great white they call Nicole, a lone female who takes them on an epic journey across an ocean seething with threats to her survival. Driven by overpowering natural instincts, Nicole navigates icy cold waters, dives to unfathomable depths, battles hunger and fatigue, outsmarts some of the ocean's most lethal inhabitants, and ultimately travels 6,000 nautical miles in 99 days, the fastest transoceanic migration recorded for any fish. Experience her world up close, through her eyes and sensesa world full of wonder, mystery, and danger.
Superpride The Serengeti in northern Tanzania is one of the world's last great wildlife refuges, teeming with crocs, leopards, cheetahsand one of the biggest lion populations in Africa, with approximately 3,500 lions in 300 prides. But one pride looms large in the Serengeti kingdom: a single dynasty ruling the plains to which hundreds of lions trace their roots. Experience the Serengeti through their eyes, and discover how this great pride is exploding in size.
Rhino Rescue From award-winning filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert comes the unbelievable story of the black rhino and those who are fighting to save the last of these amazing creatures. Infuriated and desperate after witnessing poachers kill the last black rhino in Botswana, the Jouberts enlisted the help of the Botswana Defense Force and began a massive relocation effort. After years of hard work, a small population of black rhinos is now thriving in Botswana.
Return of the Clouded Leopards Return of the Clouded Leopards follows the work of wildlife photographer Sandesh Kadur and Wild Life Trust of India vet Dr. Bhaskar Choudhury as they undergo the unique rehabilitation of two orphaned clouded leopard cubs to their natural jungle habitat. The cubs are hand reared, and taught to live independently before being released back to the jungle. A year later, the team unites to search for the cubs they set free. Even cat specialists know little about the clouded leopard’s habits. Shy and elusive, can these cats be taught to live in the wild again?
Eden at the End of the World At the bottom of South America, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans collide, is Patagonia, one of the last great wild Edens on Earth. Join National Geographic on a journey to this breathtaking subantarctic region and its crowned jewelTierra del Fuegoa beautifully desolate island at its most southern tip. Home to Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, right whales, and guanacos, this stark, wind-whipped wilderness now faces its greatest challenge: recovering from the misguided actions of man.
Giant Bears of Kodiak Island Follow the largest carnivore that walks the Earth, the great Kodiak bear, down ancient feeding trails, up salmon-rich riverseven into a den where a mother nurses her newborn cubs. You'll watch cubs learning to fish, bears gorging in berry-laden fields, and a remarkable scene of bears consuming a beached whale carcass. The setting is Alaska's Kodiak Island, where 4,000-foot mountains rise from hundreds of miles of jagged coastline. Today about 2,700 of these larger cousins of the well-known grizzly bear still thrive there. But change looms on the horizon. Portions of the island are open to development. Dramatic home videos of dangerous tourist/bear encounters capture the uneasy clashes of Kodiak's modern and natural worlds. Enjoy this rare look into the lives of the giant bears of Kodiak Island, produced and photographed by renowned wildlife filmmaker Wolfgang Bayer.
Comments about Ultimate Nature DVD Collection Volume 2:
I'm still watching all the episodes, taking my time to view them. Great programs, very well filmed and narrated. The physical set of discs is in a unique fold-out case that I've not used before, and some of the discs were not secured properly, and I had a few moments of confusion on how to remove secured discs. It all worked out, and I have a new knowledge of multi-disc set cases, heehee! And all the discs that were loose played great, too! I'll order more in the future, for certain!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend