National Geographic Nature & Wildlife Documentaries

Africa’s Wildlife Collection – National Geographic

Africa fans take note: this collection will keep you glued to the TV for hours – 10 of them to be exact!

Running at a whopping 600 minutes over 6 discs, there is plenty in Africa’s Wildlife Collection to give you your African wildlife fix.

Rather than being one documentary, this is a collection of National Geographic’s most spectacular African films, each focusing on a certain region or animal.

Africa's Wildlife Collection

Featured in the collection:

Zebras: Patterns in the Grass
Another film by Beverly and Derek Joubert, this one taken in Northern Botswana with the focus on an often overlooked yet highly fascinating species – the zebra. Wonderful viewing.

The Rhino War
Focusing on the highly endangered Black Rhino, but filmed in the 1980’s. Now the black rhino is more endangered than ever, so this film has not lost any relevance.

Survivors of the Skeleton Coast
Filmed in 1984 in Namibia. Desert lions and elephants are the focus of this excellent documentary about a place that is not often featured.

A somewhat sad film about elephants in captivity, considering it was made in 1977 you will see footage that is disturbing, although for many elephants these days, not much has changed. This film also focuses on wild elephants.

Wildlife Warriors
One of the early films by Beverly and Derek Joubert, this one is about protecting wildlife in Botswana from poachers.
The film follows the soldiers through their extraordinary training with lions and snakes, among other things, and then out into the field. ~

African Wildlife
Filmed at the Etosha Pan in Namibia, it follows the wildlife throughout one seasonal year in this spectacular location.

Beauty and the Beasts: A Leopard’s Story
Filmed in 1995 in South Africa’s Mala Mala Game Reserve, this excellent account of leopard life is one of the highlights of the entire collection.

Wings over the Serengeti
A documentary about another species that is often overshadowed: the vultures of the Serengeti plains. These clean up masters take care of all the carcases and waste, without which would leave Africa covered in dead animals and waste. The all important and fascinating dung beetle also gets a mention.

Lions of Darkness
A pride of lions, their story told over many years and the adventures of one cub called Tau. The story deals with male lions in three critical phases of their lives, an intense study of male lion in a way that reveals the entire life cycle of lions. The film runs slightly longer than normal at 70 minutes. ~
Filmed in Savute, Northern Botswana by Beverly and Derek Joubert, it is filmed through the eyes of one cub, but lion lovers will revel in the extraordinary male lion footage.

Walking with Lions
Filmed in Zimbabwe, this is a great lion documentary that has some unique and riveting footage.

This 1981 film narrated by E.G. Marshall presents an overview of gorillas in the wild and in zoos (captivity), including experiments with KoKo the gorilla who can communicate using sign language.

Search for the Great Apes
This film covers the work being done in Borneo to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned Orangutans. It also covers their research in to normal orangutan life in the jungles of Borneo.
It also goes into Rwanda with Dian Fossey and her amazing work studying the life of the mountain gorilla. Includes some good film of gorillas in the wild.

These are all older Nat Geo documentaries that are either impossible to find even on VHS, or are not available at all anywhere else. They have been show on TV in the past, so you may be familiar with some of them. Despite their age, all are of exceptionally high film quality.

Most were filmed as far back as the 1970’s, up to the 1990’s. But don’t let that put you off: African enthusiasts will adore adding this to their collection, I know I’m glad that they have finally released many of these films that have been impossible to find elsewhere.

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Year: 2007
Discs: 6
Duration: 600 minutes

Secret Life of Predators (2013)

This four part series focuses on species that are at the top of the food chain in their respective habitats. A National Geographic film, Secret Life of Predators contains many of the usual suspects you would expect in a predator documentary, like big cats and birds of prey, as well some lesser knwon species like wasps.

The film is divided into four episodes: Wet, Exposed, Stealth and Naked. Each one concentrates on certain habitats or methods of killing prey or avoiding being eaten.

As can be expected from Nat Geo, Secret Life of Predators contains stunning visuals and some really unique footage of interesting animals like the Secretary Bird, which is shown undertaking its trademark behavior of stomping on a snake to kill it with its amazingly long legs.

Some of the camera techniques used were developed especially for this series, which aired on television before being put on DVD.

From the African plains, to the polar ice, Secret Life of Predators covers it all! You simply can’t help but to be in awe of these animals are you watch this film. It’s certainly one documentary that you can watch over and over again.

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The Secret Life of Predators [Season 1] – Trailer from urbanBDG on Vimeo.

National Geographic Really Wild Animals

This 4 DVD box set collection for kids packs heaps of fun into over 170 minutes of entertainment for the younger wildlife enthusiasts out there.

Using a fun way of taking the viewer around the world to learn about animals from the oceans, rainforests, on safari and even the dinosaurs.

Some viewers have noted that they have started having their children view this series from the age of one year old, allowing a love of nature to grow from the earliest opportunity. At the other end of the spectrum, comments about 12 years olds loving this boxset are also noted which means that it really is suitable for kids of all ages.

Unlike wildlife documentaries for grown ups, the footage and commentary in Really Wild Animals remains informative without showing footage that could distress a youngster.

Things to know about Really Wild Animals:

  • Great for kids as young as one year old; they’ll become interested in science, animals and nature from a young age
  • Also included in this big box set are the titles Monkey Business And Other Family Fun, Hot Dogs & Cool Cats, Polar Prowl, and Dinosaurs And Other Creature Features.
  • Fantastic resource for teachers to play for kids in the classroom
  • The shows all contain catchy songs – this gets the kids immersed even more! These are not dry scientific documentaries, but fun and lively ones
  • Simple facts about the animals are explained at a level that kids will understand
  • Excellent gift idea for kids of any age
  • One of the few wildlife films that are suited for kids as young as pre-school age (and younger) as there is no gore or scary parts
  • This series was highly popular on VHS format, but is easier and better to watch on DVD

The Really Wild Animals DVD set is a perfect introduction to wildife and nature documentaries for young viewers and is certain to elicit their curiosity and passion about the natural world.

National Geographic Classics – World’s Deadliest

National Geographic has created hundreds of documentaries. They are without doubt one of the most respected and profilic film making companies on the planet.

It can be difficult to locate some of their older films though, and in some cases those that are some of the earliest ones have never been released on DVD.

National Geographic World's Deadliest

Many people, including myself, have a great fondness for older style Nat Geo nature films. Differing from today’s high budget, big effects documentaries, the classics are often raw and without the drama that has become the norm nowadays.

If you like the classic style of wildlife doco, then the boxset “World’s Deadliest” offers the opportunity to own some of National Geographic’s very best predator related films in the one collection.

Films included in this boxset are:

  • The Pack: Lions
  • King Croc
  • King Cobra
  • Super Bear
  • Spider Attack
  • Ultimate Shark

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

A family friendly adventure that kids and adults alike will be immersed in. Combining the thrill of an Indiana Jones style adventure with modern day CGI effects, Sea Monsters A Prehistoric Adventure takes you back 200 million years when the dinosaurs ruled.

With a mix of animated stories that are combined with the excitement of modern fossil discoveries, dinosaur lovers will be immersed in the stories of individual dinosaurs which provide both fun and education throughout the 40 minute running time of this stunning National Geographic film.

National Geographic – Volcano: Nature’s Inferno

This short hour long National Geographic film provides dramatic footage and insight into some of the most powerful and active volcanoes in the world including Mount Unzen in Japan.

Volcanologists, the scientists who study volcanoes, often risk their lives in their quest to get up close and personal with mountains that are actively spewing hot ash and lava. This film takes you along with them for the exciting journey.

Last Stand of the Great Bear

Another older National Geographic film, Last Stand of the Great Bear is still as relevant today as it was back in 1996 when this documentary was released. Filmed along the coast of British Columbia where habitat threats were are a concern back then, and still are today.

  • Expect some excellent and highly interesting scientific background commentary that strikes the right balance between interest and knowledge, without being overly scientific or simplistic
  • A special part of the film is the amazing Spirit Bear, a black bear that is white in color – not to be missed
  • It’s not only bears that feature in this doco, but also stunning footage of wolves, killer whales and of course, the salmon that play such a central role in the ecosystem
  • This is as much a wildlife documentary as it is an environmental one, with awesome footage of this spectacular part of the world

Running time: 60 minutes

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