Series 1 - Episode 8 Jungles



Jungles and tropical rainforests occupy just three per cent of the planet, yet are home to half of the world’s species. In this edition of David Attenborough’s epic series from 2006, he introduces us to some of New Guinea’s 40 kinds of birds of paradise, the warlike characteristics of a community of chimpanzees as they mount a raid into neighbouring territory in Uganda, and the cordyceps fungi that eat their victims alive. The photography is of course superb, but Attenborough also gets us to pause for a moment in order to listen to the sound of jungle.


David Attenborough travels to the Ngogo forest in Uganda, to study the largest chimpanzee group in the world defending their territory. The parasitic fungi cordyceps and creatures including the flying colugo, red crab spiders and blue birds of paradise are also observed by the naturalist in jungles around the world.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Attenborough
Director Alastair Fothergill
Producer Huw Cordey
Series Producer Alastair Fothergill
Writer David Attenborough
Documentary Nature