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South America

Series 1 - Episode 3 South America



Have you ever seen a puma hunting? You won’t have done, because nobody has caught it on film – until now. This week’s chapter on South America follows a puma mother with three adolescent cubs in southern Chile. Her quarry are grazing guanaco, relatives of the llama that are big and heavy – three times the weight of a puma. The scene where she tries to bring one down is heart-stopping, not least because it is such a clattering, ugly business, like watching a cartwheel display gone badly wrong.

As we move up through the continent we take in crowd-surfing penguins, Andean bears and landscapes that look as if they have been CGI animated onto a fantasy film. It’s magical.


David Attenborough looks at life in South America, where animals must specialise if they are to carve out a niche. In Patagonia, a puma mother draws on a lifetime's experience to catch prey three times her weight, while rarely seen Andean bears clamber 30 metres into the cloud forest canopy to find elusive fruit. Poison dart frogs use ingenious methods to keep their tadpoles safe, anacondas stalk capuchin monkeys, and swifts make death-defying flights through Igauzu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil.

Cast & Crew

Narrator David Attenborough
Executive Producer Jonny Keeling
Producer Chadden Hunter
Series Producer Scott Alexander