Jungles

Series 1 - Episode 8 Jungles

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Review

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.

Summary

David Attenborough observes some of the varied species to be found in tropical rainforests, from the amusing courtship rituals of the birds of paradise and a chimpanzee group defending its territory to a flying-frog mating orgy and the sinister parasitic fungi cordyceps, which eat their victims alive.

Cast & Crew

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