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Wild Venezuela

This unique series explores in vivid images an opulent array of Venezuela's exotic birds, mammals, reptiles and underwater creatures, revealing a complex mosaic of survival strategies.

The viewer experiences the challenges of adventure -- kite surfing, free diving, bone fishing, mountain biking and more -- while absorbing the splendid landscapes and breath-taking sunsets.

Approx. 23 mins. each.

Program descriptions:

1. Venezuelan Birds of Diversity

From the 9,000 species of birds inhabiting our planet, 40% are found in South America, making this the Bird Continent. Venezuela, a relatively small country the size of Texas and Oklahoma combined, can boast over 1,350 species.

2. Venezuelan Birds Breeding

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the study of birds is their ability to adapt to aquatic environments, as well as their various breeding behaviors. The first part of this episode deals with water birds in their natural habitat, showing the various techniques the individual species have developed to capture their prey. The remaining two thirds of the show is devoted to the breeding strategies of various species including storks, lapwings, thornbirds, flycatchers, thrushes, seedeaters and fruiteaters all shown during their breeding season. View fantastic footage of their unique behavioral patterns filmed for the first time in Venezuela.

3. Undersea Venezuela

If we exclude insects from the million animal species classified to-date, two-thirds of the remaining species inhabit the seas. Venezuela has 1,700 miles of shoreline, as well as numerous islands archipelagoes in the Caribbean. Undersea Venezuela illustrates the fascinating richness of the reefs found in its waters. Dozens of species of fish and invertebrates, their individual characteristics, their behavioral patterns, the myths developed around them as well as their realities can be enjoyed with this fascinating videographic photography.

4. The Capybara

Although neo-tropical fauna is characterized by an astounding wealth of species, it contains very few large mammals. But, the evolutionary adaptation has led to gigantic rodents, including the largest in the world, the Capybara, which may weigh 130 pounds. This episode summarizes over 10 years of research of the natural history of the Capybara and includes previously unpublished images of the biology and behaviors of this South American colossus. This is the first and most comprehensive audiovisual documentary produced on the Capybara in Venezuela.

5. Morrocoy National Park

Beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters, keys and islands, channels and mangroves, lagoons and salt ponds, sea birds, coral reefs, abundant marine life... This is Morrocoy, a marine and submarine National Park which has the most important mangrove system in the southern Caribbean. The marine and submarine fauna make it the most interesting ecological scene along the Venezuelan coastline. Beautiful landscapes and environments, marine birds, the fauna of the mangroves, as well as the submarine fauna -- all these and much more are to be found in Morrocoy.

6. Somewhere in the Plains of the Orinoco

The Llanos... a magical land of open plains, flooded in the rainy season and burnt dry during the other half of the year when no rain falls. It is the home of hundreds of animal species living in perfect harmony with this, their difficult environment. An incredible wealth of species native to the Llanos make it one of the greatest reservoirs of Venezuela. In this episode we will observe more than 40 species of birds, both large and small reptiles, 20 species of mammals, freshwater fishes, as well as insects, all in their habitats of savannas, bushes, woods and rivers. As this chapter ends, we observe the most astounding sunsets.

7. Strategies for Animal Survival Vol. 1

Camouflage, inaccessibility, poison, flight, symbiosis, parasitism, hideaways, shields, forming groups, fleeing, spikes and knives, alarm calls, bright colors, distinctive smells, imitation, attack and defense, adapting to the night, adapting to man -- these form a complex mosaic of strategies developed by animals to assure their survival in nature.

8. Strategies for Animal Survival Vol. 2

All animal species are continually changing, both in their physical appearance and their behavior. It may take millions of years for these changes to come about. Those species that survive do so because during their long evolutionary process, they have perfected certain strategies that permit them to develop successfully in their environment.

9. Air, Land and Sea Animals

More than 25 ecosystems are to be found in Venezuela, including over 1,700 miles of shoreline and numerous offshore islands belonging to the Lesser Antilles, extensive mountain chains that form a part of the Andes with their stunning rain and cloud forests, the Orinoco Delta, the huge flood plains of the Llanos, the Lost World of the Guyana Shield, the ancient geological formations of southeastern Venezuela, and finally the xerophytic zones of the coast. A tremendous number of species inhabits these kaleidoscopes of environments, making Venezuela a country of extremely rich biodiversity. In this episode, we will travel through the images and discover the diversity and variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles, as well as underwater animals.

10. The Blue and White Swallow

When we hear the words "flora" and "fauna," we invariably imagine remote areas where isolation has permitted a harmonious development of various species, far from man's reach and the uproar of his social and industrial organization. Although this is mostly true, there are numerous species that have adapted to man's presence and prosper with us as opposed to without us. This episode deals with the natural history of the Blue-and-White Swallow, as well as the environment in which it lives together with other species that normally inhabit the mountain suburbs of large Latin American cities.

11. The Orinoco Crocodile

A cattle ranch, just like many of those that abound in the flooded plains of the Orinoco basin, is the location where an interesting development occurred, important to our natural world. Half a century ago, a rancher decided to share his cattle business with conservation of the wealthy fauna of the region. Twenty years ago, the first attempts to breed the Orinoco crocodile in captivity were made to save this endangered species, which had been over-hunted for its valuable skin. This episode shows the entire yearly process from egg collecting to the release of the crocodiles into the wild. Several parallel episodes help to provide an understanding of the environment and the fauna of the region. The footage in this episode was the first of its kind.

12. Masaguaral

20,000 acres of cattle land houses a wealth of fauna on its savannas, lagoons and riparian forests. The environment of this region is shown throughout the life cycles of the most representative animals in the area, especially mammals, reptiles and some iconic birds. A scientific project on the wedge capuchin monkeys, agoutis, and many more is shown in close-ups, including their behavior and relations with the environment.

13. Birds in Paradise

More than 350 species of birds inhabit the Masaguaral Ranch, making it one of the most sought-after places for scientific study and observation. Many stories abound about this particular environment. Bizarre and exotic birds are shown in impressive shots, including the southern lapwing, the thick-knee, the sunbittern, the burrowing owl, the crested curassow, caciques, oropendolas, flycatchers, woodpeckers, kites, hawks, caracaras and many more. Stunning footage of behavior that has never previously been shown will grab your attention, enhancing the impressive filming utilized throughout Wild Venezuela.

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