The Life of Mammals
Saturday, 7.30pm, Ten Yes it’s as old as the hills (2002), but David Attenborough’s The Life of Mammals is so engaging it’s always worth a second, third or fourth look. Tonight, Attenborough investigates arboreal mammals. In Life in the Trees we venture into the canopy of the tropical rainforest, where there is a greater variety of food than anywhere else in the natural world. That’s why it’s so crowded up here. Sloths and coatis ably demonstrate the skills needed to move around in such a habitat. Fabulous creatures such as sun bears, tamanduas and flying squirrels — which can leap distances of up to 15 metres in a single bound — dwell here. And how about a colony of 5 million fruit bats? Slow motion camera techniques help analyse the bizarre movements of these creatures, while infrared cameras open our eyes to nocturnal lorises and bushbabies. And let’s not forget the fastest flightless inhabitants of the canopy: gibbons.