The Life of Mam­mals

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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