We take a peek at moun­tain wildlife

A breath­tak­ing new doc­u­men­tary un­earths the re­mark­able an­i­mals and peo­ple liv­ing in the world’s most fa­mous ranges…

TV Times - - Contents - Caren Clark

Moun­tain: Life At The Ex­treme WED­NES­DAY / bbc2 / 9.00Pm

Moun­tains are among the most beau­ti­ful habi­tats on Earth, but they can also be un­for­giv­ing ter­rains. In a stun­ning new se­ries start­ing this week, we meet some as­ton­ish­ing an­i­mals and ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple, who, against the odds, make their homes in th­ese rugged habi­tats.

‘Moun­tains are hyp­notic, ro­man­tic places, where you can put your daily cares aside and get a new per­spec­tive,’ says Steve Green­wood, se­ries pro­ducer of Moun­tain:

Life At The Ex­treme.

‘But they’re tough places to live, be­cause they’re un­pre­dictable and have in­cred­i­ble ex­tremes, from tem­per­a­ture to lack of oxy­gen and the short grow­ing sea­son.’

The three-part se­ries will ex­am­ine life in the Rockies in

North Amer­ica, the Hi­malayas in Asia and the An­des in South Amer­ica, and re­veal how dif­fer­ent species have found ways to sur­vive in such chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

‘We cover well-known crea­tures,’ says Steve, whose team used drones to cap­ture much of the glo­ri­ous footage, ‘but there are some sur­prises, too, in the in­cred­i­ble way that some lesser-known an­i­mals adapt to moun­tain life.’

Here, Steve talks us through the high­lights from each episode…

doc­u­men­tary / 9.00pm / BBC2

Stretch­ing 3,000 miles along the spine of canada and the usa, the Rockies are among the nat­u­ral won­ders of the world. They take a star­ring role in the opener of this mag­nif­i­cent three-parter, which ex­plores life in tough moun­tain­ous ar­eas. High­lights in­clude a moun­tain lion with a se­cret food stash, the elu­sive wolver­ine and a brave elk calf ’s bid to elude preda­tors. We also meet in­spir­ing peo­ple who make the Rockies their home, in­clud­ing Na­tive Amer­i­can fam­i­lies and their fren­zied In­dian Re­lay bare­back horse races. With gor­geous scenery and un­usual sights, it’s a stun­ning watch.

Ex­treme sport: nepalese run­ners have adapted to deal with the high al­ti­tude top of the world: Steve Green­wood

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