RTE Television

Nature's Great Migrations: Caribou

Each episode in this stunning series focuses on one iconic animal race, on three of the world's most breathtaking migrations. The latest satellite-tagging technology follows the precise journeys of individual animals as they travel hundreds of miles. Caribou take the world's longest overland journey crossing the Arctic tundra to give birth on the rich coastal plains. Up to 1000 elephants from all over Africa gather in one place for just a few weeks to find food, water and a mate. Thousands of Zebra travel from Namibia across the Chobe river to Botswana in a sprint that has never been charted before. The Great Race reveals some remarkable new discoveries - from a previously unknown zebra migration to an emerging elephant society of 'orphan herds' learning life skills all on their own. For the first time, this series offers the complete picture of the successes, failures and near-misses of migration. It is a unique opportunity to be part of the journey.


Episode 1 "Elephants"

A thousand elephants, from magnificent bulls to vulnerable orphans, come together in a crucial annual gathering in northern Kenya, whilst facing deadly threats from both predators and poachers.

Liz Bonnin leads a team of scientists and film-makers using cutting-edge satellitetracking technology to follow individual elephants day by day as they cope with their daily challenges.

The team capture surprising new behaviour and witness how elephant society is responding to a world changed by poaching, including the remarkable way young elephants are coping with the loss of their parents.

Episode 2 "Caribou"

A hundred thousand caribou face starving bears and wolves, deadly frozen rivers and rugged mountains as they undertake the world's longest land migration - 5,000 kilometres through the frozen Arctic wilderness of Canada and Alaska. Liz Bonnin leads a team of scientists and film-makers using cutting edge technology to follow the herd, providing insights into the individual lives of the animals. The caribou must reach their calving grounds before they give birth - failure would spell disaster.

Episode 3 "Zebras"

Thousands of zebra face lions, hunting dogs, drought and starvation as they undertake the world's most recently discovered migration. Braving one of Botswana's most brutal wildernesses, they make Africa's longest land migration to reach the rich grasslands of Nxai Pan National Park.

Liz Bonnin leads a team of scientists and film-makers using cutting edge technology to attempt something that has never been done before - following the zebra on the ground, every step of the way, to reveal the secrets behind this brand new discovery.

Nature's Great Migrations: Caribou