Hostile Planet

National Geographic
Hostile Planet

Synopsis

HOSTILE PLANET is a ground-breaking wildlife series that explores Earth's most hostile environments. Over the course of six episodes, we explore the extremes of deep, high, cold, hot, wet and dry and reveal the truly extraordinary ways in which animals have adapted to survive in the face of great adversity. It's always been a HOSTILE PLANET and yet, in the last 40 years, it's got a whole lot tougher for the wildlife. The world has changed more in the last 40 years than at any time in the last 65 million. So animals in the most hostile places on Earth must adapt in the blink of an evolutionary eye. Facing everything from intrinsically hostile habitats and brutally punishing weather to the unrelenting threat of predators and intense competition for resources, their challenge is simple: adapt or die.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Jungles

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    Plenty of water, warmth and light provide perfect conditions for life to thrive and make the jungles the most diverse lands on Earth. But make no mistake, this is no Eden.

  • Grasslands

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    Grasslands are some of the most volatile lands on the planet. We reveal the extraordinary challenges animals must overcome, and how our changing world is making survival even tougher than before.

  • Polar

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    Step inside the most frigid habitat known to Earth - the poles. Here, the planet's ultimate survivalists include whale-hunting polar bears, leopard-seal dodging penguins and a pack of Arctic wolves.

  • Deserts

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    The planet's hottest habitats - our deserts - are getting even hotter, drier and bigger, yet a host of remarkable animals still survive in the harshest conditions.

  • Oceans

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    Delve beneath the surface of the largest habitat on Earth - our oceans - to uncover a world of extraordinary extremes from crushing depths to stormy coasts and vast blue deserts to crowded reefs.

  • Mountains

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    The highest mountains on Earth are home to snow leopards, golden eagles and mountain goats. But only the toughest can endure the extreme weather, scarce food supplies and limited oxygen.