Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Like most of veteran naturalist Sir David Attenborough's TV projects, the ten-part miniseries The Life of Mammals began as a best-selling book. The focus is on mammals not commonly seen (or not seen at all) on previous documentary series, with emphasis on nocturnal creatures whose activities could at last be recorded for posterity thanks to the incredible advances in the art of infrared photography. The Patagonian opossum, the Alpine marmot, the Malaysian sun bear,and the "flying" colugo of Borneo are but some of the species represented herein. And, as is his custom, Attenborough stocks his narration with an ample supply of pro-ecological philosophy. In the U.S., The Life of Mammals was pared down to three two-hour episodes and broadcast by the Discovery Channel beginning May 7, 2003.
mammals, biodiversity, species, wildlife, animal-behavior, ecology