Run-Time: 2 x 52 min.
Directed by Michael & Rita Schlamberger
Produced by ScienceVision for ORF and NDR in association with ORF-Enterprise, DR and SVT
, English (DUBBED)
, French (DUBBED)
, German (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9
The Canary Islands
Die Kanarischen Inseln
Part I: Currents of Life
Part II: The World of the Fire Mountains
These are the Canary Islands - isolated in the Atlantic Ocean off the North-west coast of Africa. Each island is unique with a variety of landscapes and climates - temperate coastlines, scorching deserts, tropical rainforests and frozen, snowcapped mountains. With features of a small continent, supporting one of the richest and most diverse ranges of native species on the planet.
Part I: Currents of Life - Wind and Water transported pioneer seeds, insects and animals to the isolated landmasses, defined the diversity and distribution of life and created microclimates to which
many species adapted, some evolving unique features to survive in these lands. Encounters with eccentric birds and with majestic whales!
Part II: Life on the Edge highlights the ability to survive under the impacts of the modern world, and
explores the islands' natural history, focusing on the fragile balance of life on the edge of extinction in
raw landscapes of spectacular beauty. Here, one lizard species was saved by baby seagulls!