For 65 million years, the African island of Madagascar was lost to the world in splendid isolation – undiscovered and untouched by man.
Left to its own devices, it became a hot bed of evolution, creating the greatest concentration of unique creatures anywhere on the planet.
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the island in MADAGASCAR, premiering Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery World HD.
Narrated by David Attenborough (FIRST LIFE), this three-part series from the BBC travels to one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots.
From the rain-drenched forests to the arid extremes, explore the extraordinary wildlife and dramatic landscapes of a fascinating, but fragile, island unlike anywhere else on Earth.
With its unusual and diverse landscape, Madagascar is a place unlike any other – covered by dry, arid lands on one coast and lush, tropical rainforests on the other.
Lying just off the coast of Africa, the oldest island on Earth is home to ancient volcanoes, massive great lakes and stunning baobab trees.
The real marvel of the island, however, lies in its wide array of unique creatures. With more than 80% of Madagascar’s animals and plants found nowhere else on Earth and new species being discovered every year, this special will spotlight rarely seen survival instincts and unusual behaviors of the indigenous creatures.
Highlights from MADAGASCAR include:
MADAGASCAR – “Islands of Marvel”
Sat., Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
One of the great mysteries of Madagascar is why it has such a unique and varied selection of flora and fauna. The first part of this special finds clues from Madagascar’s extraordinary animals, plants and landscape to discover how the island’s remarkable past has produced its intriguing present; like the Tsingy – a series of jagged limestone peaks which have cut off animals in isolated gorges, allowing them to evolve into their own unique species.
MADAGASCAR – “Lost Worlds”
Sat., Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
On the east side of the island, rugged mountains rise dramatically from the palm fringed Indian Ocean. These uplands catch drenching rains almost all year round – steep and inaccessible, they are the most diverse part of the island. The second part of this series travels from the highest mountains, where trees are few and it’s cold enough for frost; through the lush, cloaking rainforests; down to the tropical coast, discovering the ringtailed lemurs, the jewelled geckos and the predatory wasps.
MADAGASCAR – “Land of Heat and Dust”
Sat., Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
The south of Madagascar is home to its most extraordinary landscapes – from forests of “upside down” trees, to alien “spiny deserts.” In stark contrast to the east, this is a place that’s bone-dry for most of the year, but is extraordinarily rich in wildlife. Here only the toughest and most opportunistic survive – and some of the strategies for survival are ingenious. The final part of this series follows the long dry season of this arid landscape to see how life copes, as it waits for the brief rains.