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Aging In The Wild
Aging In The Wild
Aging In The Wild
46 min • Nature & Environment • 2017 • M

This series explores an unusual theme: the study of animals ageing in the wild. We examine the creatures living on the dividing line between life and death. Passionate researchers bring us right into the lives of the animals they study: their ancestors and children, their friends, their struggles and successes. But this isn’t just another animal documentary full of beautiful photography, it is also an invitation to take an in-depth look at what your autumn years are like, when you live in the wild. This requires long-term studies, and our researchers guide our trip around the world and bring us into the lives of these wild elders. Their explanations form part of a fascinating narrative, revealing that the process of ageing in animals varies as much as the species themselves. It is impossible not to see this without reflecting on our own experiences along the way.

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Longevity
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1. Longevity
46 mins

How do creatures attain and even exceed human lifespans in the wildest environments on earth? In this episode we meet some animal elders who help us understand the psychological mechanisms associated with long life and the positive social value long-lived animals bring to their communities.

Reproduction
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2. Reproduction
46 mins

An earnest glimpse at reproduction, mating and companionship in the golden years. Meet some late-life lovers and explore the reasons behind their sexual longevity and their ability to reproduce well into their later years.

Power & Dominance
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3. Power & Dominance
46 mins

What does it take to maintain alpha status as animals grow older? We investigate the responsibilities and challenges that come with being a senior leader of a pack.

Wisdom
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4. Wisdom
46 mins

How does attaining knowledge and wisdom help animals to live longer? We explore the integral role that older animals play in their communities and investigate how animals learn over the course of their lives.

Death
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5. Death
46 mins

Human, plant, animal, bacteria, all have one inevitable thing in common; death. However, the process of dying is far from uniform across the animal kingdom. In this episode we discover the ways in which aging animals defy our usual understanding of the circle of life.

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