It's Nature Night! Camels, Iraq And Mountains

Jan 10, 2014

Monday nights on WLRN are the wildest nights of the week. For lovers of natural history documentaries, this is a night you don't want to miss. It starts with the award-winning PBS series Nature and follows up with some of the best wildlife films from the BBC and elsewhere. 

This coming Monday, January 13, WLRN Channel 17 presents the following line-up of beautiful films about wild animals from breath-taking  locations around the world:

Nature: Braving Iraq (8:00 p.m.)

In the 1990s, the Mesopotamian Marshes were virtually destroyed by Saddam Hussein to eradicate the Arabs who lived there. Once the richest wildlife habitat in the Middle East, this “Garden of Eden” was reduced to mile after mile of scorched earth.

Learn how Azzam Alwash is making an extraordinary effort to return life to the green paradise he remembers from his childhood. Follow filmmakers David Johnson and Stephen Foote as they chronicle Azzam’s efforts — and navigate the inherent dangers of working in a dangerous and politically volatile region.

Wild! Camels Empire (9:00 p.m.)

Camels have walked our planet for 45 million years and have learned to colonize some of the harshest environments on earth.

This documentary explores the surprisingly wide diversity of camels, re-tracing their family history to reveal the qualities that make them so resilient, examines our relationship with these ancient beasts and the role camels played in shaping the foundations of human society.

Wild Africa: Mountains (10:00 p.m.)

This film travels through time, from the spectacular Ethiopian highlands to the giant mountains of the Great Rift Valley, including to the top of the greatest of them all, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Along way, you'll visit Africa’s oldest peaks such as the 80 million-year-old Atlas mountains in Morocco and the very newest, the Virungas, which still spout fire.

Learn how these islands in the African sky, with their isolation and extreme physical conditions, have promoted the evolution of some extraordinary life forms. Like the coasts, these mountains are also great interceptors of moisture from the oceans, and it is they that feed some of the mightiest rivers on the continent.