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Nature: Australia - Animals Down Under [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Nature: Cracking the Koala Code
A look at koalas that live in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, where the cuddly creatures deal with societal pressures, conflict, disease, overcrowding, and the stress that comes with encroaching civilization. The program also details the work of biologists Bill Ellis and Sean Fitzgibbon, who are working to decipher the koalas' communications. ~ Jeff Gemmill, Rovi

Nature: Survivors of the Firestorm
Chris Morgan narrates this documentary - a co-production of WNET-Thirteen, Nature and PBS - that travels inside of the 2009 brush fires in Victoria, Australia. The two-sided film looks at the devastation, especially in terms of ecological impact (revealing how it reduced the populations of hundreds of species such as koalas, possums, echidnas and gliders); yet it also unveils the Australian biosphere's remarkable ability to heal itself, bouncing back rather quickly in the wake of these calamitous events. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Nature: Kangaroo Mob
This documentary examines the challenges presented by the influx of kangaroos into the Australian capital of Canberra, which is a result of a population explosion among the kangaroos and a drought. Included: ecologists track 25 of the marsupials via GPS equipment, which enables them to put together a map of where and when they forage for food. ~ Jeff Gemmill, Rovi

Nature: Outback Pelicans
One of the strangest and most poorly-understood zoological events happens every ten years or so. Though the Australian outback is a notoriously arid place, devoid of any major water source, approximately once per decade rains flood the scorched Aussie river beds and create a magnificent desert oasis called Lake Eyre, that draws around 100,000 pelicans - about 1/3 of all the pelicans in Australia. These birds temporarily migrate from their homes and join one another in the outback, to feast on fish, billions of shrimp, and other sea creatures. They also begin courting and breeding, raising an overwhelming number of chicks in this environment. This documentary program from PBS's Nature series pulls viewers into this phenomenon for an up close exploration. Chris Morgan narrates. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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