Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (8)

  • (As hippos and other animals flock to the river for relief in the October heat) Mark Hamill: The Luangwa River has become an oasis in an inferno of heat and dust.

  • (As hippos gather around the body of one that has died) Mark Hamill: The hippos sniff and lick the carcass in what seems to be a kind of last rites.

  • Narrator: The waggle dance is the only known symbolic language that exists outside the realm of humans and lower primates.

  • Narrator: The case of the vanishing bees is at the forefront of a much larger crisis. Not just bees, but all pollinating animals have been disappearing for decades.

  • Narrator: Bees and butterflies don't usually make the headlines, but scientists warn that the steady decline in bees and other pollinators could trigger a crisis bigger and more immediate than global warming. Entomologist: Three-fourths of all plants on the planet depend on animals for pollination. They can't reproduce sexually without this animal partnership. So if you look out the window and eliminate three-quarters of what you see, that's a reason to worry.

  • Narrator: One of nature's wonders, honey is antibacterial and as a result, it never spoils.

  • Narrator: The Spanish team doesn't believe the CCD investigation will isolate a single cause of the outbreak. They contend that a whole conspiracy of forces from pesticides to parasites to poor nutrition have created a perfect storm, weakening the bees, leaving them vulnerable to infection.

  • Onscreen Epilogue: If bees continue to disappear at the current rate, honeybee populations in the United States will cease to exist by the year 2035.

Notes (9)

  • This film won first prize at the 1981 Audubon Film Festival.

  • Although Nature first premiered in 1982 and many episodes have aired before "Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts," air date information is not available prior to this episode, so this episode guide will count "Wild Horses" as the first episode.

  • "Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts" actually aired in the 18th season of Nature, but because episode lists and air dates are unavailable for earlier seasons, this episode guide will begin with season 18 as season 1.

  • This episode was rebroadcast as a special Christmast Eve gift on Sunday, December 24, 2006.

  • This episode was originally scheduled to air on January 22, 2006, as a part of the 24th season. However, as a result of Hurricane Katrina in the last week of August, 2005, a new episode titled "Katrina's Animal Rescue" was quickly put together and aired on November 20, 2005. Sharkland was then bumped to the following season.

  • "Australia: Land of Parrots" was the working title for this episode.

  • "Crash: The Red Knot and the Horseshoe Crab" was the working title for this episode.

  • "Bears on Top of the World" was the working title for this episode.

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Trivia (3)

  • One of the most difficult factors in the campaign to preserve the rhinoceros is that few rhinos are reproducing on a regular basis.

  • A rhinoceros pregnancy lasts 16 months.

  • The original alpha male and female of the Druid Peak pack were #38 and #39.