Nature: Season 13 (1994 - 1995)

Season 13

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Air date: Oct 2, 1994

Originally broadcast as a PBS television special, this film joins actor Sir Anthony Hopkins as he travels to East Africa to study lions in the wild. Sir Hopkins accompanies several scientists and local guides into the wild where they not only encounter lions, but also meet with several members of the Masai tribe. Sir Hopkins discusses with the tribesmen the importance of the lion in their mythology.

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Air date: Oct 9, 1994

This installment of PBS's multi-award winning Nature series delves into the life and history of the highly endangered giant panda. Nature: Pandas of the Sleeping Dragon studies the habits and habitats of the giant panda throughout China's Sleeping Dragon Mountains.

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Air date: Nov 6, 1994

"Warts and All" follows three generations of a wart-hog family over the course of a year. Observed: attacks by hyenas, leopards and flamingos; how wart-hog males fend for themselves from an early age. Host: George Page.

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Air date: Nov 12, 1994

"Nomads of the Wind" follows the discovery of the Polynesian Islands by European explorers in the 17th century. Included: the negative impact of foreign plants, animals and diseases on island life; the discovery of jade. Host: George Page.

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Air date: Nov 20, 1994

A look at the early Polynesians---the "Nomads of the Wind"---begins with the settlement of the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti and Raiatea, a ceremonial site. Included: religious rituals; how settlers reshaped Tahiti some 3000 years ago.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1994

"Nomads of the Wind" looks at Fiji, the "Crossroads of the Pacific," which was starting point of Polynesian expansion throughout the Pacific. Observed: the sailing advances of the people of Tonga and Samoa.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1994

"Burning Their Boats" considering parallels between the stranded HMS Bounty mutineers and the inhabitants of Easter Island. Also: the crested iguana; manta rays; the Samoan flying fox; green turtles; the yellow-bellied sea snake.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1994

"Nomads of the Wind" traces the early Polynesians' voyages to the "Distant Horizons" of the Pacific---Hawaii and New Zealand. Included: the invention of surfing; the roots of the traditional hula; sea creatures, such as the tiger cowrie.

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Air date: Jan 8, 1995

Following the flamingo as it searches for places to feed and breed in East Africa's Great Rift Valley. Observed: flamingos feeding on algae, dancing and attempting to escape predators. George Page hosts.

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Air date: Feb 5, 1995

Following the work of forensic experts who use plants, insects and animals to help solve police cases. Included: how seeds on a blanket placed a rape suspect at a crime scene; how fly eggs helped police identify a serial killer.

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