Nature: Season 17 (1998 - 1999)


Season 17

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Air date: Oct 11, 1998

A striking portrait of the Arctic polar bear follows the predators from Canada to Norway, through changing seasons and harsh conditions on land and sea. Included: a female hunting with her two cubs; footage of a mother bear and her tiny newborn.

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Air date: Oct 18, 1998

NATURE lifts part of the veil of mystery shrouding some fascinating â€" and often fearsome â€" creatures in The Secret World of Sharks and Rays.Sharks and their biological cousins, the rays, are among the highest-profile denizens of the deep, thanks to

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Air date: Nov 1, 1998

Tracing the near-extermination and then reintroduction of the bison to the Great Plains---and to the spiritual life of Native Americans. Included: herds in Yellowstone National Park; the sacrifice of an "outlaw" bull in Montana.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1998

"India: Land of the Tiger" begins a six-part journey, led by wildlife expert Valmik Thapar, through the land of Kipling's "Jungle Book." "The Tiger's Domain" opens the series, and tracks tigers, Asiatic lions, monkeys, jackals, sloth bears and cobras. Also: a ceremonial snake festival.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1998

Part 2 of "India: Land of the Tiger" follows the sacred waters of the Ganges River, whose grasslands are home to rhino, wild buffalo, elephants, tigers and a cacophony of birds. Also explored: the mangrove-rich Sunderbans Delta, where the tiger is worshipped as a god.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1998

Part 3 of "India: Land of the Tiger" explores the vast expanses of unknown seas, from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal. Included: elephants swimming from island to island; whale sharks; coral reefs; convict fish; and the voracious Bombay duck.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1998

Part 4 of "India: Land of the Tiger" travels to the harsh northwest "Desert Kingdom," home to stately black bucks, Indian gazelles, wild ass, lynx-like caracal, monkeys that live among the people, and vultures that feed on carcasses of dead livestock. Host: Valmik Thapar.

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Air date: Nov 17, 1998

Part 5 of "India: Land of the Tiger" journeys to the inhospitable peaks of the Himalayas. These icy citadels are "Mountains of the Gods" that support a rich variety of life, such as snow leopards, blue sheep, brown bears, red pandas and flamboyant pheasants.

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Air date: Dec 6, 1998

Originally aired on PBS, Nature: John Denver -- Let This Be a Voice follows the late Denver piloting a private plane above American scenery. The singer was known for his great appreciation of nature's splendor, and the soundtrack is supplemented by several of his songs. Ironically, Denver died in a plane crash shortly after the filming.

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Air date: Jan 10, 1999

"Serengeti Stories: The Work of Hugo van Lawick" follows the famed wildlife filmmaker and includes clips of his masterpiece, "People of the Forest," about chimpanzees and their social relationships. Also: clips of "Wild Dogs of Africa" (1972), a heroic story of survival.

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