In Ecuador’s Amazon basin lies a special patch of jungle that is a living, breathing, green metropolis of life. NATURE: Undercover in the Amazon gives an in-depth look at this untouched, secluded wilderness teeming with biodiversity, and only accessible by boat.
Viewers follow a team of naturalists and filmmakers on a mission to capture the intimate behaviors of the wildlife who dwell there by installing a network of more than 50 remotely operated cameras and mini-cams, from the dark rainforest floor right up to a tangled canopy 300 feet in the air. By filming 24/7 for an entire month, the camera crew captures the lives of exotic creatures and discovers the incredible tricks these animals use to survive in the extreme jungle climate.
From agile pygmy marmosets and boisterous howler monkeys, to solitary pumas and mesmerizing leaf-cutter ants, meet a cast of remarkable animal characters carving out a living in this tropical world.
Airing this week, and online anytime
Watch NATURE: Undercover in the Jungle airing on Mountain Lake PBS, this week.
Wednesday, August 12, 8:00 pm Thursday, August 13, 12:30 am & 3:30 am Friday, August 14, 3:00 pm
For more about wildlife behavior in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador, check out these great PBS LearningMedia resources with videos, activities, discussion questions and more!
Field Research with Cameras | Undercover in the Jungle – In this video, scientists use a network of more than 50 remotely operated cameras placed at different levels and habitats of the forest in order to observe a variety of animal interactions. Learn about the work of naturalists, and how cameras can be a useful tool to help gain a better understanding of nature. Support materials include discussion questions, and a scientific observation activity.
Animal Observation: Understanding Unusual Behavior | Undercover in the Jungle – Naturalists use scientific reasoning to explain unusual behavior in this video. When a spider monkey climbs down from the treetops, naturalists wonder why it would unnecessarily risk its life for a drink of water. But further observations help them to discover that there is more to the watering hole than meets the eye.
Continue exploring the powerful documentaries of public television’s award-winning natural history series, NATURE, by visiting PBS LearningMedia and the NATURECollection featuring videos, lesson plans, and activities.