Food Scarcity (07:09)
Before the six-month monsoon season, animals in Indonesia struggle to find food. A troop of crested black macaques search for flower buds and seeds on the beach. A water monitor lizard swims to the beach and eats a crab before fighting one of its kind.
Monsoon Season (06:17)
Indonesia soon fills with fresh water lakes that attract animals. The largest eruption on Earth created Lake Toba, a volcanic lake on Sumatra. Brahminy kites dive to grab fish from the water’s surface.
Bountiful Food on Sulawesi (05:35)
Crested black macaques have drinking water and eat a variety of fruits and insects. Birds follow the macaques to pick up dropped seeds and disturbed insects. A water monitor arrives, climbing a tree in search of bird eggs but gets distracted by a baby macaque.
Borneo Island's Rare Species (05:04)
The monsoon season boosts the insect population, providing an abundance of food for birds like racket-tailed drongos. The binturong has the face of a cat, tail like a monkey, body like a bear, an appetite like a mongoose. A binturong finds the drongos' nest and eats the eggs.
Buffy Fish Owl (03:21)
During and after monsoon season, floods on the forest floor bring fish. An owl waits silently next to a newly formed stream for prey to come closer. The owl has featherless feet with talons; it jumps in the to catch a meal.
Strangler Fig Tree (04:29)
Fig trees rely on monsoon rains and produce food all year long. Their seeds pass through an animal's digestive systems intact and are deposited high in other trees where they germinate, grow quickly, and strangle the host tree. The hollow of the host tree provides food and refuge for stingless bees and other animals.
Nocturnal Hunters (05:35)
Spectral Tarsiers are small primates with large eyes, bat-like ears, and padded fingertips with claws. They leap between branches, hunting insects at night. The pangolin has poor vision but an excellent sense of smell and hearing.
Mangrove Trees (07:48)
Mangroves on the island coastlines trap sediment, stabilize shorelines, act as windbreaks, dissipate wave energy, and attract mud-sifting animals. Mudskippers sift through the mud to find food. Long-tailed macaques predominantly eat fruit, but at low tides they eat fiddler crabs.
Sulawesi Wildlife (04:26)
A crested black macaque troop drinks and plays in the fresh water on the forest floor. When the sun goes down, male fireflies synchronize flashing to attract females. Thunder, lightning, and rain continues through the islands for six months.
Credits: Islands of the Monsoon—Wildest Indonesia (00:32)
Credits: Islands of the Monsoon—Wildest Indonesia
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