Segments in this Video

Social Predators (08:41)


Pack hunting wolves have better success rates. Eurasian types roam the Carpathian Mountains, headed by an alpha male and female. Anelosimus Eximius create giant communal webs, killing larger prey together.

Primate Class System (03:11)

Some primates have complex hierarchies, problematic for low ranking individuals. Babies of revered members are treated royally, but lower status offspring are subject to bullying. Only higher classed individuals can interfere.

Community Parenting (03:09)

Patagonian maras dig communal burrows in sandstone, providing consistent temperatures and protection. Females raise offspring together. Predator sounds trigger action.

Patagonian Conures (03:32)

Conures inhabit sandstone cliffs in the largest colony of parrots worldwide. Dense populations create tensions over nesting sites and quickly spread parasites and diseases, but also create better opportunities for finding a lifelong mate.

Predators and Prey (04:19)

In the Okavango Delta, 5,000 buffalo move together, followed by lions follow them. Calves are easier targets and typically kept in the herd's center for protection. When one strays, the pride strikes, succeeding in their hunt.

Animal Survival (03:59)

Snub-nosed monkeys live in the highest altitudes of any primates, withstanding extreme cold by huddling together for warmth. At dusk, troops gather at the territory center; if they do not, they die.

Langur Community (03:46)

Francois' langur females inhabit limestone caverns in Southwest China, sharing parenting duties. By six months of age, the young langurs' fur turns black and they climb cliffs. At night, they sleep in caves, providing protection from predators and cold.

Sifaka Community (03:19)

Sifaka live in groups of thirteen, led by any alpha female. When she gives birth, all protect her offspring, insuring its survival. The species is known for unique walks and acrobatic jumps onto spiny trees; males rotate through troops.

Hive Monarchy (03:35)

Honeybees gather nectar and pollen, providing honey and food for the queen and her offspring. She controls supplies of female workers and male drones. During winter, the colony keeps her warm; during summer, they gather water for egg development.

Ant Colony (02:07)

Weaver ants work together building nests. Each structure takes 24 hours to build; soldier ants defend them.

Gorilla Families (06:06)

Lowland Gorillas form small groups, spending much time raiding termite mounds. An alpha male locates a fig tree; older females feed first. Offspring play-fight, determining the next generation's leader. Hear an episode summary.

Credits: Social Animals - Wildest Survival (00:34)

Credits: Social Animals - Wildest Survival

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Social Animals—Wildest Survival

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From wolves to primates, from bees to colonial spiders, many survival tactics have evolved to enable animals to survive and thrive in packs, pods, and colonies. This program explores the nuances of these social animals, and reveals the surprising and incredible behaviors that have evolved in response to cohabitation.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL186734

Copyright date: ©2017

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