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Chimpanzee (07:00)


Damien is a 14-year-old male in Ngogo, Uganda. Dominant males coerce females into mating. Damien grooms females and takes care of young chimps while their mothers rest.

MacGregor's Bowerbird (06:06)

A male has built a tower with sticks to impress females. He imitates sounds he has learned to entice a potential mate.

Jackson's Chameleon (05:56)

A male lives high in the trees in Kenya; he must venture to lower ground to find a mate. He courts a female by changing colors and performing special moves. Another male shows signs of aggression.

Mandrill (04:04)

Males are three times heavier than females. Intense colors are a sign of high testosterone, which attracts females and deters rivals.

Australian Tree Runner Mantis (04:25)

A male must cautiously approach a female from behind if he wants to mate. A female false garden mantis eats a male's head as they mate.

Firefly (04:54)

In Malaysia, a male uses his bioluminescent flash to communicate that he is ready to mate. He and thousands of others synchronize their flashing lights to carry the message further.

Argus Pheasant (05:51)

A male in Southeast Asia calls to attract a female. He clears leaves and sticks from the area where he will display his wings to a potential mate.

Purple-throated Carib (05:02)

A male drinks nectar from heliconias as a female collects spider silk for her nest. He allows her to feed in his territory before they mate.

Frogs (05:28)

Some frogs in French Guyana need to mate in water. Up to 10 species try to mate simultaneously. Pools on the jungle floor will fill with tadpoles.

Credits: Jungles: In the Thick of It (00:37)

Credits: Jungles: In the Thick of It

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Jungles: In the Thick of It (The Mating Game)

Part of the Series : The Mating Game
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Jungles and rainforests are home to 80 per cent of all species on earth, but they cover just 2 per cent of our planet's surface. To win the mating game here, you need to be able to stand out from the crowd. For some it's all about putting on a show, whereas others must fight for their chance of victory. And for a few creatures, working together is the key. Chimpanzees are notorious for their brutality and violence, and for most this is the simplest way to secure a mate. Dominant males can fight off rivals and impress the ladies. But for one younger male, forging long-lasting relationships through care and attention has proved to be an incredibly fruitful method of currying favour with the female chimps. The abundance of food in the jungle means that many species can focus much of their attention on breeding. In Papua New Guinea, a MacGregor's bowerbird has spent his life collecting sounds and building a castle, all in the hope of attracting a partner. And for the first time ever in the wild, the courtship display of the great argus pheasant is laid bare for all to see. Whilst some animals might prefer a more subtle approach to mating, one jungle creature has his desire to breed written all over his face. A mandrill, the largest and heaviest monkey in the world, wears his blue and red face like a badge of honour. Only the strongest males can wear such bright colours, so he's hoping that his face alone will be enough to warn off any rivals to his throne. When it comes to winning the mating game, a potential player can't afford to lose his head. Unless, that is, his intended partner is a cannibalistic mantis. Sometimes, giving everything is the only way to win. Whatever the strategy, when it comes to mating in the jungle, there are few taboos.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL280378

ISBN: 979-8-88678-114-4

Copyright date: ©2021

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