Polar bear seen from a distance walking on pack ice

Nomadic

Nomadic animals wander from place to place, using no particular fixed routes - unlike a migration - rather than staying in one tightly defined area. There are boundaries to their wanderings and some species, wolves for example, are still territorial. Often, animals may be nomadic only part of the time, during particular seasons, like badgers, or particular life cycle phase, as with young male lions. Nomadism in these cases has reproductive advantages, allowing males to visit different groups of females and ensure a healthy gene pool.

Watch video clips from past programmes (3 clips)

In order to see this content you need to have an up-to-date version of Flash installed and Javascript turned on.

BBC News about Nomadic

Video collections

Take a trip through the natural world with our themed collections of video clips from the natural history archive.

  • This is Planet Earth This is Planet Earth

    Narrated by Sir David Attenborough Planet Earth was the ground-breaking series that explored the wild and beautiful parts of our planet like never before.