The Himalayas

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Natural World, 2010-2011 Episode 4 of 14

Duration: 59 minutes

Documentary looking at the wildlife of the most stunning mountain range in the world, home to snow leopards, Himalayan wolves and Tibetan bears.

Snow leopards stalk their prey among the highest peaks. Concealed by snowfall, the chase is watched by golden eagles circling above. On the harsh plains of the Tibetan plateau live extraordinary bears and square-faced foxes hunting small rodents to survive. In the alpine forests, dancing pheasants have even influenced rival border guards in their ritualistic displays. Valleys carved by glacial waters lead to hillsides covered by paddy fields containing the lifeline to the East, rice. In this world of extremes, the Himalayas reveal not only snow-capped mountains and fascinating animals but also a vital lifeline for humanity.

  • The stunning Karakoram mountain range

    The stunning Karakoram mountain range

    This large mountain range spans the borders between Pakistan, India and China and is a part of the greater Himalaya.

  • Monal Pheasant

    Monal Pheasant

    Although living in the harshest of landscapes, the animals of the Himalayas have provided natural gifts to humanity.

    From the scent of musk deer impregnating the walls of mosques to the incredible strutting displays of the monal pheasant influencing the rituals of India and Pakistan’s border guards, there's much cause for wonder and amazement.

  • Temminck's Trapogan

    Temminck's Trapogan

    The Temminck's tragopan (Tragopan temminckii) is a medium-sized pheasant. Males are stocky, red-and-orange birds.

    They are found in the forests of South Asia, from northeast India, northwest Vietnam, Tibet and the northern provinces of China.

    Wildlife Finder: Temminck's tragopan
  • Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard

    The snow leopard sits proud on a mountain ledge, surveying the slopes beneath her.

    Her prey, the markor, are rutting and battles between rival males echo around the valley.

    The chase is concealed by a thin veil of snow but Himalayan wolves and golden eagles watch with intent hoping to pick up any morsel of food left over in the snow.

    Snow leopards on Wildlife Finder
  • Wildlife Finder

    Wildlife Finder

    Beautiful time-lapse footage of the Himalayas.

    Watch the Himalayas come alive


David Attenborough
Mark Fletcher
Executive Producer
Tim Martin


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