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THE RULES OF LIFE
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Professor Aubrey Manning travels the globe to find The Rules of Life
Mondays 21 November 2005 to 9 January 2006
Repeated Tuesdays 24 January to 14 March 2006

Rules of Life

Professor Aubrey Manning

This eight-part series explores the pressures that bear down on an animal from the moment of conception right through to death, as they strive to pass their genes on to the next generation. 
 
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Programme 1 - Life Before Birth

The Rules of Life shape animals' lives even before birth. A mother's nutrition and stress levels affect her offspring's later life.

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Grey seal pup

Programme 2 - Early Days


If at first you don't succeed, you don't succeed. Only 50% of grey seal pups survive in their first year.

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Elephant in Kruger National Park, South AfricaProgramme 3 - Going Independent

Leaving the safety of home can be a testing time, with many new skills to acquire. Young bull elephants spend years learning from older males before they can breed.

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Red deer
Programme 4 - Pairing Up


Attracting and choosing a mate can be a tricky and dangerous business. Red deer stags have to battle it out for access to females.

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Meerkat in the Kalahari Desert
Programme 5 - Happy Families

Parenting is often a challenge. Meerkats work together to feed and look after the next generation.

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Spiny lobsterProgramme 6 - Food Is Not For Free 
 
For many animals there's a balance between getting enough food whilst not being eaten yourself.  Spiny lobsters screech like a violin to scare off predators.

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Aubrey finds and gemsbock carcass in the desert
Programme 7 - The Twilight Years
 
Ageing affects us all - for some species it brings dominance and respect, for others life becomes very tough.

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Lions feedingProgramme 8 - Changing the Rules

Humans can influence animal behaviour in subtle ways. As people move into lion territory they drive away wildebeest and zebra. In Tanzania some lions have switched to hunting people instead.

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