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Bears

Episode 2 of 12

Chris Packham explores what makes animal groups successful: How are bears able to survive in practically every habitat on earth, from jungles to the Arctic?

Bears can live in practically every habitat on Earth, from tropical jungles to the Arctic Ocean. Wherever they are found, they are capable of surviving extreme conditions and extracting the highest-quality food.

Detailing the latest research, Chris Packham explores the specialised adaptations that have enabled bears to thrive, including how a polar bear's hollow fur allows it to feed throughout the gruelling Arctic winter, whilst a state of 'walking hibernation' sees it through the summer months.

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 28 Mar 2022 00:45

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    Rae Morris

    Skin

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    Skin

  • 00:10

    Four Tet

    Everything Is Alright

  • 00:11

    Florence + the Machine

    No Light, No Light

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    Florence + the Machine

    No Light, No Light

  • 00:16

    Laura Mvula

    She

  • 00:17

    Laura Mvula

    Diamonds

  • 00:20

    Bonobo

    The Keeper

  • 00:22

    The xx

    Fiction

  • 00:27

    Jessie Ware

    Taking In Water

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Executive Producer Jonny Keeling
Director Clare Kingston
Producer Clare Kingston
Series Producer Aaron Paul

Broadcasts

  • Wed 20 Aug 2014 20:00
  • Thu 21 Aug 2014 01:00
  • Tue 26 Aug 2014 00:55
  • Sat 14 Feb 2015 17:20
  • Tue 3 Nov 2015 16:45
  • Sat 6 Feb 2016 16:00
  • Wed 29 Jun 2016 19:30
  • Thu 11 May 2017 15:45
  • Tue 2 Jan 2018 13:45
  • Tue 8 Jan 2019 16:40
  • Fri 12 Jul 2019 19:00
  • Sat 5 Oct 2019 10:00
  • Sat 5 Oct 2019 11:00
  • Thu 19 Mar 2020 19:30
  • Tue 9 Mar 2021 16:45
  • Tue 16 Mar 2021 16:00
  • Mon 6 Dec 2021 16:45
  • Mon 28 Mar 2022 00:45

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