A new BBC Earth nature series – narrated by the inimitable Sir David Attenborough – explores some of the most amazing families around the world. From emperor penguins in Antarctica to lions in Kenya, the series will focus on the power structures within these animal families. The series tells the stories “of families and leaders, heroes and villains, triumph and tragedy,” according to the BBC.
“Never before has a landmark offered the viewer the opportunity to follow the lives of animals in such detail, each fighting against overwhelming odds for their own survival and the future of their families”. Each of the five episodes will explore a different animal around the world. Here’s where to find them:
Chimpanzees in Senegal
The series will kick off with the story of David, the alpha male of a group of chimpanzees living in Senegal, as he tries to help his group survive – and fight off the other males who want to take his place. The 32 chimps live in the Kedougou Region, south-east Senegal, where the forest meets the Saharan desert.
Emperor penguins in Antarctica
Heading to the remote coast of Antarctica, this episode follows a colony of emperor penguins in Atka Bay. Filmed at Alfred Wegener Institute’s Neumayer III Base in Antarctica, it will follows the 11,000 birds as they pair up in order to raise their chicks in the harsh environment.
Lions in Kenya
On the African savannah in Kenya’s Masai Mara, this episode will follow the Marsh pride. The pride has been abandoned by all the adult males who previously defended it – leaving the two adult females to care for eight young lions. In order for their dynasty to survive, they will have to raise the cubs to adulthood on their own.
Painted Wolves in Zimbabwe
In Mana Pools National Park, near the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, Tait the painted wolf is starting to grow old. With only 6600 painted wolves left in the world, 280 are from Tait’s bloodline – which makes her incredibly important to the endangered animal’s survival. But as territory runs out, one of Tait’s daughters has her own pack nearby, and met with a border of human land, must push into her mother’s territory to get what her pack needs to survive.
Tigers in India
Raj Bhera is one of 80 tigers living in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, India. While she has a good territory with natural springs, bamboo thickets, ancient Sal forests and more, her adult daughter Solo is now challenging her for the territory. Raj Bhera must fight to keep her hunting grounds to protect her other cubs.
If you want to see more of these incredible animals and the places they live, Dynasties premieres on Sunday 11 November on BBC One.
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