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Chris Packham discovers the unique features that make certain animal groups successful.

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Foxes

The Wonder Of Animals - Foxes

Chris Packham sees how the fox's senses, intelligence and flexibility helps it buck the trend of carnivores struggling to compete in a world with a rocketing human population.

11-01-2019

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Ants

The Wonder Of Animals - Ants

Chris Packham explores the ways in which ants have managed to achieve their global success, including natural air-conditioning systems and shelters made from their own bodies.

10-01-2019

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Big Cats

The Wonder Of Animals - Big Cats

Chris Packham delves beneath the skin of the big cats to explore what makes them such good hunters, and reveals that it's not all about brawn.

09-01-2019

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Bears

The Wonder Of Animals - Bears

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 Arctic winter.

08-01-2019

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Penguins

The Wonder Of Animals - Penguins

Chris Packham explores details of the penguin's anatomy, using new research to reveal how its legs, wings and body shape have allowed it to conquer a range of habitats.

07-01-2019

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Elephants

The Wonder Of Animals - Elephants

Chris Packham reveals how hairs on the skin help keep elephants cool, how sensors in their feet may guide them towards rain and how a pouch in their mouths stores water.

31-03-2018

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Snakes

The Wonder Of Animals - Snakes

Chris Packham explores how snakes use their senses to hunt, from heat-sensitive pits used to capture prey in the dark to tongues used to lure fish.

17-03-2018

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Bats

The Wonder Of Animals - Bats

Chris Packham explores bats' incredible anatomy, physiology and senses to understand what enables them to thrive in some surprising places.

10-03-2018

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Dolphins

The Wonder Of Animals - Dolphins

Chris Packham reveals how a dolphin pod uses body movements to communicate the location of food and explores the strategies used by orcas during a hunt.

20-01-2018

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Crocodiles

The Wonder Of Animals - Crocodiles

Chris Packham reveals how the crocodile's circulatory system enables it to hold its breath underwater for over an hour and how sensitive skin helps detect its prey.

13-01-2018

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Great Apes

The Wonder Of Animals - Great Apes

Chris Packham explores the evolution of the great ape's brain to reveal how different parts have been adapted over time by its anatomy, ingenuity and sociability.

06-01-2018

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