Connect with us


News

Mammals, 28 April 2024, BBC One, “Heat”

Published

on

Natural History

Sir David Attenborough takes viewers on a global journey in the latest episode of Mammals, airing on BBC One on Sunday 28 April, exploring how mammals have adapted to the hottest places on Earth. From arid deserts to scorching outback landscapes, this episode reveals the remarkable strategies mammals employ to survive in extreme heat.

In Brazil’s dry Serra da Capivara region, a family of capuchin monkeys descend from their sun-baked cliff homes in search of water. Using their natural curiosity and intelligence, they navigate a challenging environment to find this precious resource.

The episode also features the Arabian camel, which roams Australia’s vast outback. With its distinctive hump storing energy, camels can endure for days or even weeks without water. The programme follows a male camel on a quest to find a mate, employing a unique courtship display involving inflating a sac from its mouth, known as a “dulla”.

In Madagascar’s spiny forest, a group of white sifaka lemurs exhibit an unusual behaviour to beat the heat. They traverse the forest, hopping from tree to tree, in search of a particular tree with cooler roots. By hugging the tree trunk, they can lower their body temperature and find respite from the intense heat.

Advertisement

The echidna, a bizarre mammal, has a unique method for staying cool—it blows snot bubbles. However, when faced with the threat of bushfires, the echidna adopts an even more extreme strategy. It enters a deep sleep, known as torpor, allowing it to survive for days during the worst conditions.

The programme also showcases the tiny Harris’s antelope squirrel of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. With its ability to tolerate high body temperatures, this squirrel can venture out during the hottest parts of the day. It employs a technique called “heat dumping” to quickly cool down by pressing its body against the cooler sand.

In the Hoanib Desert of Namibia, giraffes, the tallest mammals on Earth, face the challenge of finding food in the arid environment. Their long tongues, coloured black to protect them from sunburn, help them access water from deep within the trees. The dominant male also engages in a fight with a rival, revealing the intricate cooling system in their spotted pattern, designed to regulate their body temperature.

The episode highlights the adaptability and resilience of mammals in extreme heat, showcasing their intelligence, unique behaviours, and survival strategies.

Advertisement

Mammals airs on BBC One at 7:00 pm on Sunday, 28 April 2024.


Hey there! I'm Riley, the US TV Previews editor at memorabletv.com. I may have failed as a musician, but my love for Jeopardy knows no bounds. And let me tell you, The Wire is hands down the greatest TV show ever made. I've been writing about the entertainment biz since (mumble mumble). Stay tuned for all the latest TV news and previews!

Criminal Minds: Evolution Criminal Minds: Evolution
News5 hours ago

Criminal Minds: Evolution Season 2 Premiere (Paramount+, 6 June 2024)

Criminal Minds: Evolution returns for its second season on Paramount+ on June 6, with 10 new episodes. The first two...

Netflix Netflix
News5 hours ago

The Mole Season 2 (Netflix, June 28 – July 12, 2024)

Netflix announces the return of The Mole with a new season premiering on June 28, 2024. The reality competition series,...

Outchef'd Outchef'd
News5 hours ago

Outchef’d: Season 3 Premiere (Food Network, Thursday, May 30, 2024)

Food Network’s “Outchef’d” returns for an all new third season, airing on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT....

Jeopardy Ken Jennings Jeopardy Ken Jennings
News7 hours ago

Jeopardy! Friday May 17, 2024, Recap, Winner and Final Answer

The Friday May 17 episode of Jeopardy! featured an exciting face-off between three contestants: Rachel Shelton, an attorney from Lexington,...

Doctor Who Doctor Who
News9 hours ago

Doctor Who: Boom (BBC iPlayer, Disney+ May 18, 2024)

The iconic time-traveling adventure series Doctor Who continues with its fourteenth series, and the third episode, titled “Boom,” promises an...

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
News18 hours ago

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta – ‘Brokedown Palace’ (MTV, May 17, 2024)

In an upcoming episode of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, titled ‘Brokedown Palace,’ airing on MTV on Friday May 17,...

ID Logo ID Logo
News18 hours ago

A Heated Defense (ID, Friday, May 17, 2024 at 8:00 PM)

Investigation Discovery examines the shocking murder of Shelley Nance, a Texas woman stabbed in her hometown of Lake Highlands. The...

First Time Fixer First Time Fixer
News18 hours ago

First Time Fixer: ‘Georgia Generational Renovation’ (Magnolia, Friday, May 12, 2024)

In this brand-new episode of First Time Fixer, a couple takes on the challenge of renovating their childhood home in...

The Only Way is Essex The Only Way is Essex
News53 mins ago

The Only Way Is Essex: Season 32 Episode 9 (ITVBe, May 19, 2024)

The group dynamic takes an intriguing turn in the latest episode of The Only Way Is Essex, airing on ITVBe...

BBC One BBC One
News53 mins ago

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: RHS Countdown to Chelsea (BBC One, Sunday 19 May 2024)

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2024 is previewed in this special episode of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, hosted...

National Geographic Logo National Geographic Logo
News54 mins ago

Europe’s Wild Places: Winter’s Grip (Nat Geo Wild UK, 19 May, 2024)

The documentary series Europe’s Wild Places makes its debut with the episode “Winter’s Grip,” offering viewers an insight into Europe’s...

999: On The Front Line 999: On The Front Line
News2 hours ago

999: On the Front Line: Season 11 Episode 3 (More4, 19 May, 2024)

Documentary series 999: On the Front Line returns with Season 11 Episode 3, airing on More4. This episode offers another...

Match of the Day Match of the Day
News2 hours ago

Match of the Day: 19/05/2024 (BBC One, Sunday, 19 May 2024)

A bumper edition of Match of the Day airs this Sunday, May 19, 2024, on BBC One. Gary Lineker presents,...

Saturday Kitchen Saturday Kitchen
News2 hours ago

Saturday Kitchen: Eddie Izzard, Jack Stein, Sabrina Ghayour (BBC One, May 18, 2024)

Donal Skehan hosts a brand new episode of Saturday Kitchen, welcoming chefs Jack Stein and Sabrina Ghayour to the studio,...

Spy/Master Spy/Master
News2 hours ago

Spy/Master: The Trojan Horse (BBC Four, Saturday 18 May 2024)

In the sixth and final episode of Spy/Master’s first series, titled “The Trojan Horse,” the story reaches its climax as...

The Piano at Christmas The Piano at Christmas
News3 hours ago

The Piano: Season 2 Episode 4 (Channel 4, May 19, 2024)

The Piano returns with a brand new episode on Channel 4. In this fourth episode, which airs on May 19,...

Popular