Nature's secret alliances in Africa's most hostile land
New science from world experts reveals that collaboration plays a major role in animal evolution.
And there is no better region of the world where this is more vividly on display than in the mighty Kalahari desert in southern Africa.
Here, more than elsewhere, animals have found incredible ways to survive: secret pacts, tacit alliances, determination and cooperation. And not just between next of kin. Often with complete strangers. Ground squirrels living alongside yellow mongooses, and helping to protect them from predators like the Cape cobra. Sociable weavers co-habiting with pygmy falcons and lizards in giant communal nests. And drongos acting as alarm-calling sentinels for meerkats as they hunt for food, in return for some of the insects they ush.
Using the very latest camera technology, this mini-series reveals the incredible tactics animals and plants use to survive in one the most punishing places on Earth.
Direction: Pierre Stine
Written by Emilie Dumond
Production: ZED and Patrick Morris for France Télévisions
Delivery: Summer 2021
With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Available versions: French, English