YETI-LIKE SNOW MONKEYS IN THE REMOTE FORESTS OF CHINA,
A CAMOUFLAGE PREDATOR LURKS IN THE DESERT OF IRAN
AND THE MOST ENDANGERED SPECIES OF RHINOCEROS, THE SUMATRAN RHINO
FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S “ASIA” EPISODE
BBC AMERICA’S NEW SERIES
“SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET” CONTINUES
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH AT 9:00PM ET/PT
ON BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC AND SUNDANCETV
Clockwise from left: Whale Shark feeding
This week’s all-new episode focuses on Asia, the world’s largest continent. In the frozen north, walruses congregate in extraordinary numbers, bears gather inside volcanoes and yeti-like monkeys fight in the remote forests of China. In the tropical south - the last few Sumatran rhino roam and the world’s most bizarre predator lurks in Iran. Seven Worlds, One Planet continues on Saturday, February 8th at 9:00 pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV.
Filming First: The highest mountain ranges in central China are remote, and to date, have been largely inaccessible to film crews. Yet for hundreds of years stories of the “Yeti,” a golden snub-nosed monkey, have emanated from this region. BBC captured footage for the first time of these incredible creatures with bright blue faces and golden coats who spend a lot of their time walking upright just like humans. These monkeys are the “holy grail” for Sir David Attenborough who first learned about them in the 1960s.
Filming Locations and Species:
● The blue-faced golden coated snub-nosed snow monkey has a coat that is 16cm long. To avoid freezing to death these monkeys huddle closely for warmth.
● The whale shark is almost 20m long – the largest fish in the world.
● Polar bear fur is translucent, and only appears white because it reflects visible light. Beneath all that thick fur, their skin is jet black.
● Male Kamchatka brown bears can reach a weight of 700 kilograms, and are among the largest bears in the world.
● Orangutans have the ability to self-medicate.
● Northern Asia has temperatures that can drop below minus sixty degrees Celsius.
● Two million square miles of northern Russia are locked beneath ice.
● Kamchatka has the highest density of active volcanoes on the planet.
● The Himalayas are the tallest mountains on the planet.
● The Lut Desert in Iran has temperatures that can reach 70 degrees Celsius.
Following Emmy®-winning series Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, Seven Worlds, One Planet tells the story of earth’s seven spectacular continents and how they shape the extraordinary animal behavior and biodiversity we see today. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and featuring a theme co-composed by Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea, and series score by Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music, Seven Worlds, One Planet reveals how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there. The seven-part series marks the first time BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit has explored all the planet’s continents in a single series. Seven Worlds, One Planet is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC AMERICA, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, France Télévisions and China Media Group CCTV9.