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Zoology & Behavioral Ecology

A Naturalist in the Rainforest.

Tells the story of Alexander Skutch and reveals the splendors of tropical nature that have captivated him for over half a century. One of the great naturalists of our time, Skutch travelled around Central America for years uncovering the secrets of tropical birdlife. His later efforts to live and farm in harmony with the rainforest in Costa Rica, make Skutch's remarkable story especially relevant today. 54 min.
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Description from Bullfrog Films catalog


Leap into the fascinating world of frogs, toads, and salamanders, and get a close-up look at the amazing variety of colors, shapes, and sizes in the amphibian family. Presented with state-of-the art special effects with stunning graphics which bring the natural world to life. 1994. 35 min.

An Animal's World: Chimpanzees

Focuses on one troop of chimpanzees in the Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Among the behaviors shown are eating, foraging, self-grooming and social grooming, object manipulation including carrying, tool using to hunt termites for food and night and day nest building. Also shows such social behaviors as fighting, inter-species killing and flight, embracing, hand holding, sexual behavior and parenting behavior. c1999. 52 min.

Animal Research Laboratory.

University of California, Berkeley part 1. KRON-TV special report, January 27, 1983. 3/4" UMATIC

Ants: Little Creatures Who Run the World

Unselfishness is the rule. Everything ants do is for their colony's good. Ant colonies can be found almost everywhere on the planet, and have existed in some form back almost to the time of the earliest living things. Dr. Edward O. Wilson argues that the instinctive behavior of ants, particularly their tendency to live in large colonies, have made it possible for ants to survive in most conditions. The program compares ant behavior with human social structures, and makes the case that human societies may not be as well organized as ant colonies. Nova series.

At the Threshold of Eternity (1977).

Protection and survival of endangered species are illustrated through current recovery program for peregrine falcons, greenback cutthroat trout, river otters and white pelicans. 3/4" UMATIC. 27 min.

Baboon Ecology

Demonstrates the adaptation of baboons to the grasslands of Kenya. Live photography and animation illustrate some of the ecological principles at work among the average baboon troop. Produced by Aline Evans and C. Cameron Macauley. 1962. 21 min.

Baboon Social Organization

Uses line photography and graphic animation to analyze the nature of the interdependence within a baboon troop and its close relation to baboon ecology. Discusses the role of large central males, peripheral males, mothers with infants, and juveniles. 1963? 18 min.

Bees: Tales From the Hive

Specially developed macro camera lenses are used to portray a year in the life of a working bee colony. Stunning images take viewers inside the innermost secrets of the hive. Sequences include the "wedding flight" of the colony's virgin queen as it mates in mid-air with a drone; the life-and-death battle between two rival queens for the colony's throne; and the defeat and death of a thieving wasp at the entrance to the hive.

Birds of the Indian Monsoon

Follows for one year the birds in the Keoladeo National Park in Northern India which thrive during the monsoon rains. It shows how birds and other wildlife cope with the drought when the rains cease and how the sanctuary returns to life with egrets, cranes, storks, eagles, owls, parakeets and herons breeding again when the rains resume. 1998. 50 min.