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Home to a third of all species on the planet, the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. What makes this rich ecosystem such a powerhouse of evolution?

Episodes

Episode 1

Amazon

Home to a third of all species on the planet, the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. What makes this rich ecosystem such a powerhouse of evolution?

Episode 2

Andes

The longest chain of mountains in the world, the Andes run the length of western South America. How do people and animals survive in this high altitude world of extremes?

Episode 3

Venezuela

The tidal forests of Venezuela's Orinoco River are home to ibis, pumas, four-eyed fish and fiddler crabs. What other extraordinary creatures live on the River's banks?

Episode 4

Pantanal

The Pantanal is the world's largest wetland - but this is no ordinary swamp. Every year its drowned by floods, then parched by drought. Meet the animals that call it...

Episode 5

Patagonia

Witness a year in the life of the animals, plants and people who inhabit the ice fields, mountains, deserts and oceans of Patagonia, South America's last great wilderness.