The Big Dry • 2017 • 2 episodes • 2h:24m

The Luangwa Valley in Zambia is one of Africa’s last great wildernesses. A rich mosaic of ebony forests and grassy plains, it’s home to a vast array of colourful species including carmine-bee-eaters, hyenas, lions, vultures, crocodiles and insects such as praying mantis. This series follows the challenges the valley’s wildlife must overcome during the long dry season as they await the life-giving rains.

The Drought Begins

The Luangwa Valley in Zambia experiences one of the toughest dry seasons imaginable. Seven months with no rain and spiralling temperatures. And with this year’s El Nino conditions the drought is threatening to be even more intense than usual.

1/3 • 2017 • Nature

Life in the Furnace

It’s October in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. The hottest and harshest time of year. But this year dry season conditions are exacerbated by a global El Nino event… the Valley is in the throes of drought. There’s been no rain since April and desperate animals are drawn to the only remaining source of water in the Valley – the dwindling Luangwa River...

2/3 • 2017 • Nature