'Nature: Super Cats'
(DVD / PG / 2019 / PBS)
Overview: Stalking in the shadows, prowling almost every continent, cats are one of the world's most diverse and successful predators.
Filmed over 600 days in 14 countries and featuring 31 species of cat, this groundbreaking three-part miniseries uncovers the secret lives of wild cats and introduces behaviors captured on film for the first time, using the latest camera technology and scientific research.
DVD Verdict: Everyone loves big cats, but what do we really know about them?
There is far more to these charismatic and misunderstood animals than just being the world's top predators. Cats have their tender side - they are emotional and intelligent while being social and are devoted parents.
From the solitary bachelor snow leopard in the Himalayas, to the elusive swamp tiger of South Asia, to a remarkably efficient Californian bobcat that is blind in one eye, NATURE brings these animal superstars out of the shadows and reveals how cats survive and thrive in all four corners of the globe.
Delving into one aspect of this show, the solitary snow leopard, we discover that they live across a vast area of northern and central Asia, including the Himalayan Mountains.
Indeed, in the Himalayas, snow leopards live in high alpine areas, mostly above the tree line and up to 18,000 feet in elevation.
The diet of the snow leopard varies across its range and with the time of year, and depends on prey availability. In the Himalayas, it preys mostly on Himalayan blue sheep and Siberian ibex.
Often referred to as the “Ghost of the Mountains,” the snow leopard is an elusive big cat that reigns among the peaks of the Himalayas.
In another portion of this fascinating, and incredibly shot, cinematic wonder piece, we learn more about the swamp tiger of South Asia. This endangered Bengal tiger is found primarily in India with smaller populations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar.
If we were ever planning a trip to Asia, we are quickly informed that the Sundarbans region, a massive wetland that extends into Bangladesh and India, was once avoided by people — in part because it's home to said tiger's, of course.
Lastly, we explore more information about the Californian bobcat, an animal that actually play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystem function by controlling prey populations.
Indeed, Bobcats are a common species that can be found throughout California from the high alpine zones of all local mountain ranges to the valley floor and from thick forests to the arid deserts.
Inclusive of all these facts and so many more, 'Nature: Super Cats' is compulsive viewing at a wondrous 160 minutes and true value for money - as all PBS documentaries are, I think you'll agree. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.