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TORONTO (May 1, 2014) – From the Andes to the Amazon, the Pacific to the Caribbean, wildlife adventurer Nigel Marven journeys to Colombia’s major habitats to meet rare and unusual creatures – many filmed for the very first time! Beginning in the nation’s capital, Bogota, Marven explores this beautiful and diverse land in NIGEL MARVEN: WILD COLOMBIA, premiering Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery World. In the four-part series, Marven, a perpetual and enthusiastic traveller, ventures into the wild exploring an extraordinary array of beautiful and never-seen-before species!
Highlights from NIGEL MARVEN: WILD COLOMBIA include:
NIGEL MARVEN: WILD COLOMBIA: HIGHLANDS AND HUMMINGBIRDS
Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Marven begins his journey high in the eastern peaks in Colombia’s capital, Bogota. Before heading west to the Magdalena valley, Marven relishes a garden with a blizzard of hummingbirds where he encounters unique frogs, giant creepy-crawlers, cute capuchin monkeys, and birds that live like bats. Heading high again into the central Andes, he meets some very strange birds and searches the moonlike landscape of the Páramo for one of the world’s highest-altitude hummingbirds.
NIGEL MARVEN: WILD COLOMBIA: LANDS OF THE ANACONDA
Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Anacondas are the biggest snakes in Colombia, and one of the largest on Earth. Marven begins this episode searching for these awe-inspiring serpents in the flooded forests of the mighty Amazon, at the southernmost tip of the country. Along the way he finds giant frogs, mischievous monkeys, and dazzling tropical fish. Further north, in the Llanos, Colombia’s vast swathes of savannah, Marven meets up with cowboys who show him the wealth of wildlife on their ranch, from a cranky caiman to a tree-dwelling Tamandua.
NIGEL MARVEN: WILD COLOMBIA: CREATURES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Santa Marta is the world’s tallest coastal mountain, rising up from the warm water beaches of the Caribbean Sea, to high forested slopes, and home to many species found nowhere else on Earth. After enjoying the festivities of the Barranquilla Carnival, Marven heads uphill to find unique parakeets and hummingbirds, while shining his lights into the tree branches at night to see adorable owl monkeys staring right back. Further north along the coast the lush forest turns to desert scrubland – here Marven dances with a deadly rattlesnake and takes a boat into the lagoon for spectacular views of a flock of flamingos. He finishes his Caribbean adventure near the beautiful ancient city of Cartagena where scientists are working to protect one of the world’s rarest monkeys.
NIGEL MARVEN: WILD COLOMBIA: PACIFIC PARADISE
Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
The pacific coast of Colombia is the country’s wild west, an area of few roads and little human activity, as well as one of the wettest regions on the planet – ideal for amphibians. Marven searches the forest to find some of the most amazingly colourful poison frogs. As darkness falls the jungle comes alive and he finds giant geckos, snakes and glowing beetles by flashlight. On the sandy beaches Marven visits a fantastic project protecting marine turtle eggs as they hatch and takes a boat out to sea to get up close to humpback whales on their annual migration.
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