Premiering January 27, Animal Planet’s new series Be The Creature follows naturalists and award-winning wildlife filmmakers, Chris and Martin Kratt, as they live with the animals to get close and experience their point-of-view.With only minimalist survival gear and their camera equipment, the Kratt brothers travel to remote wilderness areas to experience the world as the animals do.Be The Creature will air every night at 9 PM on Animal Planet.
In this new format series, where research meets survival, the Kratt Brothers throw themselves into the wild lifestyles of animals to give viewers a much more intimate perspective of the wild world.Chris and Martin actually live with the animals in fascinating and excitingadventures direct from the creature world!Travelling all over the world, they sleep and eat among the grizzly bears of coastal Alaska, keep pace with a pack of wild dogs in central Botswana, and swim with the sea iguanas of the Galapagos – all as they attempt to see the world from the animals perspective and understand how they thrive.
The Kratt brothers prowl theAmazon’s interior as part of a pack of giant otters. They travel through the treetops asthe slowest – and least graceful – members of a troop of chimpanzees. They live like theanimals live in order to bring forward a thrill-charged and experiential view of animals’ lifethat has never been seen before. Each episode is filled with unexpectedevents and spontaneous occurrences as the brothers do whatever it takes to BE THE CREATURE.
Kratt Brothers explore the biology, physiology and natural behaviour of unique creatures in the following episodes of Be The Creature :
Dropped off in the remote wilderness of the Katmai Peninsula, theKratt Brothers live for three weeks with the Brown Bear, the largestcarnivore in America. Chris and Martin get caught in the middle of a bearfight and witness a murderous male bear chasing down a mother andcubs.They dig for clams and eat protein-rich sedge just like the bears do.Through their increasing understanding of what it’s like to be a bear, theKratt Brothers discovera new depth to bears beyond the legendaryfierceness and killer mystique revealing the peaceful side of these gentlecreatures of explosive power.
African Wild Dogs
The KrattBrothers head to the Okavango to live with one of the most efficient, but least known, super-predators – the African Wild dog. Life atthe den site with a brand new litter of pups highlights the cooperative spiritin which these dogs distributetheir roles. But things get tough for the brothersas they join the hunting party, frantically trying to keep up with the wilddogs as they take down Impala. Life for an African wild dog is all about cooperation: it’s one forall and all for the pack.
TheKratt brothers journey to Botswana to prowl witha pride ofAfrica’s largest predator — the lion. They follow a large, powerful pride of animals which has beenregularly killing elephants. How do these lions work together to prey upon theworld’s largest land mammal? Through weeks of living with the lions and witnessing several hunts,Chris and Martin begin to understand the secrets to this lion pride’shunting strategy. The Kratt Brothers capture some rare moments of predation on camera, of a uniquelion pride showing exactly what it takes to topple an elephant – andwhat it means tobe one of the most powerful predators on theplanet.
Travelling from the cloud forest in the north to the spiny desert in the southon the Island ofMadgascar, theKratt Brothers are on the trail of theendangered lemur,descendants of theProtolemur, the first lemur whoarrived to the island over 70 million years ago. Deep in Madagascar’scloud forest, they find lemurs thought to be extinct only twenty years ago.
TheKratt Brothers travel to the western coast of Florida where theyexperience the life of one of the most endangered marine mammals in theUnited States, the Florida manatee. In winter, dozens of hot springs drawthe manatees up the tidal estuaries and rivers to keep warm, but now theymust share these waterways with an expanding human population.
From the snowy mountains in the north, to the coastal beaches in thesouth, theKratt Brothers travel to Japan to experience the life of theworld’s northernmost non-human primate, the Japanese Macaques. Atthe height of winter, the Krattbrothers camp alongside these incrediblyintelligent ‘Snow Monkeys’, seeing how they’ve adopted many humanhabits just by observation, like soaking in natural hot tubs to keep warm ina blizzard or washing their food in the ocean.
The Krattbrothers travel to Argentina and the region of Patagonia to witness one of nature’s mostincredible spectacles. The Orcas, killer whales, deliberately beachthemselves to hunt the elephant seal pups crowding on a shoreline.
The Krattbrothers travel to Uganda to contrast the life of chimpanzees inthe wild with those whose parents have been killed and are being raised ina chimpanzee ‘orphanage’ at theNgomba Island Sanctuary.
The Banded Mongoose
The Krattbrothers return to Uganda and travel to the Mweya Peninsularwhich contains one of the richest concentrations of wildlife in EasternAfrica. Here, surrounded by hippos, leopards, warthogs and dozens ofother species, the Kratts enter the world of the banded mongoose just asthe pups first emerge from their den.