The Resource The life of mammals : Opportunists, narrated by David Attenborough

The life of mammals : Opportunists, narrated by David Attenborough

Label
The life of mammals : Opportunists
Title
The life of mammals
Title remainder
Opportunists
Statement of responsibility
narrated by David Attenborough
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When it comes to food most mammals are specialists {u2013} some eat nothing but termites, some just seeds, others eat only flesh, and one species, the giant panda, relies almost exclusively on bamboo. But, there is an alternative strategy for feeding. Instead of being a specialist you can be a generalist {u2013} an omnivore {u2013} able to eat such a variety of food that you can always make the most of whatever seems to be around at the time. It{u2019}s the recipe for a successful story, and amongst this diverse group of animals are some of the most charismatic and widespread mammals on the planet. This strategy does, however, require many specialist skills. Omnivores, for example, need to be inquisitive, like the raccoon which, with its highly sensitive hands, searches for food both on land and underwater.They need to have a strong sense of smell, like the bizarre looking babirusa pig, which can easily detect the scent of ripe fruit wafting gently through dense tropical vegetation.They need to be opportunists, like skunks in Texas which, for a few weeks a year, feast on baby bats that fall to the ground from cave walls. But, above all omnivores need to be adaptable {u2013} whether hibernating through periods of food scarcity, like the raccoon dog, or just making the most of whatever food happens to most plentiful at the time, like the grizzly bear which, at certain times of the year, can consume a staggering 30,000 calories a day (that{u2019}s ten times more than an adult man!). Many of the world{u2019}s most specialist mammals are now under increasing threat from human expansion into their habitats.These animals simply cannot adapt quickly enough to change. Not so the omnivores. Raccoons, raccoon dogs, foxes, pigs, rats and even bears have all found refuge in cities and towns across the globe.Their success in our world is a testament to their adaptability and very unfussy diet. Indeed, it{u2019}s a strategy that has worked exceedingly well for the most successful mammal of all {u2013} humans
Cataloging source
NZEN
Characteristic
representational
Credits note
Series producer Mike Salisbury
Date time place
Originally produced by BBCActive in 2002
Label
The life of mammals : Opportunists, narrated by David Attenborough
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1079785
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file) (50 min.)
File format
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color
Publisher number
1079785
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b29863284
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
kanopy79786
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Video recording format
other

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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