Episode 1 - Dogs In The Wild: Meet The Family Airs December 28

On BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 8pm. It's a three-part series with each subsequent episode released on Tuesday January 4 2023 and Tuesday January 11, both on BBC One. You can catch up with the whole series as a box set on BBCiPlayer after the first episode has been shown. We'll update with any US or international release dates and channel when we hear

PHOTO: L-R: Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) and Tibetan Fox (Vulpes ferrilata) / [Press Release Originally Published on December 22, 2022]



Episode 1

Meet the remarkable members of this 37-strong family.

5000 metres up on the Tibetan plateau, the Tibetan fox makes up for her small body with her extraordinary oversized, oversquare face. The shape is for camouflage: she can blend amongst the rocks but still spy on her prey. She doesn’t eat the meal all at once: she has a family to feed, and both she and her mate are on hunting duty. Thanks to care from both parents, their tiny pups will have the best chance of survival up here too.

The smallest canid of all – barely eight inches tall – goes head-to-head with the Sahara desert. The fennec fox must survive against the odds. Despite her tiny size, she makes up for it with serious hardware. Her oversized ears are for cooling: as temperatures reach high forties degree centigrade, the network of veins in her ears reduce her body temperature. And unlike all other desert-living carnivores, the lack of water in the desert doesn’t faze her either: her kidneys conserve water gleaned from the food she eats. This tiny dog has tamed the desert!

In the forests of southern India, dholes are surrounded by intimidating and hostile creatures – including elephants and tigers. Even if they’re lucky enough to catch a deer it might be stolen by a leopard. Dholes must rely on their wits to survive, and they do it by banding together and talking to each other. They have eleven different calls – yaps, whistles, barks, squeals, screams, and whines. This programme follows a pack, tunes in to their chat, and sees how they thrive in the forest.

Every family has an unusual cousin, and canids are no exception: the Maned Wolf looks nothing like a wolf, more like a fox on stilts. Standing 3ft tall, the tallest of all dogs, this strange creature is definitely out on a limb. He is, in fact, neither wolf nor fox, but a distinct species evolved to live in the grassy savannas of South America. 50 percent of his diet is fruit, with a penchant for lobeira berries – aptly named ‘fruit of the wolf’.

The latest scientific revelations provide fresh perspectives on characters who constantly surprise us with their diversity and their unusual behaviour. These are the world’s ultimate canids.


Dogs In the Wild: Meet The Family is the first series to concentrate solely on the family of dogs in the wild that has been produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit. Narrated by Chris Packham, this 3 x 60-minute series will feature astonishing cinematography, together with emotional and immersive storytelling around the remarkable members of one 37-strong family of wild dogs.

From the rugged peaks of the Himalayas to the blistering Sahara Desert, wild dogs thrive in the least likely of places. They are the most widespread carnivores on the planet. The latest scientific revelations provide fresh perspectives on characters who constantly surprise us with their diversity and their unusual behaviour. These are the world’s ultimate canids!

Dogs In the Wild: Meet The Family is a BBC Studios Natural History Production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning for Specialist Factual. The Executive Producer is Jo Shinner, the Series Producer is Rowan Crawford and the Commissioning Editor for BBC Natural History is Sreya Biswas.

Dogs In The Wild: Meet the Family will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Wednesdays at 8pm from 28 December, 2022.

Source BBC One

December 28, 2022 4:00am ET by BBC One  

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