The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide

1998 - 2005, Nature / Wildlife, Other
A close-up guide to the many wonderful animals that inhabit the planet.

Episode Guide

  • The Ultimate Guide - Elephants & Great Apes (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    Elephants & Great Apes

  • The Ultimate Guide - Dogs & Big Cats (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Dogs & Big Cats

  • The Ultimate Guide - Crodcodiles; Snakes (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Crodcodiles; Snakes

  • The Ultimate Guide - Sharks and Whales (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    Sharks and Whales

  • The Ultimate Guide - Wild About Tigers (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    Wild About Tigers

    Raising tiger cubs; hunting and persecution; how to save tigers from extinction.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Snakes and Bears (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    Snakes and Bears

  • The Ultimate Guide - Pregnancy (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:


    The path of a fetus from conception to birth.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Volcanoes (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:


    Many volcanoes around the world are heating up.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Fireworks (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:


    Business, excitement and history of fireworks.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Roller Coasters (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    Roller Coasters

    Roller-coaster enthusiasts prepare for amusement-park summer vacations.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Ice Man (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Ice Man

    Scientists study the remains of a 5,300-year-old body found in 1991.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Mastodon in Your Backyard (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Mastodon in Your Backyard

    Theories on why mastodons disappeared.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Spiders (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:


    Spiders use venom to paralyze insects; black widow; fiddleback spider.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Pyramids (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:


    Pyramids impart important clues about ancient lives, from the religious rites of the Egyptians to the sacrificial practices of the Mayans and Aztecs.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Submarines (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:


    How the sonar crew in a massive, nuclear-powered submarine tracks other vessels with sound alone; the next generation of submarines.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Mummies (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:


    Studying the process of mummification by ancient civilizations to gain new scientific knowledge and research decomposition.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Extreme Weather (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Extreme Weather

    Satellite imagery and 3-D animation are used to dramatize the inner-workings of storm systems, including tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes and blizzards.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Planes (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:


    Evolution of airplanes.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Human Body (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Human Body

    An examination of the exquisitely engineered human body, including the human skeleton, brain, skin and hard-working cells.

  • The Ultimate Guide - House Cats (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    House Cats

    The domestic cat retains many features of its wild ancestry.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Dolphins (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:


    Dolphins are revered for their intelligence, grace and beauty.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Ants (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:


    The ant acts as hunter, gatherer and predator to help balance its ecosystem.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Crocodiles (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:


    The ancient crocodile's design is extremely efficient.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Horses (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:


    Powerful and swift horses evolve from cat-sized multitoed animals.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Octopus (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:


    Scientists study the complex behavior of the octopus.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Birds of Prey (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Birds of Prey

    Raptors' binocular vision and powerful wings, talons and beaks make them keen predators.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Bears (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:


    Computer graphics and wildlife footage illustrate the unique senses of the bear.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Whales (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:


    Cameras explore the complex physiology and social interaction of whales.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Big Cats (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Big Cats

    Grace, brooding patience and elusiveness link the great felines of different continents.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Great Apes (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Great Apes

    Film footage and computer graphics explore the many questions surrounding the creatures closest to humans on the evolutionary ladder.

  • The Ultimate Guide - T-Rex (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:


    Special-effects animation and researchers' commentary recreate the tyrannosaur and its world.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Ultimate Guide to Dogs (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Ultimate Guide to Dogs

    The relationship between man and canine stretches back 12,000 years.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Elephants (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:


    Computer animation illustrates the evolution of elephants.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Snakes (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:


    Computer graphics illustrate the evolution of snakes.

  • The Ultimate Guide - Sharks (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:


    Rare footage of a Greenland shark helps spotlight the creature's ancestry, habits, physiology and diversity.