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The World About Us (1967 - 1987): Forest in the Clouds  (1977)

Barry Paine joins the fellowship of British Science Writers

What is a jungle?  How do its creatures find a place to live in what appears to be an inpenetrable green tangle?  The forests of Costa Rica provide some intriguing answers.

Agoutis,  armadillos, scorpions and spiders coexist on the forest floor, while high above bromeliad plants sit on the trees sheltering a secret world within.  Huge, strangling fig trees rely for existence on wasps as small as match-heads; ants hide in potato ferns, and paper wasps show an ingenious way of keeping dry.  In this haunt of bellbird and howler monkey lives that most exotic of jungle birds the resplendent quetzal, sacred to the Mayas.  Rarely seen and perhaps filmed for the first time it moves through the forest that weeps its own rain.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Film Editor: Jim Cryan
Film Editor: John Merritt
Graphics: Peter Jones
Narrator: Barry Ernest Paine
Photography: Rodger Jackman
Photography: Hugh Maynard
Producer: Barry Ernest Paine
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Research: George Powell
Research: William Ramirez
Series Editor: Michael Andrews
Series Editor: Anthony Isaacs
Sound: Keith Rodgerson
Sound: Moira Mann
Stills
Barry Paine joins the fellowship of British Science Writers
Barry Paine joins the fellowship of British...
Supply helicopter parked at the local river.
Supply helicopter parked at the local river.
Jackman and Maynard at mealtime
Jackman and Maynard at mealtime
Filming camp for
Filming camp for "Forest in the Clouds"
Name? looks at the filming of a humming bird's nest
Name? looks at the filming of a humming bird's...