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Nature: Cracking the Koala Code


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IUEDO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Predominantly slow-moving energy-conserving koalas are not exactly well-equipped to handle speeding traffic and packs of dogs or the consequences of encroaching urbanization around Brisbane Australia. Their once quiet lives are now filled with social pressure conflict disease overcrowding and the external stresses of living in the middle of what amounts to an alien world. The film explores the day-to-day dramas of urban koalas seen through the eyes of the scientists studying their every move and vocalization. Fascinating social dynamics include a mother raising her baby territorial displays and vicious fighting by males competing for mating rights and the surprising life and loves of "traveling salesmen" rogue males who truly play the field. New science even "cracks the koala communication code" providing insights into their basic language and social structure. Their thunderous roars are difficult to reconcile with the familiar perception of them as cuddly creatures yet there is a great deal about them that is surprising. Viewers will get a whole new perspective after watching this film.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on January 5, 2013
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Big cities are sprawling into areas in which koalas live. The work looks at how the two can co-exist. I thought this work would be full of koala roadkill and be quite depressing. However, they try to describe the sad facts without displaying them.

The work has a subplot and a surprise ending. The work shows a koala youth and tracks him until he leaves his mother's back and pouch. Also, by the end, there is a new alpha male for the colony researched. The work admits that baby koalas eat their mothers' dookie. Still, they show the joey when he has hair and is cuddly. They don't show him in his original, worm-like state.

The work says that 1/3 of koalas in this area are killed by cars. But there are laws that humans cannot pet or pick up koalas. The Aussies are trying to make underpaths for the marsupials, but they also show that a koala can traverse a six-laned highway. The work admits that koalas can catch an STD. Luckily, veterinarians are trying to cure those who have been "burnt."

"March of the Penguins" showed those birds breeding. This work also shows a koala pair doing da nasty. A similar documentary was made about kangaroos in urban environments. Viewers who enjoyed this doc should also see that one. However, that one shows more death and dispair.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Teacher on April 4, 2013
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I am sorry to say I did not ike this video. I purchase videos to show my biology classes. I thought this would have to do with the DNA code of koalas and it had nothing to so with the DNA. I could live th that but there as wy to much talking and not enough action for my students to stay interested.
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