Nighttime wildlife of Costa Rica

Dr George McGavin with a Costa Rican spider

Dr George McGavin with a Costa Rican spider

The first episode of the BBC’s new three part series ‘The Dark: Nature’s Nighttime World’ was broadcast on Sunday night and it didn’t disappoint.

For a period of six months a team of biologists and a specialist camera crew explored the length of Central and South America finding out how animals have adapted to life in the dark.

This first episode focused on the jungles of Costa Rica, where nighttime camera specialist Justine Evans had a close encounter with a large male jaguar, biologist Dr George McGavin was on the trail of the ingenious net-casting spider, and cameraman Gordon Buchanan finds ruined temples deep in the jungle, once used for worship and human sacrifice.

For me the highlights were the close encounters with puma, the turtle hatchlings making their way to the ocean under the watchful eye of the vultures and the toucans quietly snoozing in the trunk of a tree. What was also remarkable was the net-catching spider capturing a grass hopper in slow motion and the headlamp beetle, lit up in all its glory as it took flight.

If you’ve been inspired by the scenery and wildlife of Costa Rica view the itineraries on our website or discuss a trip to Costa Rica with our specialists on 01993 838 665.

Next week’s episode is set in the Amazon where Dr George McGavin and the team discover some new species. ‘Amazon Flooded Forests’ is on next Sunday on BBC2 at 9pm.

One Response to “Nighttime wildlife of Costa Rica”

  1. Gabriel  on September 25th, 2012

    I love shows like this. They are so interesting and help motivate me to get out and see the world.

    I didn’t watch this particular show but it sounds good and I’ll have to go and see if I can find it somewhere.