Bite Club

SATURDAY 7 JULY
BITE CLUB: BUGGIN’ WITH RUUD

FACTUAL

Ruud Kleinpaste’s passion for ecology started when he was a youngster. Born in Indonesia, Ruud moved to New Zealand in 1978 after studying silviculture, animal ecology and conservation at university in his native Holland. Since then, many New Zealanders have become familiar with Ruud’s work through his books, columns and his appearances on numerous radio and television show. Buggin’ With Ruud, is a dream come true for Ruud as he ventures to entertain and educate millions of viewers about bugs large and small. Tonight: Desert Survivors Ruud travels to Namibia, Africa to experience just how bugs cope in some of the toughest conditions on earth. This is a quest to find the ultimate desert survivor, and Ruud finds that survival in the Namib Desert, the hottest desert on the planet, is a true feat when there is nowhere to hide from the blistering heat. He scales dunes and trudges through an endless arid landscape to discover beetles that do handstands to harness the moisture from fog and bugs that swim beneath the sand to escape the sun.

BITE CLUB: BUGGIN’ WITH RUUD: Namibia: Desert Survivors, Saturday 7 July at 7.30pm


SATURDAY 30 JUNE: 7.30PM
BITE CLUB: BUGGIN’ WITH RUUD

FACTUAL

Ruud Kleinpaste’s passion for ecology started when he was a youngster. Born in Indonesia, Ruud moved to New Zealand in 1978 after studying silviculture, animal ecology and conservation at university in his native Holland. Since then, many New Zealanders have become familiar with Ruud’s work through his books, columns and his appearances on numerous radio and television shows. BUGGIN’ WITH RUUD, is a dream come true for Ruud as he ventures to entertain and educate millions of viewers about bugs large and small. Tonight: Ruud travels to the island of Madagascar that split from Africa 165 million years ago and became a floating Noah’s ark. Ruud hops aboard nature’s own time machine and explores a world of weird giants, nightmarish spiders, ghostly bug predators, living fossils, and newly discovered Dracula Ants that drink the blood of their own offspring.

BITE CLUB: BUGGIN’ WITH RUUD: Madagascar: Out Of This World, Saturday 30 June at 7.30pm

BITE CLUB: Wolf vs. Cougar
SERIES
SATURDAY 26 May at 7.30pm

The cougar is a highly specialised hunter with a whopping 85% hit rate when it goes for the kill. Wolves have a hit rate below 10%, but a single pack will catch and eat almost 45 tons of meat each year. High stamina and dogged determination make up for that low success rate. Which animal would prevail if they faced off in the wilderness? Biomechanical versions of the wolf and the cougar are created, pitting these two creatures against each other to reveal who is the king of the mountains.
BITE CLUB: Wolf vs. Cougar, Saturday 26 May at 7:30pm on PRIME

NATURAL HISTORY

Saturday 3 March at 7.30pm

Can creatures predict disaster?

Most pet owners have witnessed first hand unusual behaviour prior to a severe storm. Species of birds, dogs, elephants and tigers and other animals can detect ‘infrasound’ – which may trigger unusual behaviour – even signaling a hurricane.

The devastating tsunami that killed as many as 150,000 people in Asia on Boxing Day 2004 has renewed a common – and controversial -theory that animals can somehow sense imminent disasters. For some, it’s local folklore, yet for others, it’s scientific fact.

ANIMAL OMENS investigates the stories worldwide, from oral legend to divisive laboratory studies to find answers. The overwhelming evidence not only points to a deceptively simple scientific explanation but also suggests way in which we can actually forecast future catastrophes.

Can your dog tell you when it’s going to rain?

BITE CLUB: ANIMAL OMENS will tell you what to watch out for…

Saturday 3 March at 7.30pm on PRIME.