BBC Earth

Filming facts

Groundbreaking footage

  • Wolves hunting caribou filmed from the air for the first time.
  • World-first close-ups of the rare and elusive snow leopard hunting in the Himalayas.
  • Unique images of grizzly bears in the Rockies feeding on moths.
  • Remarkable images of the blue bird of paradise – never filmed in the wild before.
  • Golden eagles taking demoiselle cranes on the wing as they migrate over the Himalayas.
  • Footage of a new species of blind cave fish in Thailand.
  • Pink river dolphins herding fish in the Amazon and presenting stones as 'gifts' during courtship – the only known use of tools by wild dolphins.
  • Crab-eating macaques that swim underwater.
  • The worlds deepest cave shaft – the Cave of Swallows in Mexico.
  • The depths of Lake Malawi – home to electric fish that hunt their prey in shark-like packs.
  • Unique access the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan, which contains more of the world's highest peaks than anywhere else on the planet.

What did it take to make Planet Earth?

  • £16 million budget
  • four years in production
  • over 2,000 days in the field
  • 71 camera people filming across every continent on the planet
  • 204 shoot locations
  • 62 countries
  • over 10,000 hours of footage
  • 10 babies born during production