About the show

One of the pack?

Gain a better understanding of one of the world’s favourite and often feared animals.

Wolves are one of the most iconic and fascinating animals on earth, yet biologists have never been able to follow the detail of their lives in the wild. Until now, our knowledge has come from captive animals and occasional glimpses in the wild.

Gordon Buchanan wants to get to know a wild wolf family so he can gain a better understanding of one of the world’s favourite and often feared animals.

On Canada’s Ellesmere Island lives a population of wolves so remote they are naive to man. It is in this extreme location that Gordon must try to gain the trust of a wild wolf pack and its three pups. Will these animals consider Gordon as prey or a competitor? And will they ever let a human into their pack?

From the dramatic moment when Luna’s vulnerable three cubs emerge from her den for the first time, Gordon’s attempts to be accepted by the pack, this is a year of joy, emotion and drama in Canada’s high Arctic wilderness.


Snow Wolf Family and Me - Profile

Gordon Buchanan

Hailing from scenic Tobermory on Scotland’s wildlife-rich Isle of Mull, Gordon grew up watching Sir David Attenborough documentaries.

He took his first steps into natural history broadcasting at the tender age of 17, when the late wildlife filmmaker Nick Gordon offered him a life-defining job as his filming apprentice in Sierra Leone. Gordon quit school in a heartbeat, and spent the next 18 months documenting beasts in the Gola Rainforest National Park.

After honing his camera skills shooting footage of indigenous Piaroa communities feasting on giant tarantula spiders in Venezuela, and filming all manner of wildlife species in the Brazilian Amazon, Gordon purchased his own recording kit and braved becoming a cameraman in his own right.

Assignments to film lions and hyenas in the Serengeti, leopards by night in Sri Lanka and tigers in the Brazilian rainforest gained Gordon kudos as a big cat specialist, and he has since gone on to become one of the UK’s most celebrated on-screen wildlife cameramen.

In addition to becoming a household name as the face of the popular BBC series Big Cat Diary, Gordon’s other noteworthy TV credits include The Polar Bear Family and Me, The Bear Family and Me, Land of the Tiger, Land of the Lost Wolves and Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom.

In 2013, Gordon became a patron of Trees for Life, a conservation charity committed to restoring the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.