- Join an expedition that takes you from scorching deserts to sweltering wetlands to discover a world of extremities and the life that inhabits it -
Embark on a thrilling exploration of the Middle East as Animal Planet zooms in on this vast and varied region in a brand new series, WILDEST MIDDLE EAST. Premiering every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m., starting December 30, this stunning three-part series visits Turkey, Jordan and Egypt to showcase the region’s most spectacular locations, incredible wildlife and vibrant culture. Encores every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
The Middle East has a natural history quite unknown to the outside world; it’s a place where east meets west – of thick forests, remote deserts, wild mountain ranges and rolling seas. Breathtaking in scale and filmed in high-definition, WILDEST MIDDLE EAST combines the extraordinary stories of animals, plants and people to provide revelations about life in this land of extremes.
Journey across the stunning landscapes of Turkey, an earthquake hotspot where flora and fauna live on the edge. In the land of pharaohs, pyramids and sacred tombs, witness the life that rule the desolate terrains where ancient Egyptians believed creatures had power over nature. In historically-rich Jordan, contrasting natural formations such as deep valleys, sheer cliffs and panoramic mountains belie the actual vastness of this kingdom.
The Middle East is the surprising home to some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Fennec foxes, Caucasian lynx and Anatolian Ground squirrels – these are just some of the amazing species that have developed unique ways to survive the region’s inhospitable environments.
WILDEST MIDDLE EAST also gives insight into what life is like for the human inhabitants of the area. Meet the people who, through ingenuity and determination, have found ways to make the most of what the region has to offer. Learn of the ancient rituals, vital skills and fascinating lifestyles that shape their identity. The nomadic Bedouins still practice the art of falconry to this day, are experts at camel husbandry and continue to hunt with Saluki dogs – the oldest known breed of domesticated dogs which were also considered to be the royal dog of Egypt.