Africa is the mother continent, the core from which all the other continents were torn away 100 million years ago. Since then, three factors have had profound consequences on its wildlife. This mighty block of land has stayed in much the same place - it stands alone and it straddles the equator. It has also been protected from crippling ice ages and destructive invasions as well as nurtured by gentle changes in climate and geology. As a result, animals and plants have flourished here more successfully than on any other continent. This is Africa - rich, diverse, fascinating, and the heart of the world. Time is the key to our series. Influenced by climate and geology, time has allowed Africa to accumulate the breathtaking variety of wildlife we see today.
Jungle Episode # 105
At Africa's heart, there is a vast tropical rainforest - a tangled Jungle, stretching for five and a half thousand kilometres. To survive here is to grasp what rare opportunities you can. But in this endless, primeval world of plants, all is not as it at first seems. Over the millenia, rains have come and gone, rivers have snaked and weaved, an infinite number of trees has grown and fallen, and grasslands have been swallowed and reborn. The forest is not so permanent after all.