This series of 25 x 23-minute episodes is available on DVD and is offered in 6 volumes (4 episodes in each volume). Get the entire series (approximately 9 hours of programming) or select your favourite volumes.
GENRE: Documentary, Animals
Originally broadcast by Discovery Channel (Canada) and Animal Planet (Canada).
SERIES SUMMARY: “Working Animals” takes you around the world to see the amazing ways animals and people work together.
Volume One Runtime: 105 minutes
BONUS: Volume One contains 5 episodes for the price of 4
Episode 1: Killer Whale AmbassadorsToday’s marine park killer whales (or Orcas) are part entertainer, part educator, and part public relations expert. See how killer whales work with trainers and scientists to raise awareness and educate about marine mammals.
Episode 2: Animal OraclesFrom fortune-telling birds to the weather-wise groundhogs of Groundhog Day, animals help people foretell and forecast.
Episode 3: The Airport PatrolThe ancient art of falconry goes high-tech as trained birds of prey help falconers prevent collisions between wild birds and aircraft.
Episode 4: Big Cat ActorsBig cats such as lions, tigers, and jaguars are natural stars. Go behind the scenes to see how big cat actors live and work.
Episode 5: Animal EnforcersSee how horses and dogs help law enforcement officers and how insect “informants” help detectives solve murders.
Volume Two Runtime: 84 minutes
Episode 6: The ExterminatorsSee how animals protect human food and property from pests. Meet nature’s exterminators as barn cats eradicate rodents, a hawk and dog evict pesky gulls, and predatory insects protect crops.
Episode 7: The Tour GuidesLlamas take hikers on a mountain adventure and elephants bring travellers into the heart of a forest reserve. Animal tour guides are part of the travel experience as they bring people face-to-face with nature.
Episode 8: The HealersAncient animal healers such as leeches and maggots are having a revival in modern medicine while dogs provide therapeutic touch to maintain human brain health.
Episode 9: The Sanitation EngineersDiscover how different species help people recycle waste – from barnyard animals to water-purifying aquatic creatures and oil-eating micro-organisms.
Volume Three Runtime: 84 minutes
Episode 10: Burdened BeastsFrom oxen to llamas and horses to elephants, brawn meets brains when the mighty beasts of burden work with humans. In a world where many animals have been replaced by machines, some still have jobs that require their unique skills.
Episode 11: The RescuersSuperior senses and physical abilities make animals indispensable for rescue efforts. See how dogs track ‘cold’ trails and how camels form an unusual search and rescue team.
Episode 12: The Medicine MakersVenomous snakes and scorpions donate toxins to the making of treatments for cancer and stroke. Join intrepid scientists as they work with some of the world’s deadliest creatures.
Episode 13: The HelpersSee how animals help people with disabilities to live independent lives. A miniature horse is a guide for a person who cannot see and dogs help people with hearing impairments or mobility needs.
Volume Four Runtime: 84 minutes
Episode 14: The NanniesAnimal adoptions go from the commonplace to the usual. A ewe adopts an abandoned lamb, a tame hawk teaches a wild hawk fledgling how to hunt, and a dog babysits a tiger cub and wolf pup.
Episode 15: The Shop CatsIn shops and on wharves, cats provide companionship and pest control. In an unusual twist, the ‘paws that rule the nation’ belong to a colony of feral cats.
Episode 16: The HuntersHumans team up with animals that help them hunt. In China people fish with cormorants while in Canada an energetic dog called a Nova Scotia Duck Toller lures waterfowl within range. Hawks collaborate with dogs to help humans hunt small game.
Episode 17: The MagiciansPeople make magic with a range of animal species, from doves and rabbits to a tiger, jaguar, and a cobra.
Volume Five Runtime: 84 minutes
Episode 18: The AthletesDiscover how horses are bred and trained to be champion jumpers and how camels defy their plodding image to be swift racers. In the air, racing pigeons rocket across hundreds of kilometres.
Episode 19: The GuardiansOn a South African farm, ostriches guard livestock from thieves. In North America, an Akbash dog ambushes wolves and a llama protects sheep from coyotes. In India, a monkey sounds the alarm against highway robbers.
Episode 20: The TeammatesAnimals and humans play together as nimble polo ponies win the game, llamas take to the golf course as caddies, and dogs run snowy trails in the sport of skijoring.
Episode 21: The FirefightersDiscover how the classic firehouse Dalmatian helped horses get pump wagons to the scene of a blaze. Today, dogs investigate arson, sheep prevent brush fires, and a cat rescues its owner from a burning home.