America the America the Beautiful Episode 104 - "Wild West"
The southwestern USA, the setting for some of the most famous desert landscapes on our planet, is a world of animal heroes who can overcome anything that’s thrown at them, from the baking desert to the mighty Pacific Ocean. Mountain lions patrol the Grand Canyon looking for mates, gray whales tackle the longest mammal migration on Earth, and hummingbird supermoms raise chicks in the blistering heat.
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Wildlife Cameramen Jake Davis and Pete Matthews survey the Grand Canyon, AZ, after heavy snowfall, on their hike in to check and maintain camera traps deployed along its rim. (National Geographic for Disney+/Andrew Studer)
A gray whale calf spends the first weeks of its life in the warm waters of Baja's lagoons, before setting off on one of the longest mammal migrations on Earth up the Pacific coast to their feeding grounds in the Arctic. (National Geographic for Disney+)
Honeypot ants create 'living larders' deep underground, using specialized workers whose abdomens can swell to the size of a cherry with nectar gathered during times of plenty by their comrades. (National Geographic for Disney+)