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Jungles: People of the Trees
The jungle is home to a huge variety of life – but living here is not as easy as it looks.
For us humans in particular the rainforest is brutal.
This eye-popping episode reveals the remarkable ways in which people carve a living in the wildest places on the planet.
In Brazil the Matis shape 4 meter-long blowpipes to hunt monkeys in complete silence. The BaAka pygmies of the Congo defy death by scaling 40 meter-high trees – using nothing more than a vine – just to get a honey treat for their families!
Playtime for the Piaroa children of Venezuela means a tarantula hunt – for a lunchtime snack.
In West Papua the Korowai tribe show off their engineering skills, building a high-rise ‘apartment’ 35 meters up in the tree tops.
And in Brazil we join a special monitoring flight for a filming first: a glimpse of a remote tribe. Only in the jungle could an entire community of people live in complete isolation from the outside world.