Yellowstone is no ordinary wilderness, it is the world's first national park and one of the
world's last and most spectacular wildernesses - a global icon of natural beauty. It is also
home to some of the richest wildlife beyond the plains of Africa. Vast panoramas are
coupled with intimate close ups as this landmark 3 part series reveals the grandeur of this
unique place as its animals struggle to survive over the course of vividly changing seasons.
The daily struggles of the wildlife are intimately linked to Yellowstone's greatest secret: that
sleeping right beneath the snow is probably the world's largest volcano.
In winter, Yellowstone is frozen solid, buried by snow as deep as a house for over six
months. While the herds of elk and bison are gradually weakened by the cold, the park's
wolves grow stronger - but with one of the world's largest volcanoes beneath the surface,
everything from the freezing cold to the creation of a snow-storm is determined by the power
at Yellowstone's heart. Features mini-documentary on Jeff Henry and he removes the heavy
weight of snow from the tops of buildings.
As the snow melts the extent of Yellowstone is revealed, but summer here is fickle. Grizzly
bears teach their young how to hunt fish and when to move out through valleys and
grasslands into summer forests and up into the peaks. But summer here is fickle. August is
the only month in the year when it does not snow, but then, just as it seems the easy living
of summer has finally arrived, it is brought to an abrupt end as fires sweep through the
forest. Also features the people who live and work in Yellowstone during the summer season.
Winter is around the corner and there are just two months for the animals to get ready or
get out. Elk move down from the mountains to find food, and beavers repair dams before
ice freezes their ponds. As the snow and ice return, many animals move out from the heart
of Yellowstone, away from the protection of the national park. Features a behind the scenes
on Mike Kasic, sound recordist on Yellowstone.