Nat Geo Wild will premiere New Zealand-based NHNZ’s ultra high-definition wildlife special The Desert Sea, which journey’s through the North American Sonoran Desert.
The two-part series starts off with exploring why the Sonoran is the most diverse desert on the continent with its proximity to the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean. The second hour focuses on the variety and abundance of creatures like the Mountain Lion and the ice-age surviving Pronghorn antelope, creatures that have adapted to the hostile environment and made the desert their home.
Despite the remoteness and extreme weather of the Sonoran Desert, series producer Lorne Townend said he and his team were excited to work in this challenging environment.
“The Sonoran Desert is a unique and beautiful place. As the most biodiverse desert in the world, it is an extraordinary environment to study on film and makes the perfect subject for the UHD format,” he said in a statement.
The series is the first in a slate of UHD specials from NHNZ, with another 15 hours of UHD wildlife doc titles to be rolled out over the next six months.
The Desert Sea is a copro with Nat Geo Wild and NHNZ, and is distributed internationally by ZDF Enterprises.
NHNZ is a global producer of factual television creating original content for National Geographic Channels, PBS, Animal Planet, Discovery, NHK and CCTV.
Nat Geo Wild will air The Desert Sea Sunday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT in the U.S. It rolls out internationally in April.