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How the Rare Desert Elephant Survives Extreme Temperatures

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How the Rare Desert Elephant Survives Extreme Temperatures

Short | 03:29

For the rare desert elephant, a large surface area means they don't heat up, or cool down, very quickly. This allows the large animal to deal with extreme fluctuations in temperature.

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In the untamed and uncompromising wilds of southwestern Africa, a remarkable and resourceful array of life exists. Here, animals, insects, birds, plants, and reptiles not only survive but thrive in one of our planet's toughest environments. How do they do it? That question sends naturalist Nick Baker on a thousand-mile trek across Namibia, from the arid Salt Pan of Etosha to the 55-million-year-old Namib Desert to the inhospitable Skeleton Coast. Join him on his journey and discover an extraordinary world crafted by millions of years of evolution.

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