Staying alive in Asia's barren heartland of desert and dry grasslands is a challenge, yet many animals thrive. The Arid Heart explores life in the arid interior, revealing the secrets of surviving both searing summer heat and bitter winter cold.

Przewalski's horses are the only true wild horses in the world. They are nomads who roam the grasslands in search of the best grazing. The Demoiselle Cranes' journey from India takes them across the stony Gobi desert, the bleak centre of Asia's arid heart. Here, there is hardly any water, yet the desert is still home to a thousand wild Bactrian camels, who are superbly adapted to the desert.

The Arid Heart is the story of life in Asia's dry lands and grasslands of the Mongolian steppe, the stony Gobi Desert, and the sandy deserts of India. These are places of extreme, where summers are intensely hot and winters are bitterly cold. The animals who live here are tough and resilient, and not only survive, but thrive.

Asia/Oceana Award, Japan Wildlife Festival
Wildlife Prize, French Wildlife Festival
Stelvio National Park Award, Sondrio Festival, Italy
Footage Merit Award, USA Wildlife Film Fest

Producer: Alison Ballance
Language: English
Running Time: 50 minutes
Year: 1999
Video: 4:3 HD 1080P
Audio: Dolby 5.1
Format: Blu-ray and SD

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