Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants

David Attenborough goes to visit one of the largest animal societies in the world in the Swiss Jura Mountains, where over a billion ants from rival colonies live in peace.

In a vast collection of underground tunnels and chambers, these ant colonies live a fruitful existence. Together, they are all part of one of the largest animal societal gatherings on Earth.

Ant colonies of this size however, with this many different kinds, are usually prone to frequent warring of each other.

So why and how do the ant colonies in the Swiss Jura Mountains uphold a peace towards each other?

It goes against common ant evolution and “breaks” the normal ant natural laws we know of.

David Attenborough and his film crew seeks to understand the life and empire of the ants, digging tirelessly through the years’ four seasons to gather the answers.

Find the answers together with David in Natural World’s documentary film Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants.

Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants
  • Info
  • Release date2017
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Joe Loncraine
  • Part of the seriesNatural World