Termites: The Inner Sanctum

They are the world’s most brilliant architects: termites. Adjusting for the size of their builders, termite mounds are up to 25 times higher than the Empire State Building in New York.

Inside their inner sanctums they include a sophisticated ventilation system, larvae breeding areas, and fungus gardens to ensure a steady food supply.

Above all, a termite mound has to accommodate free and constant traffic for its busy inhabitants, and so they are filled with highway-like corridors.

They are the only animals that have managed to build an air-conditioning system without electricity. Their nests are architectural masterpieces that rise up to eight meters from the ground and dispose brood chambers for larvae, corridors for transportation, fungal gardens for nutrition and even emergency exits for hostile attacks. But how do these amazing and often misunderstood insects do it?

This new and exclusive one-off takes us along a journey into another world to visit the skilfully-built termite mounds and experience dramatic and exciting stories in the life of a termite-colony via state-of-the-art macro film technology.

Filmed in the US, Kenya and Borneo, Termites: The Inner Sanctum is a rare peek into a busy and astonishing world.

Termites: The Inner Sanctum
  • Info
  • Release date2011
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Wolfgang Thaler
  • Part of the seriesThe Secrets of Nature
  • Production companyAdi Mayer Film