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It is a place of great extremes, yet filled with living things and secret corners. The Emmy Award winning film is an intimate portrait of the desert; a celebration of wilderness and of life. This preview shows some wonderful footage of Anza Borrego Desert State Park and some of its inhabitants.
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The park's most famous cave, Carlsbad Cavern, is over 1,000 feet deep, contains 30 miles of mapped passages and the largest underground chamber in the U.S. View formations of stalagmites, stalactites, and columns as well as the evening flight of Mexican free-tailed bats from the entrance of the Cavern.
The ubiquitous coyote originally ranged primarily in the southwest corner of the US, but it has adapted readily to the changes caused by human occupation and, in the past 200 years, has been steadily extending its range.
The honeybee begins its life as a pinhead-sized egg, one of 1500 to 2000 laid by the queen of the hive during the course of a typical late-winter or early-spring day. It and its siblings each occupy private, adjoining, six-sided cells that, collectively, serve as the nursery and the honeycomb of the hive