In Europe’s mountain ranges, wildlife has shared its habitat with humans for centuries. In the Italian mountain village of Abruzzo and the deep forests surrounding it, we get to see wolves through thermal imaging cameras. Wolves are Europe’s most elusive predators. Travelling for many miles a night, they search for prey close to the villages. Stalking deer across the mountainside, they can use the roads to their advantage by approaching more silently.
During their hunt, the pack single out deer to follow, and whilst the deer can run faster on open ground, the wolves are nimbler within the woodland. Once their prey is separated, they chase it down the mountain where it is more likely to stumble. Once it does, they catch their meal.
Europe has some of the most adaptable animals, found in the towns and cities. Gibraltar, on the southern tip of the continent, is home to Europe’s only monkeys, the Barbary macaques. Each troop has a strict hierarchy and as we follow a low-ranking, first-time mother and her baby, her place within the group is very clear, living on the fringes of the troop. When her baby is stolen by one of the higher-ranking childless macaques, she goes on a quest to get him back. After dangerous chasing among the cable-car wires, jealousy through grooming leads to the baby and the low-ranking mother being reunited.