In the animal kingdom, there is a challenge that unites all animal life on Earth - one that allows them to pass on their genes to the next generation and continue life’s precious cycle. It is nature’s ultimate quest – the pursuit of a mate. With narration by Sir David Attenborough, the all-new five-part landmark series, THE MATING GAME, explores the most intimate details of life from every corner of the globe to reveal how animals overcome the challenges of their worlds to reproduce and leave a lasting legacy. THE MATING GAME launches Sunday, November 21 on discovery+ with the first two episodes, followed by new episodes dropping weekly.
Keep reading for 5 animal love stories you’ll witness in the series.
1. Great Argus Pheasant
This will be the first time the courtship rituals of the Great Argus Pheasant, a bird renowned among naturalists, are caught on camera. The bird has an extremely reclusive nature, but introverts deserve love too!
2. Rare Tree Frog
Prepare for an extremely rare tree frog breeding event captured in a remote patch of virgin rainforest in French Guiana on Christmas Day. It's a holiday miracle!
3. Digger Bees
You'll witness the fascinating and somewhat tender courtship behavior between digger bees in the Sonoran Desert. This includes everything from a ‘bee brawl’ to a delicate tasting of each others' scents.
In the Serengeti, a violent game is played when a Zebra stallion must defend his mares in a herd 30,000 strong. May the best stallion win!
5. African Giant Bullfrogs
Rains in South Africa trigger intense clashes between an army of African Giant Bullfrogs. Will the storms make way for turbulent romance?
For all who choose to play THE MATING GAME, they’ll need to flaunt what they got for a chance at seducing a mate and securing a lasting legacy. Navigating the mating season can be daunting for many eligible animals – this is nature like you’ve never seen and these animals are ready to get it on.