Spirits of the Ice Forest is the fifth and penultimate episode, in the Walking With Dinosaurs series. The filming locations were filmed in New Zealand.


Spirits of the ice forest
106,000,000 BC - Middle Cretaceous - Australia/Antarctica

The episode focuses upon a clan of Leaellynasaura as they struggle to survive in the south polar region over the course of a year. The small ornithopods are seen building nests, rearing their young, avoiding predators and defending their territory against a rival clan. During the long polar winter, they use their large eyes to forage in perpetual darkness. Other animals include migratory herds of Muttaburrasaurus, the giant amphibian Koolasuchus and predatory polar allosaurs, one of which ambushes and kills the matriarch (lead female) of the Leaellynasaura colony. Over the winter they almost freeze to death, but, using their special adaptations, they manage to survive to the coming of spring.


Filming Locations Edit

This episode was shot entirely in New Zealand, filmed at Whirinaki Rainforest in Te Urewera National Park, New Zealand. The river scenes were shot on the southern parts of the Poeura River, Harihari, New Zealand.

See AlsoEdit

Spirits of the Ice Forest Media