About the episode
An individual’s life journey interweaves with many others. Those who are successful know when to fight or back down, when to cooperate or to go it alone and how to manipulate and deceive.
A honeypot ant queen allies with other queens to build an army, but when the job is done all but one royal will be eliminated by the army they have created. For a juvenile bald eagle, power – or the lack of it – could mean starvation.
While a young meerkat’s spectacular altercation with a cobra will influence his standing in the clan. A male chimpanzee’s existence is one long battle for power; one false move can undo a lifetime of struggle.
Power is the ultimate prize: animals will use any means to rise through the ranks and win the game of life.
This episode was first broadcast on Thursday 13th November 2014 on BBC One.