Watch: Discovery Channel's Take on Africa

The Root Recommends: A new TV series providing a macro view of the continent's natural splendors.

Screenshot from the Africa trailer

(The Root) -- The same documentary team that brought you Life, the Discovery Channel's natural-history series, is back with a seven-part series called Africa, which exposes the continent's never-before-filmed species (such as a shoebill chick) and their behaviors, as well as its well-hidden natural wonders.

The project, which was co-produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel over four years, captures images from all over the African continent. The production team shot more than 2,000 hours of footage. Viewers will witness what is believed to be one of the last gatherings of rhinoceroses on earth, lizards that sleep on lions' backs to hunt for flies in the Serengeti and a young chimp in Congo who cleverly uses tools to hunt for honey.

Africa is set to premiere on the Discovery Channel on Jan. 8, 2013, at 10 p.m. ET. Check out the trailer below:

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