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The fifth episode of BBC America’s new series, “Dynasties,” follows a colony of several thousand emperor penguins as they brave the elements to breed and raise their young during Antarctica’s ruthless winter. Catch the episode this Saturday, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST on BBC America. Viewers can still watch the first episode, “Lion,” online for free.

Credit: Stefan Christmann/BBC America

Credit: Stefan Christmann/BBC America

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Credit: Stefan Christmann/BBC America

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Thousands of papa penguins huddle together for warmth during a severe winter storm. Once the female lays her egg, she leaves the egg with her male partner so she can go fishing. The male is left behind to keep himself and his egg warm and safe for several weeks during the dead of winter. [Read more about how emperor penguin dads keep their eggs from freezing]

Credit: Stefan Christmann/BBC America

Credit: Stefan Christmann/BBC America

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Credit: Stefan Christmann/BBC America

Credit: Stefan Christmann/BBC America

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