For animals all around the world, their first year is one of the most difficult, and most dangerous.

To survive, they must overcome daily threats and challenges from rivals, the elements and predators. In this series, three wildlife camera operators will follow our planet’s most iconic animals as they grow and develop, day by day. This is the story of what it takes to survive in the wild. This is their first year on earth.

The first three critical months are when our animal babies have to rapidly get to grips with their new family and the challenges of environment that surrounds them. In Kenya, a new-born elephant calf Safina must keep up with her fast moving herd, while in Uganda, an eight-week-old mountain gorilla has to cling on tight to survive the ups and downs of forest life. All six babies must learn the most basic of skills to thrive – and for some animals, to even survive.

This is the first episode of a 3-part which begins Wednesday 24th July 9pm on BBC Two