The BBC Wildlife Specials are a series of nature documentary programmes commissioned by BBC Television. The Wildlife Specials began with a pilot episode in 1995. A further 15 programmes were made over the next decade, and more recently the format has been expanded into two short series. The earlier programmes were produced in-house by the BBC's specialist Natural History Unit. Each Wildlife Special is narrated by David Attenborough and features one of the most high-profile animals of the natural world.