Consistently stunning documentaries transport viewers to far-flung locations ranging from the torrid African plains to the chilly splendours of icy Antarctica. The show's primary focus is on animals and ecosystems around the world. A comic book based on the show, meant to be used an as educational tool for kids, was briefly distributed to museums and schools at no cost in the mid-2000s.Nature has one or more episodes streaming with subscription on Netflix, streaming with subscription on Prime Video, free on PBS, and 3 others. It's a documentary and family show with 579 episodes over 37 seasons. Nature has a new episode airing on April 10th, 2019 (PDT). It has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.5 (51 votes).
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S01 E01Oct 11, 1982
The Flight of the Condor (1) Oct 11, 1982 Following the path of the condor, whose ten-foot wingspan enables it to soar effortlessly over the peaks of the Andes mountains, this film starts at the storm beaten rocks of Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America and journeys north to the highest peak in the Americas - Aconcagua. Along the way, we see exotic animals and birds such as the penguin, hummingbird, sea otter, guanaco, ostrich-like rhea, and puma.
S01 E02Oct 18, 1982
The Flight of the Condor (2) Oct 18, 1982 While the cold waters of the Pacific Coast of South America are among the richest in the world, the shore is the driest desert in the world. Yet it is not at all devoid of life. Lizards snatch morsels from the waves, and seagulls fly 40 miles into the desert to nest. The condor searches for carrion and vampire bats feed on the blood of sleeping sea lions. This is a beautiful portrait of a giant land.
S01 E03Oct 25, 1982
The Flight of the Condor (3) Oct 25, 1982 The third part of the series is a spectacular visual trip down the fabled river. From the snow-clad summit of the volcano Cotopaxi and others comes the greatest river in the world as melting ice creates a torrent that drops three miles in its first short distance. The river is fed by magnificent waterfalls and is channeled through gorges out into the tropical rain forest where there are more species of birds than anywhere.
S01 E04Nov 1, 1982
Amate: The Great Fig Tree Nov 1, 1982
S01 E05Nov 8, 1982
Kopje: A Rock for All Seasons Nov 8, 1982
S01 E06Nov 15, 1982
On the Edge of Paradise Nov 15, 1982
S01 E07Nov 22, 1982
Forest in the Clouds Nov 22, 1982
S02 E01Oct 10, 1983
Forest in the Sea Oct 10, 1983 The vast areas of kelp growing on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean provide a vital food source for countless creatures.
S02 E02Oct 17, 1983
Fungi: The Rotten World About Us Oct 17, 1983 As an agent of decay, fungi performs a function essential to life on earth.
S02 E03Oct 24, 1983
Acacia: Tree of Thorns Oct 24, 1983 A great variety of wildlife species live in and around the thorny acacia trees on the African plains.
S02 E04Nov 7, 1983
On the Tracks of the Wild Otter Nov 7, 1983 Wildlife photographer Hugh Miles finds an opportunity to film a female otter on one of the remote Shetland islands.
S02 E05Nov 14, 1983
Secret Weapons Nov 14, 1983 Insects such as the beetle, firefly and moth make use of their natural chemicals as weapons against their enemies.
S02 E06Dec 19, 1983
Voices in the Forest Dec 19, 1983 The time-honored and ritualistic relationship of the highland peoples of Papua, New Guinea, to the birds of paradise is examined.
S02 E07Feb 6, 1984
Osprey Feb 6, 1984 A look at this large bird’s life cycle, from hatching in the Scottish highlands through migration to Africa and its annual return to Scotland.
S03 E01Oct 1, 1984
Krakatoa: The Day that Shook the World Oct 1, 1984 An examination of the Indonesian volcanic island Krakatoa, focusing on the global effects of the disastrous 1883 eruption that was heard 3,000 miles away and killed 36,000 people.
S03 E02Oct 8, 1984
Treasures of the Gulf Oct 8, 1984 How the war between Iran and Iraq is threatening the fragile ecology of the Persian Gulf.
S03 E03Oct 15, 1984
Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind Oct 15, 1984 How various species of plant life lure insects and animals to effect the pollination process.
S03 E04Oct 22, 1984
Fragments of Eden Oct 22, 1984 Explores the varieties of plant and animal life found in the Seychelles, a 90-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, described in 1609 as “an earthly paradise”.
S03 E05Oct 29, 1984
The Face of the Deep Oct 29, 1984 Examines the variety of plants and animals living in the Sargasso Sea, a gigantic floating bed of seaweed near Bermuda.
S03 E06Nov 12, 1984
Yellowstone in Winter Nov 12, 1984 Natural history photographer Wolfgang Bayer documents a winter spent in Yellowstone National Park.
S03 E07Dec 3, 1984
Winter Days Dec 3, 1984 Describes how wildlife copes with the challenge of cold weather by storing food building layers of fat, hibernating or merely fleeing for a warmer climate
S04 E01Oct 21, 1985
And Then the Rains Came Oct 21, 1985 Torrential rains flood Kenya’s Tsavo Plain triggering a cycle of animal and plant regeneration that flowers in the short period before the next drought.
S04 E02Oct 28, 1985
Battle of the Leaves Oct 28, 1985 How plants and their leaves adapt to different climates, predatory animals and man.
S04 E03Nov 4, 1985
The Ganges Gharial Nov 4, 1985 A five-year chronicle of India’s endangered gharial crocodile.
S04 E04Nov 11, 1985
One Man’s Island Nov 11, 1985 The year-long sojourn of artist and naturalist Keith Brockie on Scotland's Isle of May is captured on film.
S04 E05Nov 18, 1985
Selva Verde: The Green Jungle Nov 18, 1985 An exploration of the ecosystem of Central America's rain forest.
S04 E06Nov 25, 1985
The Plant Hunters Nov 25, 1985 An exploration of the scientific research into the nutritional, medicinal and economic value of plants.
S04 E07Dec 16, 1985
Kalahari: Wilderness Without Water Dec 16, 1985 An examination of the diverse plants and animals that have adapted to the harsh environment of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.
S05 E01Oct 20, 1986
Alyeska: The Great Land Oct 20, 1986 Examines how the plants and animals of Alaska’s Alyeska wilderness have adapted to the regions harsh climate.
S05 E02Oct 27, 1986
Baja Lagoon Oct 27, 1986 An examination of the plants and animals that make their home in a shallow lagoon found on the Western coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
S05 E03Nov 3, 1986
Galapagos: How They Got There (1) Nov 3, 1986 This exploration of the Galapagos Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean West of Ecuador, examines theories explaining the arrival of wildlife to the archipelago.
S05 E04Nov 10, 1986
Galapagos: Cold on the Equator (2) Nov 10, 1986 Marine iguanas, cormorants, green turtles, sea lions, and sperm whales are among the animals that thrive in the cold waters surrounding the equatorially located Galapagos Islands.
S05 E05Nov 17, 1986
Galapagos: The Ocean Travelers (3) Nov 17, 1986 A look at the Galapagos Islands’ many birds, include the waved albatross, blue-footed booby, frigate bird and the ground finch; also, man’s relationship with the islands’ changing environment.
S05 E06Nov 24, 1986
Pantanal: Prairie of the Great Waters Nov 24, 1986 A look at how the Pantanal's wildlife species cope with the annual cycle of flood and drought which transforms the marshy prairie from a dry savannah into the world's largest freshwater wetland – a 36,000 square-mile area that encompasses Southwestern Brazil and parts of Bolivia and Paraguay.
S05 E07Dec 8, 1986
Cats Dec 8, 1986 An examination of the behavior of man’s feline friends.
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S06 E01Sep 21, 1987
The Flowing Oasis Sep 21, 1987 Wildlife flourishes in Nevada's desert landscape because of one narrow river covering less than 1% of the land.
S06 E02Sep 28, 1987
Amazonia: A Burning Question Sep 28, 1987 Attempts to protect the unique animals and plants of Brazil threatened by development of the Amazon jungle.
S06 E03Oct 5, 1987
Spirits of the Forest Oct 5, 1987 The lemur, an agile nocturnal primate of Madagascar, so-named because of its secretive habits and haunting cries.
S06 E04Oct 19, 1987
Perspectives of Paradise Oct 19, 1987 The process of wildlife filmmaking as chronicled by a crew during their three-year study of the Galapagos Islands.
S06 E05Nov 16, 1987
A Season in the Sun Nov 16, 1987 The tremendous difference in animal lifestyle and in landscape during East Africa's dry season and its wet season.
S06 E06Nov 23, 1987
The Legend of the Lightning Bird Nov 23, 1987 The hammerhead stork, believed by East African tribesmen to have the power to call lightning from the sky.
S06 E07Nov 30, 1987
The Volcano Watchers Nov 30, 1987 Scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft seek to uncover the mystery of volcanoes by studying them on location as they erupt.
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S07 E01Oct 10, 1988
Bonebreakers' Mountain Oct 10, 1988 An exploration of the Spanish Pyrenees mountains and the bearded "bonebreaker" vulture that lives in this harsh environment.
S07 E02Oct 17, 1988
Extremadura: Spain's Forgotten Forest Oct 17, 1988 Explores Spain's Extremadura, an oak forest and wilderness plain, home to griffin vultures, imperial eagles, genets and other animals native to Africa.
S07 E03Oct 31, 1988
Peacock's War Oct 31, 1988 Former Vietnam medic Doug Peacock lives as a firewatcher and conservationist in Montana's Glacier National Park.
S07 E04Nov 14, 1988
Nature of Australia, A Separate Creation Nov 14, 1988 Examines marsupials and others animals which have evolved because of Australia's isolation from the rest of the world.
S07 E05Nov 21, 1988
Nature of Australia: a Portrait of the Island Continent: Seas Under Capricorn Nov 21, 1988 Two distinct marine worlds meet in the waters that encircle Australia. In its long voyage into isolation following its breakaway from Gondwana, 45 million years ago, the island continent came to span both tropical and temperate seas. Today its shores are ringed by the most diverse assemblies of marine life on earth.This program recounts the making of this unique Australia down under, from the storm tossed kelp forests of the cool south, to the magic splendours of the Great Barrier Reef.The program begins its story where Australia was born, in the southern latitudes of the Antarctic seas. Antarctica is the last remnant of Gondwana - it froze over after the other continents broke away, but its cool rich waters still generate a wealth of nutrients which, carried by the deep currents, sustain Australia's marine life.
S07 E06Nov 28, 1988
Nature of Australia: a Portrait of the Island Continent: the Making of the Bush Nov 28, 1988 A koala up a gumtree is the classic image of the Australian bush. How that odd partnership evolved is one of the strands woven into this episode of Nature Of Australia.The program tells the story of how the island continent's wooded margins came to be dominated by one unique type of tree growing in a great variety of forms - the eucalypt.The nursery for nearly all life in Australia is the rainforest, of which only a few patches remain today - th last remnants of vast, dense forests that covered Australia when it first broke away from the ancestral super-continent of Gondwana, and voyaged north into isolation.From among its proliferation of plants emerged the eucalypts, the characteristic gum trees - and from among the forest animals arose a great and varied company of marsupials, adapting to every kind of environment that evolved in response to Australia's changing, drying climate.
S07 E07Dec 5, 1988
Nature of Australia: a Portrait of the Island Continent: the Sunburnt Country Dec 5, 1988 Australia's arid interior is often called the dead heart. In fact, it teems with life, supported by a hidden network of buried rivers recharged by rare but heavy rains.Australia's arid interior is often called the dead heart. In fact, it teems with life, supported by a hidden network of buried rivers recharged by rare but heavy rains.This episode tells the story of this surprising desert - formed when the climatic change overtook and dried out central Australia. What was once a land of vast lakes and broad rivers turned into a parched region of glittering stone and burning sand, interwoven with swathes of hardy woodland and plains of desert grass. A great variety of plants and animals has adapted to life in the arid centre, with its swings between the brief good condition that follow the unpredictable rains, and then long periods of drought.It's the land of the lizards - from giant goannas that sniff out snakes hiding under the sand, to the tiny, delicate Lake Eyre dragons who've made the desolate saltpans their domain.
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S08 E01Oct 9, 1989
The Great Rift: Footprints in the Valley (1) Oct 9, 1989 The area's evolutionary roots opens this look at the African valley.
S08 E02Oct 16, 1989
The Great Rift: Out of the Ashes (2) Oct 16, 1989 The wildlife that lives on the Great Rift's ash plains.
S08 E03Oct 23, 1989
The Great Rift: Breaking the Continent (3) Oct 23, 1989 Examines the Red Sea, the island of Madagascar and East Africa.
S08 E04Oct 30, 1989
Under the Ice Oct 30, 1989 Soft coral, sponges, tubeworms, anemones and giant cod adapt to life in Antarctica's subzero waters.
S08 E05Nov 13, 1989
Land of Dragons Nov 13, 1989 Profiles the wildlife living within the British crown colony of Hong Kong
S08 E06Nov 20, 1989
The Great Wood of Caledon Nov 20, 1989 An exploration of the Caledonian forest in Scotland, Britain's largest remaining area of ancient woodland.
S08 E07Dec 11, 1989
Gorillas Dec 11, 1989 A portrait of the endangered mountain gorilla in equatorial Africa.
S09 E01Oct 1, 1990
Seasons in the Sea Oct 1, 1990 Sharks, rays, squids and blue whales live in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.
S09 E02Oct 8, 1990
Monkeys on the Edge Oct 8, 1990 Three species of monkeys, the muriqui, the golden lion tamarin and the buffy-headed marmoset struggle for survival in Brazil's coastal Atlantic Forest.
S09 E03Oct 15, 1990
Scandinavia: Land of the Midnight Sun (1) Oct 15, 1990 A look at how Norway and Sweden are affected by eight months of winter.
S09 E04Oct 22, 1990
Scandinavia: Fresh Waters, Salt Seas (2) Oct 22, 1990 A look at the Swedish archipelago and Norway's fjords.
S09 E05Nov 12, 1990
The Sisterhood Nov 12, 1990 Africa's spotted hyena is a matriarch dominated, efficient predator.
S09 E06Nov 19, 1990
Supersense: Sight and Sound (1) Nov 19, 1990 Sight and sound are experienced through animal eyes and ears.
S09 E07Nov 26, 1990
Supersense: Super Scents and Beyond (2) Nov 26, 1990 Enhanced olfactory sensitivity; unique animal senses.
S10 E01Sep 29, 1991
From the Heart of the World: the Elder Brothers' Warning Sep 29, 1991 This program features the Kogi tribe who live in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Columbia. They are pre-Columbian peoples, and consider themselves as the elder brothers of humankind. They insist that it is the modern world, the younger brothers, who are destroying the harmony of life on earth.
S10 E02Oct 14, 1991
Vietnam: a Country, Not a War Oct 14, 1991 Vietnam's wildlife is reappearing after the great losses suffered during the war.
S10 E03Nov 4, 1991
Kali the Lion Nov 4, 1991 Simon King films a lioness and her pride during winter on Africa's Serengeti plain.
S10 E04Nov 18, 1991
Madagascar: Island of Ghosts Nov 18, 1991 A look at the environmental crisis on Madagascar and new conservation efforts being made.
S10 E05Nov 25, 1991
Land of the Eagle: the Great Encounter (1) Nov 25, 1991 This first episode in the miniseries explores the European discovery and settlement of the New World. Two views are presented, that of the colonists struggles to survive in their new and unfamiliar setting, as well as the Native Americans success within the same environment.
S10 E06Nov 25, 1991
Land of the Eagle: Confronting the Wilderness (2) Nov 25, 1991 A look at the colonization of Canada and the fur trade.
S10 E07Nov 26, 1991
Land of the Eagle: Conquering Swamps (3) Nov 26, 1991 A focus on the prospect of gold in the new world, and the Spanish exploration of Florida in search of that alluring metal.
S11 E01Oct 6, 1992
Realms of the Russian Bear: Green Jewel of the Caspian (1) Oct 6, 1992 This miniseries starts off by exploring the abundance of wildlife around the Volga Delta in Russia’s Astrakhan region.
S11 E02Oct 6, 1992
Realms of the Russian Bear: the Arctic Frontier (2) Oct 6, 1992 An exploration of the wildlife of the Russian Arctic, and in particular Wrangle Island, featuring polar bears, musk oxen, Ross’s Gulls, reindeer, foxes, walruses, and the Red-breasted Goose.
S11 E03Oct 7, 1992
Realms of the Russian Bear: the Red Deserts (3) Oct 7, 1992 A focus on the wildlife of the Central Asian deserts.
S11 E04Oct 7, 1992
Realms of the Russian Bear: the Celestial Mountains (4) Oct 7, 1992 Between China and Central Asia is the Tian Shan mountain range, home to Marco Polo sheep, white-clawed bears, snow leopards, yaks, and the ibex.
S11 E05Oct 8, 1992
Realms of the Russian Bear: Siberia, the Frozen Forest (5) Oct 8, 1992 A look at the wildlife in the huge Siberia forest reveals bears, elk, wolves, and musk deer among many other creatures in this frozen expanse.
S11 E06Oct 8, 1992
Realms of the Russian Bear: Born of Fire (6) Oct 8, 1992 This last program in the miniseries explores Kamchatka Peninsula where the Russian Arctic meets Southeast Asia. Home to perhaps the highest concentration of volcanoes in the world, this remote region is teeming with life both on land and in the sea, from the Amur Tiger to the Giant Pacific Octopus.
S11 E07Oct 19, 1992
Shadows in a Desert Sea Oct 19, 1992 Fish, bats, birds, whales, giant squids, sharks, dolphins, sea lions and more flourish in and around the Sea of Cortez.
S12 E01Oct 4, 1993
In the Company of Wolves with Timothy Dalton Oct 4, 1993 Timothy Dalton searches for wolf habitats in North America to learn more about the animal
S12 E02Oct 11, 1993
Treasure of the Andes Oct 11, 1993 The history of llamas, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos in South America.
S12 E03Nov 8, 1993
Echoes from the Ice Nov 8, 1993 The two-hundred-foot walls of ice in Glacier Bay overwhelm the senses, but they also surround the most beautiful sights Alaska has to offer — the Northern Lights, the roaming grizzly bears, and the humpback whales. The glacier itself is also creating new life — it has retreated some 70 miles up the bay, wiping the ecological slate clean, allowing new plants and animals to start again from scratch.
S12 E04Nov 23, 1993
The Nature of Sex: the Primal Instinct (1) Nov 23, 1993 This program looks at the varied ways in which life reproduces. Whether a species has one sex, two sexes, both at once or none at all, the urge to procreate is there.
S12 E05Nov 23, 1993
The Nature of Sex: a Time and a Place (2) Nov 23, 1993 Explores the various influences on mating and courtship, from the sun, the moon and the change of seasons, to the specific behaviors within species.
S12 E06Nov 24, 1993
The Nature of Sex: The Sex Contract (3) Nov 24, 1993 Explores the selection process among different species for choosing a mate, whether it’s for life or just for the day.
S12 E07Nov 24, 1993
The Nature of Sex: Sex and the Human Animal (4) Nov 24, 1993 An investigation into the origins of human sexuality and sexual roles.
S13 E01Oct 3, 1994
In the Lion's Den with Anthony Hopkins Oct 3, 1994 Following Anthony Hopkins to Tanzania to study lions. Included: an encounter with Masai warriors; the lioness's role in the hunt; footage of zebras and wildebeests.
S13 E02Oct 10, 1994
Tigers Oct 10, 1994 This installment of PBS's multi-award winning Nature series delves into the life and history of the highly endangered giant panda. Nature: Pandas of the Sleeping Dragon studies the habits and habitats of the giant panda throughout China's Sleeping Dragon Mountains.
S13 E03Nov 7, 1994
Warts and All Nov 7, 1994 "Warts and All" follows three generations of a wart-hog family over the course of a year. Observed: attacks by hyenas, leopards and flamingos; how wart-hog males fend for themselves from an early age.
S13 E04Nov 21, 1994
Nomads of the Wind: The Faraway Heaven (1) Nov 21, 1994 The first programme in a five part series that combines wildlife footage with drama and documentary in exploring the fundamental relationship between man and nature across the Pacific Ocean. Explores the islands of Tahiti and Marquesas, which were settled some 2000 years ago by Polynesian seafarers.
S13 E05Nov 21, 1994
Nomads of the Wind: Crossroads of the Pacific (2) Nov 21, 1994
S13 E06Nov 22, 1994
Nomads of the Wind: Burning Their Boats (3) Nov 22, 1994
S13 E07Nov 22, 1994
Nomads of the Wind: Distant Horizons (4) Nov 22, 1994
S14 E01Oct 9, 1995
Jaguar: Year of the Cat Oct 9, 1995 "Jaguar: Year of the Cat" follows the predator in its native rain forests of Belize. Included: a pair stalk turtles, peccaries and armadillos; scenes of the habits of their animal neighbors, including toucans and ocelots.
S14 E02Oct 16, 1995
Incredible Suckers Oct 16, 1995 NATURE takes you into the depths of the ocean to discover the most remarkable life still undiscovered on our planet that will certainly be found in the sea.
S14 E03Nov 6, 1995
Monkey in the Mirror Nov 6, 1995 Considering the similarities between simian and human intelligence. Included: a chimpanzee demonstrating a sense of self, as he recognizes his own reflection; how certain chimps can use tools; a chimp species that has recreational sex.
S14 E04Dec 4, 1995
The World of Penguins Dec 4, 1995 Travel to "The World of Penguins” to discover the great variety of these aquatic birds.
S14 E05Dec 18, 1995
Castaways of Sulawesi Dec 18, 1995 Exploring the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, formed when Asia and Australia separated, which combines elements of both continents. Included: crested black macaques; a reticulated python; the babirusa ("pig-deer"); red-knobbed hornbills; fruit bats.
S14 E06Jan 15, 1996
Hunters of the Sea Wind Jan 15, 1996 Following the "Hunters of the Sea Wind," predators that stalk a Pacific current for the thousands of fish it carries. Included: dolphins; yellowfin tuna; blue marlins; lantern fish; and sailfish. Also: tuna fishermen releasing dolphins from their nets.
S14 E07Feb 5, 1996
Parrots: Look Who's Talking Feb 5, 1996 A look at parrots, birds with a playful nature and remarkable mimicry skills that have endeared them to pet owners worldwide. Included: the largest parrot species, the hyacinth macaw; scarlet macaws, white cockatoos and monk parakeets.
S15 E01Oct 14, 1996
Sperm Whales: the Real Moby Dick Oct 14, 1996 In the NATURE program SPERM WHALES: THE REAL MOBY DICK, the efforts of Jonathan Gordon and other researchers to study the whales' physicality, modes of communication, and social interactions contribute to our understanding of the underwater world.
S15 E02Oct 21, 1996
The Crater Lions Oct 21, 1996 Charting the declining fortunes of a pride of "Crater Lions" that lives in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater. Included: lion attacks on buffaloes; a young cub's encounter with jackals; efforts to repopulate the pride; wildebeests, elephants
S15 E03Nov 11, 1996
Mask of the Mandrill Nov 11, 1996 Delving into the mysteries of the colorful monkeys called mandrills, as a troupe of the creatures are followed through the West African rainforests. Included: the travails of a lead male fighting off a rival; the females' role as group leaders; hammerhead bats and river martins.
S15 E04Nov 18, 1996
The Joy of Pigs Nov 18, 1996 Exploring pigs, described by host George Page as “the world's most cosmopolitan characters,” with a focus on their adaptability to a variety of environments. Included: pigs as pets; hunters stalking a “bearded” pig in Borneo.
S15 E05Dec 9, 1996
Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation Dec 9, 1996 Following a family of elephants in Kenya's Amboseli National Park. Included: the family's matriarch giving birth, rescuing her kidnapped daughter and chasing away hyenas. Also: male and female mating rituals.
S15 E06Jan 13, 1997
Wolves and Buffalo: The Last Frontier Jan 13, 1997 Observing wild buffaloes and gray wolves in the Canadian wilderness. Jeff and Sue Turner spent two years filming the ritual battles between these ancient adversaries in Wood Buffalo National Park, where the drama unfolds in the subarctic winter.
S15 E07Feb 17, 1997
The Elephant Men Feb 17, 1997 Profiling the mahouts of southern India, who are skilled in the art of training wild elephants. Included: a journey north to stop herds of marauding elephants that are destroying villagers' crops and taking lives.
S16 E01Oct 13, 1997
Toothwalkers: Giants of the Arctic Ice Oct 13, 1997 TOOTHWALKERS presents extremely rare under-the-ice footage that reveals a complex and potentially dangerous side to this huge and often mysterious mammal.
S16 E02Oct 20, 1997
Grand Canyon Oct 20, 1997 An unforgettable view. To see the Grand Canyon for the first time is an experience few people will forget. The canyon vista — with its incomprehensible size, deep color, and rich display of rock layers — is unmatched by any natural display on Earth. But while the rock formations may seem arid and lifeless, the Grand Canyon is home to an astounding variety of creatures. In its mile-deep plunge, the Grand Canyon’s terrain ranges from conifer forest to desert, with river niches in between.
S16 E03Nov 10, 1997
Animal Attractions: Amazing Tales from the San Diego Zoo Nov 10, 1997 The birth of a baby gorilla, the flight to freedom of a California condor, and a panda's attempt at seduction are among the stories from the San Diego Zoo. Included: a black rhino's birth; the construction of a polar-bear habitat; preparing zoo meals.
S16 E04Nov 17, 1997
The Elephants of Africa Nov 17, 1997 Studying elephants' ability to adapt to varied environments. Included: researchers probe the myth of the pygmy elephant of the rain forest, and follow forest elephants that live in small family units in central Africa.
S16 E05Dec 8, 1997
Orangutans: Just Hangin' On Dec 8, 1997 Examining efforts to save orangutans from extinction at a rehabilitation center in Borneo, where the apes are later released into the wild. Also: footage of an orangutan birth; a study in which apes learn communication with humans.
S16 E06Jan 19, 1998
Yellowstone Otters Jan 19, 1998 Exploring otters as they frolic at Yellowstone Lake, a powerhouse of geothermal activity, where the warmth beneath the rocks sustains life, even in winter. Also seen: bald eagles performing an airborne bonding ritual.
S16 E07Feb 2, 1998
Gremlins: Faces in the Forest Feb 2, 1998 Filmmakers explore a region of the Brazilian rain forest to find three species of marmoset, the smallest monkey in the world. There, they find a fourth species previously known only to the Satare Maues Indians, who believe marmosets are reincarnations of their own children.
S17 E01Oct 12, 1998
Great White Bear Oct 12, 1998 The polar bear rules the north. To the hardy native people who settled the harsh lands of the Arctic, the powerful hunter with the ghostly white coat is known as the “lonely roamer.” But most of us know the huge mammal as the polar bear. And the story of how the world’s largest land predator prospers in one of Earth’s harshest environments is the subject of the NATURE program Great White Bear.
S17 E02Oct 19, 1998
The Secret World of Sharks and Rays Oct 19, 1998 NATURE lifts part of the veil of mystery shrouding some fascinating — and often fearsome — creatures in The Secret World of Sharks and Rays.Sharks and their biological cousins, the rays, are among the highest-profile denizens of the deep, thanks to the popularity of books and films that have cast them in leading roles — as antagonist, not protagonist.
S17 E03Nov 2, 1998
American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation Nov 2, 1998 The NATURE program American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation tells the sad story of how the buffalo nation was destroyed nearly a century ago by greed and uncontrolled hunting — and how a few visionaries are working today to rebuild the once-great bison herds. It offers a remarkable portrait of America’s last significant wild bison herd, made up of a few thousand animals living within Montana’s Yellowstone National Park. And it highlights the efforts of Native American leaders dedicated to bringing back the animal that once gave life to their tribes. “Buffalo have to be there for our culture to exist,” says Fred DuBray, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe who appears in American Buffalo. “As we bring our herds back to health, we will also bring our people back to health.”
S17 E04Nov 16, 1998
India, Land of the Tiger: Tiger's Domain Nov 16, 1998 "India: Land of the Tiger" begins a six-part journey, led by wildlife expert Valmik Thapar, through the land of Kipling's "Jungle Book." "The Tiger's Domain" opens the series, and tracks tigers, Asiatic lions, monkeys, jackals, sloth bears and cobras. Also: a ceremonial snake festival.
S17 E05Nov 16, 1998
India, Land of the Tiger: Sacred Waters Nov 16, 1998 Part 2 of "India: Land of the Tiger" follows the sacred waters of the Ganges River, whose grasslands are home to rhino, wild buffalo, elephants, tigers and a cacophony of birds. Also explored: the mangrove-rich Sunderbans Delta, where the tiger is worshipped as a god.
S17 E06Nov 17, 1998
India, Land of the Tiger: Unknown Seas Nov 17, 1998 Part 3 of "India: Land of the Tiger" explores the vast expanses of unknown seas, from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal. Included: elephants swimming from island to island; whale sharks; coral reefs; convict fish; and the voracious Bombay duck.
S17 E07Nov 17, 1998
India, Land of the Tiger: Desert Kingdom Nov 17, 1998 Part 4 of "India: Land of the Tiger" travels to the harsh northwest "Desert Kingdom," home to stately black bucks, Indian gazelles, wild ass, lynx-like caracal, monkeys that live among the people, and vultures that feed on carcasses of dead livestock.
S18 E01Oct 25, 1999
Antarctica: The End of the Earth (1) Oct 25, 1999 Documentary that explores Antarctica's weather phenomena, its rugged and adaptable wildlife and the powerful dynamics of its ever-changing icecap. Part 1 discusses the effects of the katabatic -- the relentless wind that sweeps over the Antarctic landscape, often at speeds of more than 100 mile per hour, re-sculpting the topography of the continent and affecting the climate of the entire southern hemisphere.
S18 E02Nov 1, 1999
Antarctica: The End of the Earth (2) Nov 1, 1999 Part 2 investigates the icebergs, million-ton islands of ice that have broken free of glacial cliffs to become floating platforms of life. Despite the harshness of the environment, diverse eco-systems thrive. The principal wildlife includes crabeater seals and leopard seals, Adelie and emperor penguins, Minke whales, krill, snow petrals and algae.
S18 E03Nov 15, 1999
Horses Nov 15, 1999 Though their glory days may be in the past, these hoofed creatures continue to enthrall us, as the NATURE program HORSES demonstrates in sparkling detail. From the steppes of Mongolia, where children race at breakneck speeds perched on stallions ten times their size, to the fields of Georgia, where people confined to wheelchairs find new freedom in the saddle, HORSES highlights the many roles played by this multi-talented beast of burden. There are also rare glimpses of the world’s most endangered horse, and an inside look at the art of the horse whisperers, the trainers who through their gentle touch can transform a wild bucking bronco into a stately show horse.
S18 E04Nov 22, 1999
Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic Nov 22, 1999 Ironically, the powerful, dedicated canines profiled in Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic are little more than mutts. They are mixed-breed huskies that have endurance.
S18 E05Dec 6, 1999
Wisdom of the Wild Dec 6, 1999 Human lives have been influenced by animals in matters that reach far beyond the food chain. In surprising ways, animals help teach, heal, and strengthen people -- in body, mind, and spirit.
S18 E06Jan 5, 2000
Inside the Animal Mind Part One: Are Animals Intelligent? Jan 5, 2000 Birds may have a reputation for being less than geniuses, but researchers are discovering that some are remarkably smart.Some birds have the capacity to recognize, count, or name different objects.Ravens, for instance, have the ability to solve difficult puzzles, such as untangling a knotted string to free up a tasty treat or figuring out how to steal fish by hauling in an angler’s untended line. And, as shown in the first part of NATURE’s Inside the Animal Mind, crows on the remote Pacific island of New Caledonia have learned a skill that people once thought only primates could master: the use of tools. The birds use long, specially chosen twigs to spear the plump grubs that hide deep beneath the bark of rotting logs.
S18 E07Jan 12, 2000
Inside the Animal Mind Part Two: Do Animals Have Emotions? Jan 12, 2000 Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, love, hate — emotions play a pivotal role in our lives. But do they loom large in an animal’s world as well? Part Two of NATURE’s Inside the Animal Mind explores that question in fascinating detail.
S19 E01Oct 23, 2000
Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts Oct 23, 2000 Julia Roberts, one of the most famous and beautiful American actresses of today, lives among the nomads of Mongolia and discovers their relationship with the horse.
S19 E02Oct 30, 2000
The Octopus Show Oct 30, 2000 A new age of ocean exploration is lifting the veil of mystery shrouding a creature of legend -- the octopus.
S19 E03Nov 13, 2000
Extraordinary Birds Nov 13, 2000 Discover amazing birds -- from hummingbirds and peregrine falcons to parrots and barn owls -- on NATURE's "Extraordinary Birds."
S19 E04Nov 20, 2000
The Urban Elephant Nov 20, 2000 The enigmatic subjects of NATURE: The Urban Elephant, Asian elephants are losing territory to the inevitable process of deforestation. Industrialization all over Asia has hurt the mahouts, or elephant drivers, so that the trained elephants and their riders are being driven into major cities such as Bangkok to earn a meager living receiving donations and food from curious tourists.
S19 E05Dec 18, 2000
Intimate Enemies: Lions and Buffalo Dec 18, 2000 Life on the savannah of southern Tanzania is a study in contrast between rainy and dry seasons. When water is abundant, the wildebeest at the rivers provide food for the lion population, while the buffalo graze contentedly on the succulent grasses in the hills. The two great adversaries -- lion and buffalo -- can keep their distance.
S19 E06Jan 8, 2001
Polar Bear Invasion Jan 8, 2001 Each October, the remote Canadian town of Churchill in Manitoba plays host to some very unusual guests. More than a thousand hungry polar bears gather there to await the refreezing of Hudson Bay and then move out on the ice in pursuit of their traditional winter diet of seal. The world's largest land carnivore, polar bears can be very dangerous for humans as well as sea creatures -- but for tiny Churchill, they also are a tourist-dollar bonanza.
S19 E07Jan 16, 2001
Triumph of Life: The Four Billion Year War Jan 16, 2001 THE FOUR BILLION YEAR WAR explains how both conflict and cooperation have helped shape the species that today populate our world. And it profiles the winners and losers in this epic evolutionary contest — from the massive dinosaurs who disappeared long ago to the humble bacteria that have survived for billions of years virtually unchanged.
S20 E01Sep 10, 2001
Africa: Savanna Homecoming (1) Sep 10, 2001 Just like the mighty herds of wildebeest, the people who make their homes on Africa's great Serengeti plains are constantly on the move. This episode focuses on two women searching for their spiritual identity. Alice Wangui, a Nairobi hair salon owner, takes a trip to her native Kikuyu village so that her child will be born with a sense of community. On the savanna proper, Flora Salonik lives in an isolated farming hamlet, and struggles with the decision of whether or not to return to her own roots: the bustling metropolis of Arusha, Tanzania.
S20 E02Sep 17, 2001
Africa: Desert Odyssey (2) Sep 17, 2001 For centuries, the Tuareg people have braved the brutal Sahara to trade in salt, a precious cargo once worth its weight in gold. In this episode of AFRICA, Adam Ilius,salt production a young boy of nine, crosses hundreds of miles of desolate and dangerous desert on his first trans-Saharan salt caravan.After months of traveling, will Adam make it to Bilma, Niger to sell the caravan's salt for necessary food and clothing? Or will the shifting sands of the desert spell disaster for this tenacious group?
S20 E03Sep 24, 2001
Africa: Voices of the Forest (3) Sep 24, 2001 Deep in the central African rainforest, a struggle for survival rages. This episode takes a close look at how booming overseas markets for rainforest trees threaten the existence of two groups of Africans. Cameroon's Baka people, a traditional rainforest group, have lived in harmony with the forest for centuries, but now the sound of electric saws deafens the daily music of birds and monkeys.monkey, video link In Accra, the capital of Ghana, Annan Cedi, a coffin maker, needs these precious rainforest woods to construct fantasy coffins for international clients. Will the Baka be able to protect their ancient way of life and with it, an invaluable eco-system? And will Annan be able to maintain his business?
S20 E04Oct 1, 2001
Africa: Mountains of Faith (4) Oct 1, 2001 Isolated by mountains, Ethiopia is a center of spirituality. Here, faith is a driving force in the lives of many. This episode explores the depths of Ethiopia's religious beliefs. In the holy highland town of Lalibela, young Kibkab Wodemariam studies each day in hopes of becoming a priest. In the hills above Lalibela, Abba Defar labors at bringing to life his vision of a cathedral hewn from mountain rock. Will Kibkab Wodemariam be rewarded for his studies with the honor of participating in the annual procession for the holy day of Timkat? And will Abba Defar ever complete his mammoth symbol of faith in the Ethiopian highlands?
S20 E05Oct 8, 2001
Africa: Love in the Sahel (5) Oct 8, 2001 In the Sahel, the semi-arid border between the Sahara and the savanna, people mark the passage of time with ceremony and tradition. As the hot sun beats down on the Niger River delta, the annual Fulani cattle drive is underway.Young Errou Sisse must leave his girlfriend and travel hundreds of miles across parched earth with his family's cattle in search of adequate grazing land. As he travels through the desolate landscape, he and his fellow herders must survive on milk, and what little they can trade in the widely scattered villages of the Sahel. Meanwhile, another young man is hoping to mark an important passage of his own. In a cliffside Dogon village in Mali, Atime Dogolo Saye awaits the sacred dama ceremony to honor the spirits of the dead. Without participating in the dama, Atime will forever remain a boy, denied the right to raise a family of his own. Will these two young men be successful in their journeys? And will they find love when they reach journey's end.
S20 E06Oct 15, 2001
Africa: Restless Waters (6) Oct 15, 2001 Water is the lifeblood of Africa. It can create famine or fortune. In this episode, two families are hoping for fortune. Charles Tinkewimeru has been working the waters of Uganda's Lake Victoria for several years, building a good business selling fresh fish and dried minnows. But catches are steadily declining and Charles must come up with a new trade. Meanwhile, further inland in Uganda, the Ngwatima family has planted its annual rice crop. But the rains are late this year. A good crop depends on water, and now the Ngwatima must battle the elements in the hope of keeping their crop alive until relief comes from the skies. Will water bring fortune to these families, or will the shifting clouds spell disaster?
S20 E07Oct 22, 2001
Africa: Leopards of Zanzibar (7) Oct 22, 2001 Surrounded by gleaming aquamarine waters and fine white sand, Zanzibar looks like a tropical paradise. But life here is not easy. No one knows that better than Issa Simai, who spends his days, spear in hand, in the warm Indian Ocean trying to catch enough octopus or lobster to make a living.Issa is also a member of The Leopards, Zanzibar's most successful soccer team. This season, they have won their way to a playoff on the mainland, Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam. But before the Leopards even reach the field, they face a daunting obstacle: paying for the trip. Will the Leopards make enough to hire a boat to the mainland? And even more challenging, will they ace the playoff and return home to the cheers of their Zanzibar fans?
S21 E01Oct 14, 2002
Tall Blondes Oct 14, 2002 Lynn Sherr, the award-winning correspondent for ABC TV’s 20/20 newsmagazine, went to Africa for the first time in 1973 and fell in love — with giraffes. “They were a dazzling, unexpected revelation: gawky, graceful anomalies; cool, gentle giants dressed in golden, stained-glass coats. And when they ran, they seemed to float. I was hooked.” Journey to Kenya and South Africa, and to an American zoo that is the giraffe breeding capital of the Western Hemisphere, for a revealing look at this powerful, captivating creature when Ms. Sherr hosts Tall Blondes.
S21 E02Oct 21, 2002
Horse and Rider Oct 21, 2002 “Bet Yer Blue Boons” is one of the most agile and intelligent cutting horses in the world, a true champion.“Rio,” a spectacular polo pony, is a gifted athlete able to sprint at 30 miles per hour, then stop suddenly and turn on a dime.“Chamont” has the natural talent and physique of a great dressage horse, but also at times a timorous personality that puts a question mark on his future success.Each of these remarkable animals shares an astonishing trait: the ability to implicitly trust, and perform complex tasks in tandem with, a human partner working toward a common goal. This teaming of horse and rider is arguably the most sophisticated and intriguing example of human-animal cooperation. NATURE explores and illuminates this absorbing phenomenon in Horse and Rider.
S21 E03Oct 28, 2002
Dive to the Abyss Oct 28, 2002 Dive to the Abyss showcases a group of marine biologists as they explore three different underwater environments.
S21 E04Nov 18, 2002
Bloody Suckers Nov 18, 2002 A filmmaker goes in search of the scary and fascinating creatures that feed on blood in NATURE's BLOODY SUCKERS.
S21 E05Dec 16, 2002
Trail of the Cougar Dec 16, 2002 Hunted almost to extinction over the past three centuries, cougars are making a comeback today, with some 30,000 living in the wilds of North and South America. But still they face uncertain prospects, as human encroachment continues to shrink their natural habitats. Doggedly tracking these magnificent animals, once known as the “king cat,” filmmaker Ron Shade provides an incisive look at their prospects for survival in Trail of the Cougar.
S21 E06Jan 13, 2003
Under Antarctic Ice Jan 13, 2003 On the surface, it's the bleakest of lands, with ferocious winds, flightless birds, and enough ice to flood half the planet's population if it were to melt. But below that frozen mass, a fantastic environment of indescribable beauty teems with life. NATURE takes viewers into the world that is "Under Antarctic Ice."
S21 E07Feb 3, 2003
The Reptiles: Alligators and Crocodiles Feb 3, 2003 A four-part series on “The Reptiles” begins with “Alligators and Crocodiles.” Included: their sensory systems and intelligence; courtship and mating signals; importance to ecosystems; their evolving relationship with humans; and their roles in the food chain that vary with their locations, including Australia; India; Florida; and Venezuela. Howard McGillin narrates.
S22 E01Oct 20, 2003
Hippo Beach Oct 20, 2003 A chronicle of hippopotamus life along the banks of Zambia's Luangwa River includes footage of males fighting over territory; females protecting their young; the hippo's importance to river ecology; and societal rituals involving the head male of the pod. Mark Hamill narrates.
S22 E02Nov 3, 2003
Kalahari: The Great Thirstland (1) Nov 3, 2003 Animal life in the Kalahari Desert, where rainy and dry seasons direct the inhabitants, including zebras; wildebeests; elephants; finches; bullfrogs; and flamingos, whose chicks must walk nearly 100 miles when fertile feeding areas dry up. Christopher Plummer narrates.
S22 E03Nov 4, 2003
Kalahari: The Flooded Desert (2) Nov 4, 2003 Detailing the ecosystem of the Kalahari Desert as the Okavango River overflows, transforming a saltpan in to an oasis. Included: fish eagles in aerial combat for airspace over best fishing areas; the sitatunga antelope with ski-like hoofs. Christopher Plummer narrates.
S22 E04Nov 17, 2003
White Shark/Red Triangle Nov 17, 2003 Each year, in the late summer, a region known as the Red Triangle bustles with marine mammal activity. Lying between San Francisco and Monterey, the Red Triangle includes beaches where elephant seals go to molt, and offshore sites where great whites feed on unwary prey. When not prowling the Red Triangle, great white sharks search the kelp forest for sea lions, or roam the open ocean. Their migration is predictable. Each year they turn up at the same place at the same time, occasionally crossing paths with humans who still swim and surf in these dangerous waters.
S22 E05Nov 24, 2003
Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns Nov 24, 2003 In 1995, while filming wild horses in the mountains of Montana, Ginger Kathrens discovered a striking, almost pure white colt just hours after his birth.
S22 E06Jan 19, 2004
Shadow Over the Sun: A Story of Eagles Jan 19, 2004 Wilderness is elusive in Britain, but in the Highlands of Scotland, the sacred dance between predator and prey is still played out against a rugged and unforgiving landscape. Gliding above this wild land is Britain's most magnificent predator -- the golden eagle.
S22 E07Feb 9, 2004
Diamonds Feb 9, 2004 This episode of Nature, narrated by Stockard Channing, provides us with a fascinating look into the many steps of evaluating a diamond and preparing it for public sale. Miners dredge the earth, dealers fret over valuation exams to probe the minutest details of the stones, and finally the would-be owners gasp in awe. Diamonds are their own glorious world. Get a look at how they go from mining to necklace--with plenty of human drama along the way. You may never look at jewelry the same way again.
S23 E01Nov 8, 2004
Chasing Big Cats Nov 8, 2004 The big cats of Africa have always been favored subjects of wildlife filmmakers. But as little as 15 years ago, no one had captured the unforgettable image of a leopard in its ghostly nocturnal stalk. Viewers had never seen intimate portrayals of the sleek and elusive serval, or witnessed the nighttime romps of the beautiful black-eared caracal.The team of Owen Newman and Amanda Barrett filled those gaps with a series of spectacular breakthrough films in the 1990s. Among the first to apply infrared light and night vision goggles to wildlife studies, they combined technology with intrepid determination and a strong dose of luck, illuminating the cats we hardly knew, and giving us fresh insights into those we only thought we knew, such as lions and cheetahs.
S23 E02Nov 15, 2004
Shark Mountain Nov 15, 2004 Rarely seen aspects of shark behavior highlight this extraordinary view of undersea life, including an organized feeding frenzy with other predators that help herd their prey; night hunting in packs; and their violent courtship ritual. Also: the red-lipped batfish, which “walks” on the ocean floor via modified fins.
S23 E03Nov 22, 2004
The Good, the Bad and the Grizzly Nov 22, 2004 Yellowstone's restored grizzly-bear population and its conflicts with humans are examined, with food the force driving the bears, which have been protected as endangered species for 30 years. That's now challenged by lawmakers, while ecological changes threaten bears' food sources. Chris Cooper narrates.
S23 E04Jan 10, 2005
Violent Hawaii Jan 10, 2005 “Violent Hawaii” offers a panorama of nature in action, including volcanoes; humpback whales; tsunamis; and big-wave surfers and the lifeguards who rescue them at a beach nicknamed “Jaws.” James Naughton narrates.
S23 E05Jan 17, 2005
Silent Roar: Searching for the Snow Leopard Jan 17, 2005 Most big cats do their best to remain hidden from human eyes, but none are quite as adept at this as the snow leopard. These cats lead largely solitary lives, populating the Himalayas at altitudes that offer only about half the oxygen to which humans are accustomed. So when wildlife filmmakers Hugh Miles and Mitchell Kelly set out to film this animal they knew they were in for a challenge.
S23 E06Jan 31, 2005
Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean Jan 31, 2005 “Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean” explores the country's diverse animal life, much of it found nowhere else. Included: the Cuban crocodile, which can leap as high as seven feet.
S23 E07Feb 14, 2005
From Orphan to King Feb 14, 2005 Orphaned orangutans, their parents killed for their value as 'exotic' animals, face a struggle to survive in the jungles of Borneo. The researchers of Camp Leakey rescue the young and try to help the species hang on.
S24 E01Nov 7, 2005
Killers in Eden Nov 7, 2005 On the southeast coast of Australia, the town of Eden nestles along the shores of Twofold Bay. It was once a center of Australia’s thriving whaling industry, in part because it lies along the migration path of baleen whales swimming northward from the Antarctic. But residents say Eden’s whalers got some unusual help — from orcas, or killer whales, that patrolled offshore.
S24 E02Nov 14, 2005
Can Animals Predict Disaster? Nov 14, 2005 In interviews with scientists and eyewitnesses, NATURE probes the evidence that some animals may have senses that allow them to predict impending natural disasters long before we can.
S24 E03Nov 21, 2005
Katrina's Animal Rescue Nov 21, 2005 Rescue missions to save animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Included: a dog that spent days on a rooftop is saved; four dolphins that were washed out to sea from the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Miss., are rescued by a NOAA crew. Also: the evacuation of 19 penguins, two sea otters, a sea turtle and sea dragons from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.
S24 E04Dec 19, 2005
Encountering Sea Monsters Dec 19, 2005 Underwater cameraman Bob Cranston explores the remarkable world of marine creatures called cephalopods, which include squids, cuttlefish, octopi, and nautili.
S24 E05Jan 9, 2006
Life in Death Valley Jan 9, 2006 Anthony LaPaglia narrates this look at life in one of the world's most inhospitable places, Death Valley. Included: Devil's Hole pupfish, which live in waters deep beneath the desert's surface and whose numbers are dwindling; kangaroo rats; black-tailed jackrabbits; and bighorn sheep, which have a nine-stage digestive system that enables them to eat even the harshest of desert plants; and the desert tortoise, which eats enough food for a year---and mates---during just two weeks each spring.
S24 E06Jan 23, 2006
Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Jan 23, 2006 For more than 20 years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has entertained, educated, and fascinated its nearly 2 million annual visitors with pioneering displays of realistic undersea environments. Now NATURE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s leading centers for marine research and conservation — a marvel of engineering and biology that, literally, captures Oceans in Glass.
S24 E07Jan 30, 2006
Underdogs Jan 30, 2006 Underdogs tells the poignant story of two misfit dogs whose lives were turned around by people who saw their potential for greatness.
S25 E01Oct 25, 2006
Chimpanzees: an Unnatural History Oct 25, 2006 In 1959, the United States Air Force captured dozens of baby chimpanzees in Africa, transporting them to Alamogordo, New Mexico where they and their offspring were enlisted into in the space program.NATURE's "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History" explores the lives of these chimpanzees who were forced to endure a grueling life as the ultimate human stand-ins.
S25 E02Nov 13, 2006
Penguins of the Antarctic Nov 13, 2006 Brave the extreme conditions of Earth's southernmost continent for a close-up look at the varied penguins of the Antarctic.
S25 E03Nov 20, 2006
Christmas in Yellowstone Nov 20, 2006 NATURE presents a breathtaking look at wintertime deep within Yellowstone, America's first national park.
S25 E04Jan 15, 2007
The Best of 'Nature': 25 Years Jan 15, 2007 Lynn Sherr hosts a collection of clips highlighting memorable moments from the program's first 25 years. Also: a tribute to the series' creator and host George Page, who died in 2006. Included: hatchling sea turtles on a Caribbean beach; barnacle goslings in the Arctic; a wildebeest defending her calf from wild dogs on the Serengeti; crocodiles attacking gazelles; chimpanzees saved from medical testing; a reunion of two elephants after 25 years apart.
S25 E05Jan 29, 2007
Rhinoceros Jan 29, 2007 With NATURE’S Rhinoceros, wildlife filmmaker Nigel Marven brings you face-to-face with the world’s five species of rhino, each struggling, with varying degrees of success, for their continued survival. For some rhinos, the future may rely on breeding programs, such as at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, where Sumatran rhinoceros Emi is now nearing the end of her third successful pregnancy, having already given birth to Andalas and Suci, the only two Sumatran rhinos ever to be born in captivity.
S25 E06Feb 4, 2007
Supersize Crocs Feb 4, 2007 More than 15 years ago, Martyn Colbeck began to document the lives of African elephants. He has grown close to elephant matriarch, Echo, and her close-knit family.
S25 E07Feb 12, 2007
Raptor Force Feb 12, 2007 Conservationist Rom Whitaker searches for the last of the supersize crocodiles among the titans of the croc world: Nile crocodiles, saltwater crocodiles, and gharials.
S26 E01Oct 29, 2007
Silence of the Bees Oct 29, 2007 The Season 26 opener probes colony collapse disorder---the dramatic loss of honeybees in North America and Europe. The honeybee is responsible (via pollination) for one of every three bites of food people eat. Included: long-term ramifications; possible causes.
S26 E02Nov 5, 2007
In the Valley of the Wolves Nov 5, 2007 Discover the epic history of the Druids, one of more than a dozen gray wolf packs now occupying the 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone National Park.
S26 E03Nov 12, 2007
The Cheetah Orphans Nov 12, 2007 Documentarian Simon King raises two orphaned cheetah cubs in Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. He's seen bottle-feeding them and---to prepare them for the wild--- teaching the pair to hunt. King narrates.
S26 E04Nov 19, 2007
The Beauty of Ugly Nov 19, 2007 Nature's ugliest creatures are spotlighted, including the dung beetle, elephant-seal bull, ghost-faced bat, Indian stork, naked mole rat, needle-toothed viperfish, proboscis monkey, star-nosed mole, tapeworm, vulture and warthog. Included: how their looks and attributes contribute to their survival.
S26 E05Jan 7, 2008
The Desert Lions Jan 7, 2008 Dr. Philip Stander, a Namibian carnivore expert, investigates the resurgent lion population in the Namib Desert. Included: the uniqueness of the big cats; and their biggest challenge---residents who see them as threats to livestock.
S26 E06Jan 28, 2008
Parrots in the Land of Oz Jan 28, 2008 An exploration of Australia's diverse parrot population, including the fig parrot, the golden-shouldered parrot and the palm cockatoo. The overview examines their mating rituals and fight for survival, and details the damage the birds can do to farmers' crops.
S26 E07Feb 11, 2008
Crash: a Tale of Two Species Feb 11, 2008 The link between the horseshoe crab, which has remained the same for some 350 million years, and the red-knot shorebird, is explored. The horseshoe crab's spawning grounds, the Delaware Bay, are an important feeding ground for the red knots on their way from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. Included: how biologists connected a drop in the red-knot population to a similar decrease in the crabs. Also: how horseshoe-crab blood is used to test human medicines.
Season 27PBS | Rent or Buy
S27 E01Oct 27, 2008
White Falcon, White Wolf Oct 27, 2008 On a remote Arctic island, a breeding pair of gyrfalcons and a pack of Arctic wolves struggle to raise their young as nine months of snow and ice melt away.
S27 E02Nov 10, 2008
Clever Monkeys Nov 10, 2008 Just how smart are monkeys? Their curiosity leads them to try new things, but it’s their culture that teaches them much of what they know.
S27 E03Nov 17, 2008
American Eagle Nov 17, 2008 Following their protection as an endangered species, bald eagles have come roaring back. But even in the best of times, life in the wild is a surprisingly tough struggle.
S27 E04Nov 24, 2008
The Wolf That Changed America Nov 24, 2008 In 1893, a bounty hunter named Ernest Thompson Seton journeyed to the untamed canyons of New Mexico on a mission to kill a dangerous outlaw: a wolf named Lobo.
S27 E05Jan 12, 2009
The Dragon Chronicles Jan 12, 2009 Follow Rom Whitaker as he journeys around the world, reimagining the lines between fact and fantasy, in search of the fabled dragons' contemporary counterparts.
S27 E06Jan 26, 2009
Is That Skunk? Jan 26, 2009 We find them in the evening digging through our garbage, hiding under our houses, or walking through our yards, streets, and parks. Skunks seem perfectly adapted to life around us. But we are less comfortable around them, for fear of their potent spray. As we expand our urban areas, many skunks find themselves increasingly unwelcome neighbors. It seems everyone has their own skunk story. But what do we really know about these infamous black and white creatures?
S27 E07Feb 9, 2009
Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears Feb 9, 2009 In South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains, one animal’s perseverance makes it the ultimate survivor: the eland, the largest member of the antelope family.
S28 E01Oct 26, 2009
Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions Oct 26, 2009 The epic story of a wild stallion continues with the third installment of the Cloud series.
S28 E02Nov 2, 2009
Born Wild: The First Days of Life Nov 2, 2009 Across the animal kingdom, some of the most essential lessons -- and the most extreme challenges -- occur in the first moments of life.
S28 E03Nov 9, 2009
Black Mamba Nov 9, 2009 The black mamba is Africa’s deadliest snake. In Swaziland, snake handler Thea Litschka-Koen and her husband, Clifton, endeavor to change attitudes and save lives.
S28 E04Nov 16, 2009
Fellowship of the Whales Nov 16, 2009 A baby humpback enters the world and joins the 3,000 or more whales that congregate in the waters off Hawaii each winter. This is the story of her first year of life.
S28 E05Jan 11, 2010
Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air Jan 11, 2010 These tiny marvels dazzle and delight bird watchers all over the world, and NATURE reveals their stunning abilities as they have never been seen before.
S28 E06Jan 18, 2010
Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves Jan 18, 2010 The wilds of Yellowstone National Park are a world of predators, scavengers and opportunists. In this vast and complex kingdom, two dominant predators reign supreme: the grizzly bear and the wolf. Size and power square off against speed and teamwork, as mighty grizzly bears contend with powerful packs of wolves for control of the food supply. Though these two fearsome hunters would normally rule their ranges uncontested, in Yellowstone they must share resources, or face starvation.
S28 E07Feb 1, 2010
Wild Balkans Feb 1, 2010 The Balkan Peninsula is notorious for being one of the great battlegrounds of history. And yet, it possesses another side unknown to many, where ancient forests and vast wetlands harbor pristine wilderness, and sheer cliff walls and desolate plateaus preserve a seemingly unchanged past.Indeed the Balkan Peninsula is home to a variety of regions that border on mythical. In Croatia’s Kopacki Rit Wetlands, land mines keep people away, but enable native wildlife to thrive. Further south, Montenegro’s Tara River carves through Europe’s longest and deepest canyon, and neighboring forests provide refuge to rare animals such as the Balkan Lynx. To the east, millions of birds flock to the Danube Delta to feast on swarms of mosquitoes. And at the west of the Balkans is Skadar Lake, a remarkable landscape of peaks and water.
Season 29PBS | Rent or Buy
S29 E01Sep 27, 2010
Cuba: The Accidental Eden Sep 27, 2010 Cuba may have been restricted politically and economically for the past 50 years, but its borders have remained open to wildlife for which Cuba’s undeveloped islands are an irresistible draw. While many islands in the Caribbean have poisoned or paved over their ecological riches on land and in the sea in pursuit of a growing tourist industry, Cuba’s wild landscapes have remained virtually untouched, creating a safe haven for rare and intriguing indigenous animals, as well as for hundreds of species of migrating birds and marine creatures. Coral reefs have benefited, too. Independent research has shown that Cuba’s corals are doing much better than others both in the Caribbean and around the world.
S29 E02Oct 18, 2010
Echo: An Elephant to Remember Oct 18, 2010 Echo, Africa’s most famous elephant, was the subject of many films and the matriarch of perhaps the most studied wild elephant herd in the world. In May of 2009, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied Echo and her family.
S29 E03Oct 25, 2010
A Murder of Crows Oct 25, 2010 Although cultures around the world may regard the crow as a scavenger, bad omen, or simply a nuisance, this bad reputation might overshadow what could be regarded as the crow’s most striking characteristic – its intelligence. New research indicates that crows are among the brightest animals in the world. NATURE’s A Murder of Crows brings you these so-called feathered apes, as you have never seen them before.
S29 E04Nov 8, 2010
Braving Iraq Nov 8, 2010 As recently as the 1980’s, Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes were reminiscent of the Garden of Eden – indeed, many biblical scholars believe they are one and the same. Fed by the combined waters of the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, this enormous marshland of over 6,000 square miles dominated southern Iraq. For more than 7,000 years, these wetlands provided a bountiful home for both wildlife and humans. A large population of indigenous people, the Ma’dan Tribes known as Marsh Arabs, had thrived there for centuries. But in the 1990’s, due to political conflict, Saddam Hussein attempted to eradicate them – not through systematic extermination, but by destroying the marshes on which they depended for survival. Massive canals were dug, diverting river water away from the wetlands and towards the Persian Gulf. Huge embankments were built to prevent water from entering the marshes. What had been a green paradise twice the size of the Everglades shrank to less than 10% of its original size. Most of it was transformed into a parched, lifeless desert. The wildlife and the people were forced to leave.
S29 E05Nov 15, 2010
Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom Nov 15, 2010 Wolverines are among the most elusive creatures on the planet. They seek out the toughest terrain – the most rugged, remote and fiercely raw – and they’ve always been scarce to begin with.
S29 E06Nov 22, 2010
Revealing the Leopard Nov 22, 2010 Leopards may be smaller than lions and slower than cheetahs, but it is believed there are roughly ten times more of them than lions, tigers and cheetahs combined. How have they achieved this? The key to their success is their cunning, stealth, and adaptability. From South Africa to Sri Lanka, leopards live secretly, clinging to the shadows.
S29 E07Jan 10, 2011
Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story Jan 10, 2011 In 1960, a book written about raising an orphaned lion cub named Elsa and then releasing her back into the wild became a worldwide bestseller and a Hollywood hit. But this retelling of Elsa’s story reshapes the story told fifty years ago, as it really happened and with no fairy tale ending.
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S30 E01Oct 20, 2011
Radioactive Wolves Oct 20, 2011 What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? Radioactive Wolves examines the state of wildlife populations in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, an area that, to this day, remains too radioactive for human habitation.
S30 E02Nov 3, 2011
The Animal House Nov 3, 2011 Some of the most amazing, creative, and innovative structures on earth are not man-made.
S30 E03Nov 10, 2011
Jungle Eagle Nov 10, 2011 Harpy eagles are the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Standing three feet tall, with a six-foot wingspan and talons the size of bear claws, these birds are the heavyweight hunters of the South American rainforest. Enter their secret world.
S30 E04Nov 17, 2011
My Life as a Turkey Nov 17, 2011 After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Based on his true story, My Life as a Turkey chronicles Hutto’s remarkable and moving experience of raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood.
S30 E05Jan 12, 2012
Kangaroo Mob Jan 12, 2012 In the past 50 years, the kangaroo population around Canberra, Australia’s capital city, has exploded from a few hundred to tens of thousands. Following the stories of several urban kangaroos, this film reveals how these marsupials manage to survive the city, and documents the ongoing debate on how best to manage them.
S30 E06Jan 26, 2012
Fortress of the Bears Jan 26, 2012 Alaska’s Admiralty Island is home to the largest concentration of bears in the world. At half the size of Yellowstone National Park, it manages to sustain four times as many grizzlies. The native Tlingít people call this island “Kootznoowoo,” which means “Fortress of the Bears.”
S30 E07Feb 9, 2012
Raccoon Nation Feb 9, 2012 Following a family of urban raccoons over the course of six months, and using high-definition cameras and intensive GPS tracking systems, “Raccoon Nation” reveals new insights about a species that is far more elusive and wily than most people ever imagined, and more destructive.
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S31 E01Oct 11, 2012
Siberian Tiger Quest Oct 11, 2012 Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. To help him, Morgan turns to Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild.
S31 E02Oct 25, 2012
Magic of the Snowy Owl Oct 25, 2012 Filmmakers take us deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they’re able to fly.
S31 E03Nov 8, 2012
Animal Odd Couples Nov 8, 2012 Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? NATURE investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.
S31 E04Nov 15, 2012
An Original DUCKumentary Nov 15, 2012 Masters of the water and air, they have conquered the globe. From deft dabblers to great divers, these are one of the Animal Kingdom's ultimate athletes. Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds.
S31 E05Jan 24, 2013
Attenborough's Life Stories: Part One - Life on Camera Jan 24, 2013 Attenborough revisits key places and events in his career and shows how a succession of technical innovations in filmmaking led to remarkable revelations about our planet and the creatures that inhabit it.
S31 E06Jan 31, 2013
Attenborough's Life Stories: Part Two - Understanding the Natural World Jan 31, 2013 Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career in translating these discoveries into film.
S31 E07Feb 7, 2013
Attenborough's Life Stories: Part Three - Our Fragile Planet Feb 7, 2013 Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that we have had on the natural world during his lifetime.
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S32 E01Oct 17, 2013
Saving Otter 501 Oct 17, 2013 This is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, we follow as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild, where survival is a long shot at best.
S32 E02Nov 7, 2013
Love in the Animal Kingdom Nov 7, 2013 Examining the ways animals attract mates. Included: the feminine wiles of a young gorilla; the search for a partner among a thousand flamingos; the "open" relationships of blue-footed boobies; and the soap opera-like entanglements of gibbons.
S32 E03Nov 14, 2013
Parrot Confidential Nov 14, 2013 A look at the difficulties of raising parrots. The intelligent birds have a life span of 80-90 years, which means they often live longer than their owners—when their owners don't give them up after a few years, that is. They also form strong bonds with caregivers, which can result in odd behavior if a caregiver leaves for an extended period of time, as Liz and Russ Hartman learned: their bird became so upset while Russ was away on a business trip that it plucked all the feathers from its chest.
S32 E04Jan 23, 2014
Meet the Coywolf Jan 23, 2014 The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. Tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, through parking lots, alleys and backyards in Toronto all the way to the streets of New York City.
S32 E05Jan 30, 2014
The Funkiest Monkeys Jan 30, 2014 There is an unusual looking monkey called the crested black macaque that is endemic to rainforests in Indonesia, which includes the island of Sulawesi. These striking black primates, sporting punk hairstyles and copper-colored eyes, first caught the attention and won the heart of wildlife cameraman and biologist Colin Stafford-Johnson 25 years ago. But since then, their numbers have dropped by almost 90 percent, so the filmmaker returns to the island to discover why and how he could help.
S32 E06Feb 20, 2014
Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem Feb 20, 2014 “Honey badger is bad ass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. This relentless little creature is one of the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. Our film will follow three badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.
S32 E07Feb 27, 2014
Ireland's Wild River Feb 27, 2014 The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway – a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river — camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.
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S33 E01Oct 16, 2014
Animal Misfits Oct 16, 2014 A collection of animals that differ from the normal evolutionary adaptations from the mainstream biome is presented in this fast-paced and very engaging offering. They examine in a rapid-fire manner the special niches these strange and wonderful creatures have carved out for themselves in order to survive in what would initially seem to be very unlikely ways for sometimes millions of years.