Whoopi Goldberg talks to the animals at the San Diego Zoo. She also feeds a baby giraffe, cuddles a baby rhino and ogles orangutans as she shows her solidarity with the denizens of this “modern Noah's ark.” Some need help, and Goldberg also explores the zoo's efforts on behalf of endangered species. But---as she discovers when she comes upon two pandas that just won't mate---the zoo can't always do it alone.
“Cheetahs with Holly Hunter” finds the actress on the trail of the endangered cats in Namibia and South Africa. At one stop, she handles two orphaned cubs and encounters a male rescued from a farmer's trap. She also observes a female with five cubs.
Actor Ewan McGregor visits the remote Canadian port of Churchill, Manitoba, for the annual invasion of polar bears---and tourists---as the animals migrate to the frozen Hudson Bay. McGregor talks with locals, who debate how the influx is handled, including capturing invading bears and keeping them restrained until they can be taken by helicopter to the ice to hunt for seals.