Jungle Animal Hospital
Season 34, Episode 16
May 18, 2016
In the day-to-day drama taking place at one of the world’s wildest hospitals, a jungle veterinarian named Alejandro Morales, his zoologist girlfriend Anna Bryant, and their team of dedicated staff and volunteers take on dangerous and exciting challenges as they care for a cast of iconic endangered animals. In this vivid and compelling film, we follow the couple and their team through a year at ARCAS, a rescue center deep in the Guatemalan jungle, where on any given day they could be bottle-feeding a baby monkey, stitching up an injured rare potoo chick, or wrestling a crocodile. The jungle hospital is home to spider and howler monkeys, jaguars, armadillos, crocs, gray foxes, and a huge variety of colorful birds. Some animals arrive at the hospital lost and helpless – from malnourished baby parrots rescued from pet trade smugglers to baby monkeys in diapers, who all need mothering and care to teach them how to be wild until they can be released. Other creatures have been injured or saved from harm. Some stay for a month, others for a day, and some, sadly, never return to the forest at all. But every animal deserves a fighting chance to be wild.
Nature's Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons
Season 34, Episode 2
Sep 30, 2015
Growing up wild is hard – even harder when you’ve lost your mom. But for some orphans, there are havens, rescue centers where dedicated individuals are helping them to make it on their own. It’s a demanding job, as many require long-term, round-the-clock care. Yet the caregivers persevere, and not just because they believe every animal deserves a chance at a wild life. Forming supportive bonds with these helpless, tiny creatures, providing them with carefully monitored feedings and medical attention, as well as greatly needed affection, training, security and comfort, clearly brings rewards beyond measure to each of them in turn. In this captivating two-part mini-series, fall in love with baby koala Danny, tiny wallaby Neil, baby sloth Newbie, young kangaroo Harry and baby fruit bat Bugsy, and with their caring foster mothers, who give so much of themselves to help these little orphans find their way back to the wild.
The Sagebrush Sea
Season 33, Episode 13
May 20, 2015
One of the most overlooked ecosystems in the America West is a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states. This spartan landscape supports more than 170 species of birds and mammals. Among those that have adapted to survive here are the Greater Sage-Grouse. Today, they must contend with wells and pipelines tapping the resources buried deep below. The sagebrush and the grouse carry on, but they’re losing ground.