Val Kilmer narrates playwright Nicholas Ellenbogen's trek across the Dark Continent, searching for the true spirit of Africa in its people and wildlife through six different countries. Included: how local residents manage wildlife.
Harry Hamlin travels to the Great Plains to observe the buffalo (or bison), which is returning from the brink of extinction. Included: the social structure of a bison herd; the spiritual connection between buffalo and Native Americans; and a bison roundup.
A profile of rain-forest advocate Payakan, a Kayapo Indian whose crusade to save his Amazon homeland has made him a celebrity and the target of Brazilian government investigations. Wes Studi provides the voice of Payakan. Also: interviews with those who worked with him.
Jared Leto flies over Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park with bush pilot Paul Claus as they rescue two men trapped on a mountainside by an early winter storm, in addition to hiking the area and meeting the local people. Also accompanying Leto are former Alaska governor Jay Hammond and National Wildlife Federation representative Martha Levensaler.
Aquatic and terrestrial wildlife is observed by Jacques Cousteau and the crew of the Alcyone along the coast of South Africa and in game preserves. Included: poaching; a wildlife auction; and native bushmen.
Every November brings the "March of the Crabs" on Australia's Christmas Island, where 80 million land crabs migrate to the ocean to breed. Included: steps taken to avoid slaughter of the crabs on highways. Also: rival male crabs battle for mates.
Wildlife photgrapher Richard Goss travels to South Africa to photograph the meerkats of the desert regions, as well as other animals, including lions, zebras, giraffes, water buffaloes, leopards and baboons. Narrated by Franz Russell.
Stunning photography highlights this chronicle of cinematographer Dyanna Taylor's attempts to follow the footsteps of writer and artist Everett Ruess, who disappeared in Utah's red-rock canyon country in 1934. Also: Monument Valley.
Actress Sarita Choudhury travels to India to observe the Bengal tiger, the largest member of the cat family and a highly endangered species. Included: a look at how poverty and overpopulation threaten the tiger; and the conservation movement in India.
Wildlife filmmaker Ginger Mauney chronicles “Legends of the Bushmen” in Namibia, on Africa's southwestern coast. Mauney interviews tribal elders of the !Kung people, who spin vivid tales of animals and the elements. Included: the world's fastest animal; and why the moon has eternal life.
Four generations of leopards, tracked over the course of 12 years in the Masai Mara region of Kenya, are chronicled by African cinematographer John Varty, who observes their social structure and survival skills.
Mariel Hemingway and her family travel to Panama where they visit the Panama Canal and Barro Colorado, an island formed by the canal construction, where a variety of tropical life exists including monkeys, bats, birds and crocodiles.
Alicia Silverstone meets with wildlife veterinarian Dave Jessup to treat ailing animals, including elephants suffering from "floppy trunk syndrome," which causes the elephant to starve to death. Also: the Marine Wildlife Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz, Cal.
Naturalist Richard Conniff goes to the American West to observe prairie dogs, which are viewed as pests by some and persecuted creatures by others. Included: non-lethal methods of dealing with the rodents, such as a huge truck-mounted vacuum that sucks them out of their tunnels.
Mario Van Peebles travels to the western U.S. to examine how the search by some companies for gold is affecting "the wildlife, the water and the people who live there." Included: the impact of the General Mining Law of 1872, which enables companies to purchase federal land for $5 an acre.
Matthew Fox hosts this program on the efforts to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone National Park, where native wolves had been completely eliminated over 60 years ago. Included: footage of wolves killing an elk; interviews with local ranchers.
Lauren Hutton shepherds 7-year old Nick and 8-year-old Teo from New York City to Kenya, where the “Little Warriors” observe the native wildlife and meet Masai warriors, who make them honorable tribe members and teach them the ways of the land.
The Mojave Desert is observed through the eyes of a desert tortoise (voiced by Bruce Dern) who encounters desert inhabitants, both human and animal. Included: kangaroo rats, geckos, sidewinders, yucca moths, Joshua trees and creosote bushes.
Examined: pink dolphins in the Amazon; killer whales in Puget Sound; and spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. Also: efforts to save stranded dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico; and how deforestation, hydroelectric dams and overfishing affect the food chain. Host: Bridget Fonda.
Stunning underwater photography highlights this chronicle of cinematographer Al Giddings as he dives into Truk Lagoon in the South Pacific, where a savage battle took place during WWII. Included: how aquatic plants and animals have reclaimed the lagoon.
Singer James Taylor and environmental advocate Martin Litton undertake an 18-day, 277-mile “Colorado River Adventure” that passes through the Grand Canyon. “We really insult the Grand Canyon by our misuse of the river,” says Litton, who speaks of past and present efforts to preserve the natural wonder.
Actress Daryl Hannah travels through Colorado, Montana and New Jersey to observe how people are dealing with dangerous animals using non-lethal methods, including breeding dogs to chase bears and using llamas to guard livestock.
Singer Billy Ray Cyrus helps document the return of the bald eagle to the lower 48 states, where its population was decimated by pesticides. Included: eagle release programs in Washington, D.C., and Cyrus's home state of Tennessee. Also: a raptor rehabilitation center in Alaska.