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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saltwater crocodiles, huge reptiles that can grow up to 20 ft. long and weigh up to one ton, are observed in Darwin, Australia. Included: encounters with "problem" crocs in Darwin Harbor; the media's appetite for crocodile stories; and a taxidermist who specializes in crocs.
The Cousteau Society Team charts the course of China's Yangtze river using camels, horses, rafts and boats. Included: a diving expedition in Lake Ngoring Hu, near the river's source. Also: a visit to a city along the Silk Road and the Great Wall.
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.
The fauna and flora of the Makgadikgadi salt flats in Botswana's Kalahari Desert are observed by cinematographer Tim Liversedge following an unusually heavy rainy season. Included: lions, zebras, finches, flamingoes and foxes. Narrated by Richard Roughton. Voice of Liversedge: Ralph Cosham.
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.
Host Isabella Rossellini observes urban wildlife in New York City's Central Park; including small mammals, reptiles and birds. Also: reintroducing indigenous species to the park and capturing non-native animals, such as 40 guinea pigs that were set loose by an owner who couldn't care for them.
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.
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger travel to Peru and Mexico to examine the plight of wild parrots, one-third of which are listed as endangered. Included: how birds are illegally trapped and sold; a research team raising orphan macaws.
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.
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.
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.
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.