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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A rafting expedition down the Tekeze River in Ethiopia is fraught with danger, including crocodiles, rapids and tropical diseases. Also: the crew investigates possible resting places of the Ark of the Covenant, reputed to be hidden along the river.
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.
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.
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.
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 big, gawky---and potentially deadly---moose are observed on the Kenai Peninsula, and in Alaska's Denali National Park and Canafa's Riding Mountain National Park. Photographed, directed and produced by Jim Lipscomb.
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.