A weekly magazine show produced by National Geographic and hosted by Boyd Matson. The stories, which focus on the work of researchers and explorers in the field, cover natural history, science, conservation and environmental issues, adventure and culture. Each episode features the Crittercam, a research tool attached to animals that records video, audio and environmental data, providing an up-close look at animals' worlds from their perspective.
Wild Chronicles Previous Broadcasts
What's It Worth (Episode #408)
KQED World: Sat, Dec 19, 2009 -- 7:30 PM
* News from Nature - In the early 20th century fur seals were pushed to the brink of extinction by hunters seeking the seal's luxurious pelt. Despite a longstanding ban on hunting, fur seal populations are still vulnerable and many colonies are in decline. Armed with Nat Geo's Crittercam, scientists travel to Russia's remote Kuril Islands to uncover the secrets to fur seal survival.
* Stories from the Wild - WC travels on assignment with National Geographic magazine to Alberta, Canada, where a controversial method of extracting petroleum is damaging the Canadian wilderness and a way of life. To reach large deposits of sand-oil that lie beneath the surface of Alberta's Boreal forest miners must strip the forest floor. Some conservationists contend the changing landscape and destruction of the Boreal is a substantive contributor to global warming.
* Field Reports - A group of prize-winning students from Atlanta venture deep into the Amazon rain forest to learn the true cost of consumer goods. Exploring the impact of deforestation and development on one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet, the trip's goal is to instill in the students a passion to protect Earth's great natural resources.
* Adventure and Exploration - In the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi, increasing development is destroying the local food supply of the marine mammals that call the warm waters home. Thousands of dugongs ply the waters off the coast of Abu Dhabi, feeding on seemingly endless beds of sea grass. But as engineers drive back the sea to house the burgeoning population, dredging and construction leach silt into the Gulf, smothering the sea grass and threatening the dugongs.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 20, 2009 -- 1:30 AM
Rebirth (Episode #406)
KQED World: Sat, Dec 5, 2009 -- 7:30 PM
* News from Nature - In the 1960s, the takhi horse disappeared from its native Mongolia and was declared extinct in the wild. Determined to repopulate takhi in the Mongolian wild, conservationists hope an ambitious captive breeding program can save the species. So far reintroducing the horse has been a success, but the takhi, considered the only true wild horse left in the world, still faces many challenges to its comeback.
* Stories from the Wild - Saved from overfishing by an act of Congress, striped bass now face the threat of a disease rarely seen in the wild: mycobacterium. Researchers believe the combined stress of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, rising water temperatures due to climate change, shrinking habitats and poor nutrition are the cause of the diseased bass. Conservationists hope a multi-pronged approach encompassing the entire Chesapeake ecosystem will create a healthier environment not only for striped bass, but for all the Bay's inhabitants.
* Field Reports - Today's Sahara is a blistering expanse of desert that is one of the most hostile places on Earth. But occasionally over the course of time, periodic changes in the Earth's orbit and wobble have transformed the Sahara from sandy brown to lush green. Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno examines a green Sahara site known as Gobero that supported two distinct civilizations thousands of years apart.
* Adventure and Exploration - Zambia's Luangwa River Valley is rich with wildlife, but it hasn't always been that way. Just a few decades ago illegal hunting threatened the area's wildlife. But thanks to an innovative program called COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation), conservationists are transforming poachers into farmers. Now, communities enjoy a food surplus, and poaching is on the decline.