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
Search! (Episode #410)
KQED World: Sat, Jan 2, 2010 -- 7:30 PM
* News from Nature - Nat Geo grantee Jean Boubli travels to Brazil's Amazon rain forest to search for a wedge-capped capuchin, a primate that historically is not known to inhabit the region. The primatologist hopes to document the monkey on film for the first time ever and collect genetic samples to help determine if this is a new species. The results could lead to these animals and their habitat being better protected.
* Stories from the Wild - On Kenya's Watamu Beach, the Watamu Turtle Watch Program assists endangered sea turtles survive a world fraught with danger. Conservationists believe the area's population of green and hawksbill turtles is only one-fifth of what it was just 25 years ago due to illegal fishing practices, pollution and beach development. Since 1997, the watch program's volunteers have saved more than 45, 000 young hatchlings and 36,000 juvenile and adult turtles.
* Adventure and Exploration - Boyd Matson follows Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay on a trip to Gabon's Loango National Park in West Africa. Fay helped create the park, as well as 12 others in Gabon, six years ago after completing his 456 day, 2,000 mile Megatransect from the Congo to the coast of Gabon. On his return visit to Loango, Fay observes new wildlife that has flourished as a result of his efforts to preserve the area.
* Animal Encounters - A team of researchers travel to Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, to determine the level of danger that tiger sharks pose on humans. Conservationists believe the shark's reputation as a man-eater is unjust. After tracking their movements, the researchers suggest that in fact, most tiger sharks in this region try to avoid humans.
* Field Reports - Once facing extinction in Japan due to now outlawed hunting, the Japanese giant salamander, which can grow up to five feet in length and weigh more than 50 pounds, is making a comeback. However habitat destruction and flood control systems still remain a threat. To solve the problem, a team of researchers devise a ramp and staircase system to modify dams, allowing the salamanders to return up-river to the mountain streams to breed.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 3, 2010 -- 1:30 AM
Looking Back (Episode #412)
KQED World: Sat, Jan 16, 2010 -- 7:30 PM
* News from Nature - Following the surprising discovery of a fossil in a limestone countertop in Italy, National Geographic researchers search for the remains of the first mammals to migrate from Eurasia to Africa. Evidence suggests floods of Asian animals entered Africa through Egypt when the two continents were joined 20 million years ago and evolved over millions of years to become some of today's iconic African animals, including zebras, rhinoceroses, wildebeests and giraffes.
* Stories from the Wild - Using satellite transmitters, researchers track the daily travels of long-tailed ducks wintering along Nantucket's shores to determine if building a wind farm in Nantucket Sound is a threat to the ducks' habitat. While satellite imagery shows the ducks roost away from the proposed wind farm location, conservationists continue to monitor the birds to learn more about their daily journeys and migratory patterns.
* Adventure and Exploration - Nat Geo grantee Jon Waterman attempts to travel the Colorado River's almost 1500 miles from start to finish. But the river, siphoned off for industrial use throughout the United States, vanishes underground in Mexico, turning a once lush wetland into a dry wasteland. Forced to walk the rest of the way, Waterman hopes his journey will inspire people to conserve water and truly appreciate the amazing resource.
* Conservation News - WC travels to Cairo, Egypt where Nat Geo Emerging Explorer Thomas Taha Culhane is helping lower-income Egyptians build solar-powered rooftop water heaters out of recycled trash. Utilizing Egypt's abundant sunshine, the solar heaters improve the quality of life and sanitation, while cutting down on potential energy costs. Culhane hopes the water heater project will lead to other low-tech innovations using recycled materials.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 17, 2010 -- 1:30 AM
The Life Aquatic (Episode #411)
KQED World: Sat, Jan 9, 2010 -- 7:30 PM
* News from Nature - Once hunted nearly to extinction in the Brazilian Amazon, the black caiman is among the largest and least known of the crocodile cousins. Strict anti-hunting laws and protected habitats are helping black caiman make a comeback, but poachers remain a constant threat. WC wades into caiman-filled waters with Nat Geo grantee John Thorbjarnarson to explore the feasibility of a sustainable caiman-harvest program.
* Stories from the Wild - Nat Geo grantee Nadia Frobisch in hot on the trail of the world's oldest undersea predators. But instead of taking the plunge to the deepest oceans depths she is searching high in Nevada's Augusta Mountains. Reaching whale-like proportions, reptilian ichthyosaurs ruled the oceans 230 million years ago. Today, their fossil remains are key to understanding how animals transitioned from land to water.
* Adventure and Exploration - Stretching from Indonesia to Malaysia to the Philippines, the Coral Triangle covers less than one percent of the world's ocean surface yet it contains more sea creatures than anywhere else on the planet. A team of researchers travels to the epicenter of the Coral Triangle to launch a five-year genetic study to determine where such great biodiversity came from and how it's connected to all other marine life on Earth. One theory suggests that the Coral Triangle is so diverse because it is the origin of all life found in our oceans.
* Animal Encounters - The vast majority of shark species live in a world where most people never visit - the depths of the ocean. Yet there are a few populations that skirt close to human territory and the balance between sharks and humans sharing a popular coastline can be a tenuous one. National Geographic's Crittercam team joins researchers along Australia's Gold Coast to find out if bull sharks truly are a menace to society.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 10, 2010 -- 1:30 AM