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Siberian Tiger Quest (Episode #3001)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 26, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now embarks on his greatest challenge - to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia's far eastern forests. This film features the work of Korean cameraman, Sooyong Park, who spent two years in the forest tracking and filming the world's biggest cat. Park's tracking technique was very unconventional. He dug himself into an underground pit and, incredibly, waited there for weeks at a time, hoping for a glimpse of a wild tiger. Morgan adopts the same method while he shares with us firsthand the difficulty of seeing the rare Siberian tiger.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 29, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Aug 27, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

Saving Otter 501 (Episode #3101H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 -- 7:00 PM

On a typical late summer day a baby sea otter washes up on the beach in Monterey, California - hungry, lost, injured. It's a tragic event, but not surprising. California sea otters are struggling. For decades marine biologist Karl Mayer and his small staff have worked unceasingly - one otter at a time - to bring this "keystone" species back from the brink of extinction so it can play its important role in the local marine environment. But the effort has stalled, and no one knows why.
This is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, we follow as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild, where survival is a long shot at best.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 26, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 -- 1:00 AM

Owl Power (Episode #3207)

KQED World: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children's stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 -- 11:00 AM

River of No Return (Episode #2911H)

KQED World: Sat, Aug 22, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

The Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness is a protected wilderness area in Idaho and the second largest contiguous area of protected wilderness in the continental United States. There are no roads here, just thick forests, mountains and canyons -- a perfect habitat for wildlife, particularly wolves who have just returned after a 50-year absence -- and a young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, who chose this wilderness for their year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes a tale of struggle and survival -- both for the newlyweds, and for every life trying to make it in the unforgiving heart of the wilderness.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 23, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Saving Otter 501 (Episode #3101H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 19, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

On a typical late summer day a baby sea otter washes up on the beach in Monterey, California - hungry, lost, injured. It's a tragic event, but not surprising. California sea otters are struggling. For decades marine biologist Karl Mayer and his small staff have worked unceasingly - one otter at a time - to bring this "keystone" species back from the brink of extinction so it can play its important role in the local marine environment. But the effort has stalled, and no one knows why.
This is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, we follow as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild, where survival is a long shot at best.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 26, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Aug 20, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

River of No Return (Episode #2911H)

KQED World: Mon, Aug 17, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

The Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness is a protected wilderness area in Idaho and the second largest contiguous area of protected wilderness in the continental United States. There are no roads here, just thick forests, mountains and canyons -- a perfect habitat for wildlife, particularly wolves who have just returned after a 50-year absence -- and a young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, who chose this wilderness for their year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes a tale of struggle and survival -- both for the newlyweds, and for every life trying to make it in the unforgiving heart of the wilderness.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 23, 2015 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 17, 2015 -- 11:00 AM

A Murder of Crows (Episode #2802H)

KQED World: Sat, Aug 15, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

Crows do not have the best of reputations. They are generally dismissed as spooky - Hitchcock used them quite successfully to frighten moviegoers, or as a general nuisance - scarecrows were, after all, invented to scare crows away from crops. But their image is about to take a real turn. New research has shown they are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other's voices and 250 distinct calls. They are very social, mate for life and raise their young for up to five years. And they are able to recognize individual humans and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

Radioactive Wolves (Episode #2901H)

KQED Life: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 1:00 AM

The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

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