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Meet The Coywolf (Episode #3104H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a hauntingly beautiful carnivore found increasingly on the streets of North American cities. Its appearance is very recent -- within the last 90 years -- in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. The story of how it came to be begins in Canada but by no means ends there. It is a tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. New York wildlife biologist Roland Kay is fascinated by this new hybrid, the product of a shifting gene pool that is now stabilizing. Kays tracks and photographs coywolves with remote motion sensor cameras, collects road kill and scat, and obtains tissue and bone samples from fur trappers, hunters, and others to unravel the mysteries that define this new species.

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

My Bionic Pet (Episode #3108)

KQED World: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 9:00 PM

The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 3:00 PM

Animal Odd Couples (Episode #3003B)

KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 7:00 AM

A tiger cub with no mother in sight. A baby hippo. An abandoned meerkat pup. Without nurturing, these infants face certain death. Enter stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a chimp bottle-feeding a tiger cub; a giant tortoise snuggling a baby hippo; a black crow parenting a meerkat. Aberrations of nature? Instincts gone awry? Does this kind of bonding form only when animals are removed from their natural environments? Or are they evidence of a broad array of emotions among animals? This film will look at these remarkable relationships firsthand, and through caregivers, biologists and animal behaviorists, explore what they suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

My Bionic Pet (Episode #3108)

KQED 9: Wed, Apr 9, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Apr 10, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

White Falcon, White Wolf (Episode #2601)

KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 9:00 PM

On Canada's remote Ellesmere Island, where June is spring, July is summer and August is already autumn, the race is on for two remarkable species to raise their families. The white gyr falcon is enormous, the largest and most powerful falcon in the world. Yet last summer, the nesting falcon pair here failed to raise any young. The rare Arctic wolves rely on every member of the pack to chase and bring down the prey that keeps them alive. Last year was good to them, and they raised three cubs. But for the wolves and the falcons, as well for as the snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, Arctic foxes and hares who share this fragile ecosystem with them, fortunes are always precarious.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

White Falcon, White Wolf (Episode #2601H)

KQED 9: Wed, Apr 2, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

On Canada's remote Ellesmere Island, where June is spring, July is summer and August is already autumn, the race is on for two remarkable species to raise their families. The white gyr falcon is enormous, the largest and most powerful falcon in the world. Yet last summer, the nesting falcon pair here failed to raise any young. The rare Arctic wolves rely on every member of the pack to chase and bring down the prey that keeps them alive. Last year was good to them, and they raised three cubs. But for the wolves and the falcons, as well for as the snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, Arctic foxes and hares who share this fragile ecosystem with them, fortunes are always precarious.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Apr 3, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
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