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Born Wild: The First Days of Life (Episode #2702)

KQED Plus: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

The most important moment of an animal's life is its birth. It emerges from dark safety to find anxious parents clucking or mewing. The first hours are some of the most dangerous. The strongest emotions animals feel are between parent and child. This film follows the birth and first day, from marmoset to moose, to elephant and gorilla. It is a film of miniature drama and huge spectacle, and comes to some surprising conclusions about ourselves.

Braving Iraq (Episode #2803H)

KQED 9: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

In the early 1990s, Saddam Hussein destroyed the Mesopotamian Marshes when its inhabitants rebelled against him. Once the richest wildlife habitat in the Middle East, this beautiful "Garden of Eden" was reduced to mile after mile of scorched earth and was thought to have been destroyed forever. But one man is making an extraordinary effort to restore both animals and people to the scene of one of the greatest ecocides of the 20th century. Is it a dream too far? Can man and animal live again in what remains one of the most politically troubled and dangerous places on earth?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

The Loneliest Animals (Episode #2611#)

KQED World: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

The loneliest animals are the most endangered species on the planet. Collected and protected by dedicated scientists, these animals represent the end of the line for their species. In many cases, intensive captive breeding programs have been launched with the aim of sustaining these animals and the hope of returning them to the wild. Viewers will be taken into high-security, high-tech labs where scientists attempt to breed new generations and into the field to discover what forces have led to the demise of entire species. Featured animals include Yangtze turtles under 24-hour surveillance; a baby Sumatran rhino; a special collection of lemurs; the Spix's macaw, a bird declared extinct in the wild in 2000; and "Lonesome George," a giant tortoise from the Galapagos, who is the last of his kind.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

Victoria Falls (Episode #2613H)

KQED 9: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Cutting across the Zambezi River, bridging the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. In the dry season, this awesome force of nature divides two natural worlds -- the tranquil meandering river above the cascade, and the raging abyss of the gorge below. The upper river is idyllic, running shallow through sandstone hills and meandering around islands and reed-beds where elephants, hippos, and crocodiles thrive. In a single vertical drop the river plummets twice the height of Niagara Falls into the wild waters and heavy spray of the narrow gorge, where fish are found only by those who know where to look. Between the two worlds are treacherous cliffs and thick, mossy rainforests fed by river mists, home to baboons whose lives change with the seasons. When the rains fall, the rivers swell and the falls thunder.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Mar 20, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Survivors of the Firestorm (Episode #2811)

KQED World: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

The bush fires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fires are a natural force of nature which spur regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. Kangaroos and koalas, wombats and wallabies, endangered possums and gliders, lizards, echidnas, birds of all kinds, and even fish that lived among these eucalypts were overcome by the flames. Millions died. But burned and traumatized survivors tenderly nursed back to health at wildlife hospitals showed a remarkable ability to bounce back, and the environment an extraordinary capacity for healing.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

Braving Iraq (Episode #2803H)

KQED World: Tue, Mar 12, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

In the early 1990s, Saddam Hussein destroyed the Mesopotamian Marshes when its inhabitants rebelled against him. Once the richest wildlife habitat in the Middle East, this beautiful "Garden of Eden" was reduced to mile after mile of scorched earth and was thought to have been destroyed forever. But one man is making an extraordinary effort to restore both animals and people to the scene of one of the greatest ecocides of the 20th century. Is it a dream too far? Can man and animal live again in what remains one of the most politically troubled and dangerous places on earth?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, Mar 12, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

Echo: An Elephant to Remember (Episode #2801)

KQED World: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many "Nature" films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. Last year, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied this amazing herd.

Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story (Episode #2806)

KQED World: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 -- 12:00 PM

2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Born Free", a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has "Born Free" taught us?

Echo: An Elephant to Remember (Episode #2801)

KQED World: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many "Nature" films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. Last year, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied this amazing herd.

Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story (Episode #2806)

KQED World: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 -- 6:00 AM

2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Born Free", a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has "Born Free" taught us?

Echo: An Elephant to Remember (Episode #2801)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many "Nature" films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. Last year, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied this amazing herd.

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