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Revealing The Leopard (Episode #2805)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Leopards are the ultimate cat. They are the ultimate cat. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous, and, until recently, one of the least understood. Leopards hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen, secretively. They are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film accumulates the evidence and puts together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat. We learn how these cats rarely move without a completely premeditated strategy.

An Original DUCKumentary (Episode #3004)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

Working with "Hummingbirds" producer Ann Prum, Nature features another popular, beautiful and fascinating bird - the duck. The story follows a wood duck family and discovers how a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks and come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds. But our stars are just one of some 150 species of ducks. They come in all shapes and sizes and abilities - some are dabblers popping in and out of the surface of a glass lake and others swim with powerful webbed feet underwater. They fly through the air on short, stubby wings, traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive.

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  • KQED World: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 -- 11:00 AM

Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air (Episode #2705H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes -- they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey (Episode #2809)

KQED World: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of India's best protected tiger reserves. But suddenly and without warning Broken Tail abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, moving through farmland and scrub until he was killed by a train nearly 200 miles from his home. To track Broken Tail's incredible journey, Colin and his soundman, Salim, retrace the tiger's path and piece together the cub's last days - and through his story reveal the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.

Revealing The Leopard (Episode #2805)

KQED World: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

Leopards are the ultimate cat. They are the ultimate cat. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous, and, until recently, one of the least understood. Leopards hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen, secretively. They are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film accumulates the evidence and puts together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat. We learn how these cats rarely move without a completely premeditated strategy.

Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air (Episode #2705H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes -- they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

Siberian Tiger Quest (Episode #3001H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 -- 7:00 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, Jul 27, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 27, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey (Episode #2809)

KQED World: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of India's best protected tiger reserves. But suddenly and without warning Broken Tail abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, moving through farmland and scrub until he was killed by a train nearly 200 miles from his home. To track Broken Tail's incredible journey, Colin and his soundman, Salim, retrace the tiger's path and piece together the cub's last days - and through his story reveal the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Revealing The Leopard (Episode #2805)

KQED World: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Leopards are the ultimate cat. They are the ultimate cat. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous, and, until recently, one of the least understood. Leopards hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen, secretively. They are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film accumulates the evidence and puts together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat. We learn how these cats rarely move without a completely premeditated strategy.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

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

KQED World: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 1:00 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?

Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey (Episode #2809)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 12:00 PM

Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of India's best protected tiger reserves. But suddenly and without warning Broken Tail abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, moving through farmland and scrub until he was killed by a train nearly 200 miles from his home. To track Broken Tail's incredible journey, Colin and his soundman, Salim, retrace the tiger's path and piece together the cub's last days - and through his story reveal the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Revealing The Leopard (Episode #2805)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 11:00 AM

Leopards are the ultimate cat. They are the ultimate cat. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous, and, until recently, one of the least understood. Leopards hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen, secretively. They are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film accumulates the evidence and puts together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat. We learn how these cats rarely move without a completely premeditated strategy.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

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

KQED World: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 7:00 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?

Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey (Episode #2809)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 6:00 AM

Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of India's best protected tiger reserves. But suddenly and without warning Broken Tail abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, moving through farmland and scrub until he was killed by a train nearly 200 miles from his home. To track Broken Tail's incredible journey, Colin and his soundman, Salim, retrace the tiger's path and piece together the cub's last days - and through his story reveal the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Revealing The Leopard (Episode #2805)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

Leopards are the ultimate cat. They are the ultimate cat. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous, and, until recently, one of the least understood. Leopards hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen, secretively. They are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film accumulates the evidence and puts together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat. We learn how these cats rarely move without a completely premeditated strategy.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Crash: A Tale of Two Species (Episode #2507H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

This is the story of the fabric of life, and how every species is interconnected - each one important, no matter how big or small. At its center is the humble horseshoe crab, a creature that has remained virtually unchanged for three hundred million years. Not only an indispensable testing agent for drugs and vaccines, the crab's annual spring spawning produces millions of eggs that are the lifeline for a tiny bird called a Red Knot, which migrates 10,000 miles from South America to the Arctic each year. But horseshoe crab numbers are plummeting from their new use as bait for the fishing industry, dropping by two-thirds since 1990. And the precious pyramid depending on this age-old creature is about to come crashing down.

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Great Zebra Exodus (Episode #3013H)

KQED World: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

When thunderclouds begin to gather over Botswana's Kalahari each year, 20 000 zebras begin an ancient journey, as southern Africa's biggest animal migration gets underway. In a never-ending quest for grass and water, the striped herds make their epic trek across the vast otherworldly landscape of the Kalahari's Makgadikgadi Pans, through prides of lions, and past families of meerkats, taking on the desert salt pans in their own way. The story of this spectacular annual migration is told through the eyes of zebra stallions, their mares, and their young, revealing the trials and triumphs and the fascinating social bonds that hold zebra families together.

Animal Odd Couples (Episode #3003B)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 5:30 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 5:30 PM

The Animal House (Episode #2902)

KQED World: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Animals build homes for reasons very similar to our own, but they've been doing it for much longer. From a small depression in the sand to an elaborate, multi-chambered tunnel - animal structures can be simple or architectural marvels. In each case, the goal is the same - protection from predators and a nearby source of food. These structures, whether a nest, a burrow or a mound, are also the site of great dramas and extraordinary behaviors. From master builders like termites and beavers, to master decorators like the bowerbird, which places colorful flowers at the entrance to its nest, "The Animal House" will be a global look at the "homelife of wildlife."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Animal Odd Couples (Episode #3003B)

KQED 9: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

The Animal House (Episode #2902)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

Animals build homes for reasons very similar to our own, but they've been doing it for much longer. From a small depression in the sand to an elaborate, multi-chambered tunnel - animal structures can be simple or architectural marvels. In each case, the goal is the same - protection from predators and a nearby source of food. These structures, whether a nest, a burrow or a mound, are also the site of great dramas and extraordinary behaviors. From master builders like termites and beavers, to master decorators like the bowerbird, which places colorful flowers at the entrance to its nest, "The Animal House" will be a global look at the "homelife of wildlife."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers (Episode #2815H)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 -- 12:00 PM

Part 3 of 3: Arctic Wanderers - Chris Morgan travels to the far north of Alaska, the tiny North Slope town of Kaktovik. It's early November and winter is coming on. But each year, the polar bears struggle for extended periods on dwindling fat reserves, waiting for the opportunity to hunt on sea ice that takes longer to freeze. In early spring, Morgan joins local hunters in Barrow, the northernmost city in Alaska, as they go out on their own hunts, facing some of the same challenges as the bears. In late spring, Morgan travels to the North Slope of the Brooks Range, where countless thousands of caribou cover the ground for miles. The grizzlies are waiting for them, as they have for thousands of years.

Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North (Episode #2814H)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 -- 11:00 AM

Part 2 of 3: The Road North - This hour explores the world of black bears caught in the crossroads of urban development in Anchorage and the wilderness. This is a new normal for bears and for their human neighbors. Some bears are so comfortable living in urban surroundings that their primary habitat is a golf course. In residential areas, bears frequently raid garbage bins and birdfeeders for easy snacks. But these behaviors are less than ideal for bears and residents alike. Morgan heads north out of Anchorage to Denali National Park, where the mountains loom over treeless plains and bears get by on a diet of thousands of berries a day. The grizzlies share the enormous park with foxes, wolves, and moose - and with one intrepid bear biologist and his team. Morgan continues his journey north on a bone-shaking 610-mile motorcycle journey from Denali to Prudhoe Bay along the only Alaskan Highway to reach the Arctic. Prudhoe Bay, a once-pristine area at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, has been changed forever by the oil industry.

The Animal House (Episode #2902)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

Animals build homes for reasons very similar to our own, but they've been doing it for much longer. From a small depression in the sand to an elaborate, multi-chambered tunnel - animal structures can be simple or architectural marvels. In each case, the goal is the same - protection from predators and a nearby source of food. These structures, whether a nest, a burrow or a mound, are also the site of great dramas and extraordinary behaviors. From master builders like termites and beavers, to master decorators like the bowerbird, which places colorful flowers at the entrance to its nest, "The Animal House" will be a global look at the "homelife of wildlife."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers (Episode #2815H)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 -- 6:00 AM

Part 3 of 3: Arctic Wanderers - Chris Morgan travels to the far north of Alaska, the tiny North Slope town of Kaktovik. It's early November and winter is coming on. But each year, the polar bears struggle for extended periods on dwindling fat reserves, waiting for the opportunity to hunt on sea ice that takes longer to freeze. In early spring, Morgan joins local hunters in Barrow, the northernmost city in Alaska, as they go out on their own hunts, facing some of the same challenges as the bears. In late spring, Morgan travels to the North Slope of the Brooks Range, where countless thousands of caribou cover the ground for miles. The grizzlies are waiting for them, as they have for thousands of years.

Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North (Episode #2814H)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

Part 2 of 3: The Road North - This hour explores the world of black bears caught in the crossroads of urban development in Anchorage and the wilderness. This is a new normal for bears and for their human neighbors. Some bears are so comfortable living in urban surroundings that their primary habitat is a golf course. In residential areas, bears frequently raid garbage bins and birdfeeders for easy snacks. But these behaviors are less than ideal for bears and residents alike. Morgan heads north out of Anchorage to Denali National Park, where the mountains loom over treeless plains and bears get by on a diet of thousands of berries a day. The grizzlies share the enormous park with foxes, wolves, and moose - and with one intrepid bear biologist and his team. Morgan continues his journey north on a bone-shaking 610-mile motorcycle journey from Denali to Prudhoe Bay along the only Alaskan Highway to reach the Arctic. Prudhoe Bay, a once-pristine area at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, has been changed forever by the oil industry.

Kalahari: The Great Thirstland (Episode #2102H)

KQED World: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

For years, the Kalahari Desert can appear to be one of the most barren wastelands on earth. But its swirling hot sands hold unseen treasure - a swarming superabundance of life, brought forth by a brief season of sudden, unpredictable storms. Butterflies, termites and locusts burst forth in staggering numbers. Millions of quelea birds swirl in the sky like smoke. Most impressive is the giant bullfrog - the size of a dinner plate with a voice to match, this amphibian waits out the dry years entombed deep underground.

American Eagle (Episode #2603)

KQED World: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 -- 7:00 AM

Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent's most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. In the 1960s, this symbol of the United States became an emblem of environmental degradation, as the pesticide DDT and other human pressures brought it to the brink of extinction. Following their protection as an endangered species, bald eagles have come roaring back. Photographed by three-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, this first-ever HD hour on bald eagles focuses on the drama of the nest. Even in the best of times, it's a surprisingly tough struggle to maintain a one-ton home and raise chicks until they can hunt on their own. This is an intimate portrait of these majestic raptors' lives in the wild.

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  • KQED World: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 -- 1:00 PM

American Eagle (Episode #2603H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent's most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. In the 1960s, this symbol of the United States became an emblem of environmental degradation as the pesticide DDT and other human pressures brought it to the brink of extinction. Following their protection as an endangered species, bald eagles have come roaring back. Photographed by Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, this film focuses on the drama of the nest. Even in the best of times, it's a surprisingly tough struggle to maintain a one-ton home and raise chicks until they can hunt on their own.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 4, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 4, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Parrots in the Land of Oz (Episode #2506H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Parrots are everywhere in Australia. From the outrageous drumming palm cockatoo in the tropical rainforests, to the shameless red female eclectus parrot of the far north who keeps a harem of males, to the golden-shouldered parrot in the woodlands that excavates a nest in a termite mound, to the incredibly prolific budgerigars of the deserts, a spectacular array of parrots has evolved here. Big and small, rare and bizarre, colorful and intelligent, they are the most conspicuous and exotic birds on this amazing island continent.

Black Mamba (Episode #2703H)

KQED 9: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

The black mamba is one of Africa's most dangerous and feared snakes, known for being very aggressive when disturbed. Rearing up with its head four feet above the ground, it strikes with deadly precision, delivering venom that is packed with three different kinds of toxins and is ten times more deadly than needed to kill an adult human. Without treatment the mortality rate is 100%, the highest among all venomous snakes in the world. Until now, little has been known about the black mamba's natural behavior in the wild because in Africa most people kill a black mamba on sight and feel lucky to have done so. But in the tiny country of Swaziland in southern Africa, a team of herpetologists has an entirely different "take" on these creatures and hopes their six-week study will change public perception of what they feel is the world's most misunderstood snake.

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