Sex in the Wild
In this series, comparative anatomist Professor Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans explore the life and death struggles of earth's greatest species as they attempt to reproduce in some of the most hostile environments on earth. From the very first mating calls - through some fabulously flirtatious foreplay - to heart-stopping births where the lives of mother and baby hang in the balance, the series examines the wonderful, weird and sometimes wacky world of animal reproduction.
Elephants (#101H) Duration: 55:41 STEREO TV14
Joy and Mark travel to Africa to explore the unique reproduction challenges of the largest animal on land - the elephant. Find out how females select the strongest mates, why elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom and how they safely deliver a 220-pound baby; witness the remarkable first steps of a newborn calf.
Orangutans (#102H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14
Joy and Mark travel to Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of our close cousin - the orangutan. The largest tree dwellers on the planet, orangutans mate, give birth and raise their young high in the jungle canopy. At an orangutan sanctuary in the rainforest, Mark and Joy come face-to-face with a super-male and uncover the latest scientific theories about how these kings exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory. Joy witnesses the sneaky tactics that the females use to take control of mating and Mark finds out how males fight back. The lengthy period dedicated to raising one child is critical to the success of orangutans and all the other great apes - including us.
Kangaroos (#103H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14
In Australia, Joy and Mark uncover the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth - the pouch-wearing marsupials. Thanks to their bizarre way of reproducing, kangaroos thrive in one of the most unpredictable, drought-prone environments on Earth - the Australian Outback. In Queensland's eucalyptus forests, he sees how tree-living marsupials - koalas - have mastered gravity-defying sex. At a kangaroo sanctuary, Joy witnesses a tiny newborn's first steps as it crawls to the pouch, and in Adelaide, she learns how endangered rock wallabies are being saved using foster mothers. During a kangaroo dissection, she learns what makes marsupial reproductive anatomy unique.
Dolphins (#104H) Duration: 55:10 STEREO TV14
In this episode, Reidenberg travels to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategies and anatomies of dusky dolphins, who form mating groups that leap from the water in perfect unison. In a high-speed chase, males pursue females and rapidly mate with them - in just two seconds. Viewers can witness a dolphin birth and learn the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater.