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Animal Homes: Animal Cities (#3210) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own. For others, communal living provides multi-generational care-giving options or the opportunity to build enormous cities like the acre-wide multi-million-citizen colonies built by leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica, or Australia's Great Barrier Reef, built entirely by tiny corals.
- KQED World: Mon, Apr 27, 2015 -- 5:00am
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Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La (#3211) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 29, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
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Bears of the Last Frontier: City of Bears (#2813H) Duration: 56:16 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
In this 3-part mini-series, adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan takes us on a motorcycle odyssey deep into the wilds of Alaska. Over a punishing 2000 mile journey, Chris explores the amazing resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic Alaskan ecosystems - coastal, urban, mountain, tundra and pack ice. Living among these wild creatures for more than a year, Morgan immerses himself completely in their world, and reveals to us an astonishingly intimate portrait of North America's three bear species - black bears, grizzly bears and the might polar bear.
Part 1: City of Bears - Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. It is June in the Alaska Peninsula. The sun sets well into night and bears are taking advantage of the long days to feed, mate, and raise new cubs. Morgan tracks their progress as they feast on the riches of the season and re-establish the complex hierarchal social dynamics of bear society. Along the way, he experiences close encounters with bears, observing brutal battles among males during mating season as well as tender moments between a grizzly mom and her cubs.
Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North (#2814H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers (#2815H) Duration: 56:16 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
Parrot Confidential (#3103H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Their outrageous intelligence and uncanny ability to communicate in any language has made parrots one of the world's most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Hard wired for the wild, their ear-shattering squawks and unpredictable behavior are designed for the rain forest, not the suburbs. Add a lifespan of 50 plus years to their intense need to bond and a life in captivity often ends in disaster. With shelters and sanctuaries bursting at the seams, too many birds like Lou have no place to go.
- KQED 9: Wed, May 6, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
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Animal Childhood (#3212) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In every animal's life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, with no life lessons from parents to help them, no time to hone their survival skills. Others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye of a mentor or family member. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world as they prepare to leave home.
- KQED 9: Wed, May 13, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
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My Bionic Pet (#3108H) Duration: 55:15 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving their 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. We will meet these inspiring animals and the remarkable individuals whose work has helped them live their lives again.
The Sagebrush Sea (#3213) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West. This spartan yet spectacular landscape supports more than 170 species of hardscrabble birds and mammals. Among those that have adapted to survive here are birds found nowhere else: greater sage-grouse that lead remarkable lives mostly hidden in the sage. But once each year, males emerge for days on end to strut and display as prospective mates for discriminating females, which mate with only one or two of them. Females must then raise their chicks on their own, with little food, water or shelter to sustain them, while plenty of predators wait for their smallest mistake. Today, they must also contend with wells and pipelines tapping the resources buried deep below. The sagebrush and the grouse carry on, but they're losing ground.
- KQED 9: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 8:00pm Remind me
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Dogs That Changed The World, Pt. 1 - The Rise of the Dog (#2411H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVG
From the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest St. Bernard, all dogs claim the wolf as their ancestor. Using DNA analysis and other research, scientists have now pieced together the puzzle of canine evolution, creating a fascinating picture of some of the essential dogs vital to the canine population. Part one chronicles the evolution of dogs and how they infiltrated human society.
Dogs That Changed The World, Pt. 2 - Dogs by Design (#2412H) Duration: 55:46 SRND51 TVG
Part two examines the relationship between humans and dogs. Some working dogs are able to use their skills to perform tasks they were bred for; there are still jobs today for herders, hunters and guard dogs. But as we multiply and transform the many breeds of dogs, honing their looks and their sizes, we also change our relationship with them, and theirs with us.
Kangaroo Mob (#2905H) Duration: 55:16 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Meet the mob of street smart kangaroos moving into Australia's capital city and the ecologists following their every move. Over the course of one drought-stricken year we follow mob leader, Black Spot, and kangaroo mother, Madge, with her two young joeys -- mischievous Sonny and tiny pouch-bound Alice. Here is a look at what happens when human development encroaches on wildlife habitat and two very different species are forced to co-exist.