‘Nature’ highlights the story of cats, snow monkeys and an arctic wolf pack

“Nature” shows the world from an animal point of view each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Dec. 6

“The Sagebrush Sea”
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. Amidst this massive expanse of sagebrush, the greater sage-grouse lead remarkable lives, but today they must also contend with wells and pipelines tapping the resources deep below. Watch online.

Dec. 13

“Soul of the Elephant”
Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. Watch online.

Dec. 20

“The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa”
Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats. Watch online.

Dec. 27

“The Story of Cats: Into the Americas”
Track the story of cats into the Americas, from battles with the rival Canids, to the rise of domestic cats. Meet the mighty jaguar, the urban mountain lion, the curious ocelot, the Canada lynx, the nimble margay, the Siamese cat and the Sphynx. Watch online.

Jan. 3

“Snow Monkeys”
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his disposition. Watch via Passport.

Jan. 10

Yosemite is a land forged in wildfire and sculpted by water, but with climate change, water is scarcer and fire more common. Join scientists and adventurers to investigate how these global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses. Watch online.

Jan. 17

“Arctic Wolf Pack” New
At the very northern edge of North America is Ellesmere Island, where the unforgiving Arctic winds tear through the tundra dipping temperatures to 50 below zero. But running through this shifting sea of snow and ice is one of the most hardened predators on the planet, the white wolf.  With their herds of prey continuing to move, these wolves desperately race to keep up and bring back a kill to the hungry mothers and cubs. Watch via Passport.

Jan. 24

“Animal Misfits”
Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits: odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival.  But surprising details about how evolution really works show that even the misfits are remarkably well-adapted to their niche in life. Watch online.

Jan. 31

“Animals with Cameras: A Nature Miniseries” New
Witness the secret lives of animals as never before, as this three-part series uncovers truly unprecedented behavior. See a side of the animal kingdom where humans can’t go when animals become the cinematographers. In Part 1, astonishing collar-camera footage reveals newborn Kalahari Meerkats below ground for the first time, unveils the hunting skills of Magellanic penguins in Argentina, and follows the treetop progress of an orphaned chimp in Cameroon. Watch online.

Feb. 7

“Animals with Cameras: A Nature Miniseries” New
Part 2. The cameras capture young cheetahs learning to hunt in Namibia, reveal how fur seals of an Australian island evade the great white sharks offshore, and help solve a conflict between South African farmers and Chacma baboons. Watch online.

Feb. 14

“Animals with Cameras: A Nature Miniseries” New
Part 3. Deep-dive with Chilean devil rays in the Azores, track brown bears’ diets in Turkey and follow dogs protecting flocks of sheep from gray wolves in Southern France. Watch online.

Feb. 21

“The Last Rhino” New
Meet Sudan, the last male of his kind, the northern white rhino, living in a Kenyan sanctuary under 24-hour armed guard. Trace his harrowing journey as scientists and animal experts race to save the species before it dies out forever.

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