‘Nature’ explores the wild on Wednesday nights

Whether by land, air or water, experience compelling stories of the natural world from all over the globe as “Nature” returns to Arizona PBS Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

For years, this series has delivered the best in original natural history films to audiences nationwide. “Nature” has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including 16 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

Jan. 1: “Animal Reunions”

Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time. Watch via Passport.

Jan. 8: “The Whale Detective”

A filmmaker investigates his traumatic encounter with a 30-ton humpback whale that breached and almost landed on him while he was kayaking. What he discovers raises far bigger questions about humans’ relationship with whales and their future. Watch via Passport.

Jan. 15: “Hippos: Africa’s River Giants”

Go beneath the surface and meet Africa’s river giants, the hippos. Discover an unexpected side of these aquatic mammals that can’t even swim as hippos protect their families, face their enemies and suffer in a drought. Narrated by David Attenborough. Watch via Passport.

Jan. 22: “Wild Way of the Vikings”

Experience the natural world through the eyes of the Vikings. From the killer whales of the North Sea to the volcanic mounts of Iceland, see the deep history and cultural respect the Vikings had with the land and sea. Ewan McGregor narrates. Watch via Passport.

Jan. 29: “The Cheetah Children”

For nearly two years in the forested hills of Zimbabwe, wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter shadowed a wild cheetah family on foot, to reveal in intimate detail the cubs’ remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother’s dedication in raising them. Watch online.

Feb. 12: “Wild Florida”

Florida is home to beaches, coral reefs, pine forests and the famous Everglades wetland, but a growing human population and abandoned exotic pets like pythons are threatening this wild paradise. Can Florida’s ecosystems continue to weather the storm? Watch online.

Feb. 19: “The Mighty Weasel”

Discover the truth about the infamous weasel, often associated with unsavory behavior. Do these critters deserve their bad reputation? Follow the adventures of a first-time weasel mom, fearless honey badger and a tiny orphan weasel. Watch online.

Feb. 26: “Arctic Wolf Pack”

Discover the white wolf, one of the most hardened predators on the planet, in Ellesmere Island’s unforgiving ice and snow. In a fight for survival, these roaming hunters must travel far form the den to feed their cubs, putting them at risk.

Mar. 18: “Yosemite”

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

Mar. 25: “World’s Most Wanted Animal”

Join conservationist Maria Diekmann in the crusade to save pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the world. Learn about these little-known yet highly desired scaly mammals whose basic biology remains a mystery, hampering conservation efforts.

Apr. 1: “Cuba’s Wild Revolution”

In the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, Cuba stands as an emerald jewel whose history runs parallel with the natural world. As international relations thaw, what will become of this island paradise?

Apr. 8: “Remarkable Rabbits”

Wild rabbits can now be found all over the planet. There are 31 species of wild rabbits and 50 different domesticated breeds. Despite their remarkable ability to reproduce, many wild rabbits are in danger of being eradicated.

Apr. 15: “Naledi: One Little Elephant”

Born inside a sanctuary in the wilderness of Botswana, Naledi the baby elephant loses her mother and faces the world alone. It is not up to a devoted team of caretakers and researches to urge Naledi to survive and help find her place in the world.

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