‘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.

Oct. 23: “Okavango: River of Dreams: Paradise”

See the landscape and wildlife of the Upper Okavango River. A lioness severely injured by a buffalo is left for dead by her pride. Now handicapped, she has to survive in the swamp alone, hunting to feed her little cubs. Watch online.

Oct. 30: “Okavango: River of Dreams: Limbo”

See the landscape and wildlife of the “Middle River,” the delta of the Okavango River. A hyena and a warthog family share neighboring dens, helping each other by keeping an eye on threatening predators, such as lions and leopards.  Watch online.

Nov. 6: “Okavango: River of Dreams: Inferno”

Discover the landscape and wildlife of the Lower Okavango River, where the land is baked dry by the scorching sun. Large herds of zebra and wildebeest migrate to the dry plains in search of the precious salt that these animals need. Watch online.

Nov. 13: “Nature’s Biggest Beasts”

Discover the ingenious strategies that nature’s biggest beasts employ to conquer their environments, from the Komodo dragon with a deadly bite to the tallest giraffe to the bird-eating armored ground cricket. These are their epic survival stories. (Also Sat. 11/16 at 6 p.m.) Watch online.

Nov. 20: “Bears”

Follow the adventures of bears across the globe, from grizzlies to pandas to sloth bears, as they draw on their brains, brawn and unique adaptations to survive. Find out what it really takes to be a bear in today’s ever-changing world. (Also Thu. 11/21 at 1 a.m.; Sat. 11/23 at 6 p.m.)

Nov. 27: “Hotel Armadillo”

Welcome to the “Hotel Armadillo,” where the elusive giant armadillo digs a daily hole deep in the Brazilian rainforest and leaves behind a suite for 25 species of jungle clientele. Join biologist Arnaud Desbiez as he “checks in” the exotic guests. (Also Thu. 11/28 at 1 a.m.)

Dec. 11: “Raising the Dinosaur Giant”

Witness the work of paleontologists bringing the largest dinosaur ever discovered to virtual life. Sir David Attenborough guides us through the remarkable process, connecting the dots with living examples, other dinosaur discoveries and CGI visuals. (Also Thu. 12/12 at 1 a.m.; Sat. 12/14 at 6 p.m.)

Dec. 18: “Snowbound: Animals of Winter”

Travel across the snow globe with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan to meet animal survivors of the winter, from the penguins of Antarctica to the Arctic fox and the bison of Yellowstone. Snow looks magical, but it’s a harsh reality to these animals. (Also Thu. 12/19 at 1 a.m.; Sat. 12/21 at 6 p.m.)

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. (Also Sat. 1/4 at 6 p.m.)

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. (Also Sat. 1/11 at 6 p.m.)

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. (Also Sat. 1/18 at 6 p.m.)

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. (Also Sat. 1/25 at 6 p.m.)

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.

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