‘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.

June 17: “Spy in the Wild: Love”

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys. Watch online.

June 24: “Spy in the Wild: Intelligence”

Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap. Watch online.

July 1: “Spy in the Wild: Friendship”

Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds. Watch online.

July 8: “Spy in the Wild: Bad Behavior”

Infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught in the crossfire as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Spy Egret becomes a waterhole victim when elephants throw mud everywhere. Watch online.

July 15: “Spy in the Wild: Meet the Spies”

The final “making of” episode takes us through the evolution of Spy Creatures from the original BoulderCam to the PenguinCams that inspired the “spycams” in this series. Marvel and laugh at unexpected and funny moments from the Spy Creatures’ POV. Watch online.

July 22: “Animals with Cameras: Part 1”

See a side of the animal kingdom where humans can’t go when animals become the cinematographers. Astonishing collar-camera footage reveals newborn Kalahari Meerkats  below the ground for the first time, unveils the hunting skills of Magellanic penguins and follows the treetop progress of an orphaned chimpanzee. Watch online.

August 5: “Animals with Cameras: 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.

August 12: “Undercover in the Jungle”

Go undercover with a film crew on a perilous journey to the untouched wilderness of biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest. Meet some of the most incredible creatures, from pygmy marmosets to pumas, as the wild secrets of the jungle are revealed. Watch online.

August 19: “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.

August 26: “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.

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