Sex in the Wild
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Watch Wednesdays, July 16 – August 6, 2014 at 10pm on WMHT TV.

Sara Ramsden, Channel 4 Specialist Factual Commissioner, says: “SEX IN THE WILD includes some jaw-dropping revelations and amazing footage of animal births and mating behavior. You will never look at elephants in quite the same way again.”

“PBS is home to extraordinary science programming that covers all aspects of nature. SEX IN THE WILD provides a real and fascinating look at how four environmentally crucial species reproduce,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “For a 10 p.m. audience interested in knowing about the livelihood of key animal species and finding out how they can survive — and even thrive  — SEX IN THE WILD is both remarkable and revealing.”

Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and anatomist Dr. Joy S. Reidenberg, experts in animal reproduction, reveal the natural mating, birth and rearing behaviors of elephants, kangaroos, dolphins and orangutans, all while capturing rare, beautiful footage of these species in their natural habitats.

The series brings viewers a deep level of detail about these species’ mating methods and reproductive anatomies, and illustrates how scientists help preserve certain species for future generations, both in the wild and in a laboratory setting.

“Kangaroos, elephants, dolphins and orangutans each have unique and amazing sexual anatomies and reproductive cycles,” said Dr. Reidenberg, who has also brought INSIDE NATURE’S GIANTS to PBS viewers. “We have the opportunity to focus on the issues and challenges that each of these animal groups faces when it comes to the procreation of their species.”

Episodes depict how animals woo the opposite sex, mate, and raise their young in extreme environments.  The series highlights conservation and preservation efforts to protect endangered species, and explores growing attempts to safely control increasing populations of particular species, such as Botswana’s elephants.

Episodes include:

Elephants | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10pm

Reidenberg and Evans follow Kiti, a pregnant female elephant, through the birth of her baby. In addition, Evans travels with a group attempting to control the elephant population (and learns how to produce a bull elephant sperm sample) while also maintaining genetic diversity, through chemical birth control as Botswana copes with increasing numbers of animals. Additional airdate: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9pm on WORLD.

Orangutans | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10pm

Reidenberg and Evans travel to an orangutan sanctuary deep in the rainforest of Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of humans’ closest cousins — the orangutan. The team examines how the alpha male “kings” exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory. Devoting a lengthy seven years to raising a single orangutan baby is key to the success of the species — similar to humans. Additional airdate: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 9pm on WORLD.

Kangaroos | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10pm

The scientists chronicle the birth of a kangaroo joey and its development. The episode explores koala conservation efforts in Brisbane that use artificial insemination to boost the numbers of koala babies. Reidenberg visits a pioneering breeding program at the University of Adelaide to learn more about preservation efforts to save the extremely endangered southern brush-tailed rock-wallaby in South Australia. Additional airdate: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 9pm on WORLD.

Dolphins | Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 10pm

In this episode, Reidenberg travels to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategies and anatomies of dusky dolphins, who form mating groups that leap from the water in perfect unison. In a high-speed chase, males pursue females and rapidly mate with them — in just two seconds. Viewers can witness a dolphin birth and learn the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater. Additional airdate: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9pm on WORLD.