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Baboon Society

Among the forested islands and wildlife-rich floodplains of Botswana lies the highest concentration of baboons in Africa. Get an inside look into the heart of baboon society.Swamp of the Baboons premieres Thursday December 16 at 8P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild. Meet some of the baboons… Boro: The Alpha When we join the swamp troop, Boro is…

Pet Python Attack

In the U.S., pet pythons can be a danger; killing or seriously injuring more than 20 people in the last ten years. A python’s constriction is powered by 10,000 muscles. A human arm has five. Python vs. Gator premieres Wednesday December 15 at 10P et/pt.Video Preview: Rescue firefighters get a 911 emergency call claiming “my roommate is being chocked…

Rescuing Baby Gators

About a year ago, the crew at Billie Swamp Safari rescued baby alligator hatchlings, but the time has come where they are big enough to fend for themselves. It’s a tough world out there for a baby alligator, where male alligators have been known to eat them. The gang at the nature preserve do their…

Fossil Hotspots

The northern Rift Valley stretches from Ethiopia across the Red Sea to the Jordan River valley. It is the rift’s wildest corner in every sense – harsh, hot and volcanically active. In the Afar Triangle, shared by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti, three continental plates collide. Below the Earth’s surface, hell breaks loose. The volcanic landscape…

The Sardine Gauntlet

A gigantic sardine run must traverse through waters rife with predators waiting to snack on the tiny fish. Restless Planet: Eat or Be Eaten airs Wednesday December 1 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.

Nomads of Africa

The wildebeest migration is one of the best known wild events, yet wildebeests are not the only animals to travel vast distances en mass to ensure the survival of their species.  Meet some wild marathoners who take epic journeys, including the flying critters from the worlds largest bat colony and the truly breathtaking Christmas Island…

Underwater Alien Planet

With more underwater creatures than anywhere else on the planet and ten times more biodiversity than Caribbean reefs, scientists travel 10,000 ft. down in the Celebes Sea to explore the bizarre and the undiscovered. Into the Abyss airs Tuesday November 30 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild. Video Preview: Scientists send an ROV to the…

Big Cat Week Is Coming

Powerful. Deadly. Beautiful. Endangered. Big cat species often define and dominate the ecosystems in which they are found. Animals of incredible strength and skill, big cats are revered predators that face an epic battle for survival. They have enthralled us and captured our imaginations. Theirs is the story of the wild. Nat Geo Wild presents…

Rain Forest Chimps

Researchers are learning that chimps, like humans, display cultural differences. Watch a video preview of tonight’s episode of Africa’s Great Rift: Chimps Among the Lakes airing at 9P et/pt.

Parrott Poachers

The Scarlet Macaw fetches big bucks on the black market, and poachers will do anything to lay their hands on one. Restless Planet: Eat or Be Eaten premieres Tuesday November 23 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.

Catching a Sawfish

The Strike Force team travels to the remote northern tip of Australia to help capture and transport two live sawfish for a breeding program. Strike Force: Operation Sawfish premieres Monday November 22 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.  Video Preview: The team makes their first catch!  A seven-foot sawfish is in the net.

Tortoise Eats Screws

By Julia Reusch, My Dog Ate What? Producer This season we tried something a little different in My Dog Ate What.  We added one story for each episode featuring an animal that wasn’t a dog.  While it was a little more difficult to find good stories, it was definitely worth it.  I produced the story…

By Jon Losciale, My Dog Ate What? Producer Myla was only a few months old when she shocked everyone by eating a pincushion and the over twenty-five pins and needles stuck in it at the time.  After the incident the family was able to look back and realize they shouldn’t have been that shocked considering…

Hunting for Snake Venom

Strike Force Production Crew Diary It’s obvious, when you’re dealing with highly venomous animals you have to be very careful. But when you’re filming a documentary about two scientists that handle deadly animals all the time, you have to be very careful. They make it look so easy, they make handling these killers look like…

Veterinary Magic

By Cyndi Haas, My Dog Ate What Producer I am constantly amazed by the quick thinking and pure talent of the vet techs on these shoots. Moreover, their expertise is not limited to veterinary medicine. No, many of these experts would make fantastic props people or special effects technicians. Willie was a dachshund who ate…

Many believe that elephants are just big, docile vegetarians, but around the world, elephants kill roughly 500 people every year, more than sharks, bears, and big cats. Are elephants violent beasts hell bent on revenge or intelligent creatures pushed to the brink? Pittsburgh Zoo elephant manager, Willie Theison, also known as “The Elephant Whisperer,” ventures…

Dog Accidentally Overdoses

Video Preview: A loyal but curious siberian husky gets his nose into some muscle relaxants and comes extremely close to death.My Dog Ate What: 28 Tampons, Muscle Relaxants, and a Needle premieres Wednesday November 3 at 9P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.

Washington D.C.’s Jumping Rats

Rats have been vilified and associated with disease and filth but why have they been so successful in outsmarting our best efforts to combat them?  Take an in-depth look at these clever creatures to reveal their supreme agility, remarkable adaptability, and shockingly witty minds.  See how scientists are trying to put their intelligence to use…

Extreme Animal Extractions

They hit our homes, hang out at our favorite restaurants, even tee up at the neighborhood golf course. Animals running amuck and crossing the line of comfort. They want to lead a cushy life, too – but when they get too close, the safest bet is to back off and let the experts take over.…

Siamang Swing

The Houston Zoo is continually trying to improve the lives of the animals in its care, and is completing construction on a six-acre multimillion-dollar African forest to house some of its star inhabitants. Zoo Confidential: Urban Jungle premieres on Nat Geo Wild Tuesday October 26 at 9P et/pt. Video Preview: Zookeepers install bamboo-like poles in…

When Polar Bears Attack

Examine the incredible size, speed and strength of some of the world’s biggest bears – the polar bear, brown bear and black bear. All native to North America, these formidable creatures can weigh more than 1,000 pounds, outrun an Olympic sprinter and take out prey with a single bite or swipe of the paw. Ultimate…

Carnivorous Baboon Rage

Eye of the Leopard tracks one cat for a remarkable three years in Botswana. She’s called Legadema, or “Light from the Sky,” and we follow her from the first vulnerable days as a cub all the way to developing into one of the most feared predators. Eye of the Leopard airs on Nat Geo Wild…

Viper Venom

Vipers have been evolving their way to the top of the reptile heap for millions of years. Armed with an amazing arsenal of deadly tools, vipers have proven to be remarkably successful predators. Sharpened by millennia of natural selection, vipers have used these advanced traits to penetrate almost every continent on the globe. But in…

Sick Kitty

A female ocelot, an endangered species native to Texas, comes down with a mystery illness and needs major surgery when blood is discovered in her urine. Zoo Confidential: Operation Ocelot premieres on Nat Geo Wild Tuesday October 19 at 9P et/pt. Video Preview: The zoo is worried about why an extremely adorable young ocelot is…

Herpes Virus Found in Elephants

A scientist who is an expert in human herpes is brought in to investigate the herpes virus that is killing some elephants. Zoo Confidential: Operation Ocelot premieres on Nat Geo Wild Tuesday October 19 at 9P et/pt. Video Preview: This zoo is working with Baylor College in Houston to help eliminate the deadly herpes virus…