The Beauty of Ugly
Sunday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
From hagfish to naked mole rats, warthogs to proboscis monkeys to the ugliest bug in Oklahoma, NATURE explores how and why ugly can be beautiful — even when it isn't pretty.
In the Valley of the Wolves
Sunday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
Three years in the making, this is the dramatic saga of Yellowstone’s Druid wolf pack, its turf wars with rival packs and the fate of the wolves’ Lamar Valley ecosystem. Filmed in high definition (HD).
Invasion of the Giant Pythons
Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered mammals, trees, plants, birds and turtles, as well as half a million alligators. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders — more than 15 species of parrot, 75 kinds of fish and 30 different reptiles — from places as far away as Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. All of the intruders found their way into the park either by accidental escape from pet owners or intentional release by people no longer wishing to care for an exotic species. Add to the mix tens of thousands of giant pythons, snakes that can grow to 20 feet and weigh nearly 300 pounds. The predatory pythons slithered into this protected wilderness and thrived, and the refuge has consequently become less a haven than a killing ground every day since then.
Is That Skunk?
Sunday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
It’s a familiar but mysterious creature in woods and neighborhoods all across America. Its infamous weapon is one of the most awful scents in all of nature. Now, intrepid researchers and cameramen track skunks day and night across California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio, even Martha’s Vineyard, uncovering how they hunt, forage, mate and raise amazingly cute babies — all the things they’re up to when they’re not spraying the local dog. And yes, the remarkable secrets of that stink will be revealed!
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