Sunday, July 3 at 8:00 p.m.
The Gorilla King
In 1974, renowned primatologist Dian Fossey introduced a young researcher named Kelly Stewart to a gorilla family Fossey was studying. Stewart, daughter of actor Jimmy Stewart, was the first to see a tiny new baby gorilla, whom she named Titus. Her journal entry began the up-close observation of his life that researchers have continued to this day. Titus’ turbulent life story. At 33 years old, the 400-pound silverback Titus has ruled for nearly half his life, an astonishing feat given the early trials he faced. When Titus was four, his father was slaughtered by poachers. Shortly after, his infant sister was killed in a coup attempt by an interloper named Beetsme. That wasn’t unusual; when a male outsider takes over a group, he will kill all the infants and sire his own offspring. Titus’ mother and other sister fled, leaving him orphaned and abandoned.
Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Oceans in Glass tells the intriguing story of how the aquarium successfully exhibited a great white shark for a record-breaking 198 days. Historically, it has been impossible to keep great whites in captivity, primarily because of their notorious refusal to eat. But the aquarium was given the opportunity to put its expertise and years of preparation to the test with a young female caught accidentally in a fishing net. Many of the visitors lucky enough to see the great white during her stay at the aquarium found their instinctive fear of sharks was overcome by awe and appreciation.
Sunday, July 17 at 8:00 p.m.
In the Valley of Wolves
As the first wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone, the Druids are the most celebrated wolf pack in North America. Pioneers in the wilderness, they were at the heart of a massive scientific experiment to restore an entire ecosystem that began to break down without its wolves. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bob Landis spent more than three years with the these remarkable wolves, creating a spectacularly dramatic and intimate record of their lives, their great battles with rival wolf packs and the changing fortunes of the coyotes and foxes who share their home range in Yellowstone's beautiful Lamar Valley.
Sunday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m.
The Cheetah Orphans
Veteran filmmaker Simon King takes on the role of mother to two cheetah cubs, Toki and Sambu, orphaned when their mother was killed by a lion. It's a two-year emotional rollercoaster, from terrifying stand-offs with rhinos and leopards to some of the most intimate moments of cheetah life ever captured on film. The cubs evolve into sleek hunters, spending more and more time on their own. But for Simon, it's a nervous time. Can they survive the dangers of the bush?
Sunday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m.
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The black mamba is one of Africa’s most dangerous and feared snakes, known for being aggressive when disturbed. Rearing up with its head four feet above the ground, it strikes with deadly precision, delivering venom that is packed with three different kinds of toxins 10 times more deadly than needed to kill an adult human. But in the tiny country of Swaziland in southern Africa, a team of herpetologists has an entirely different “take” on these creatures and hopes their six-week study will change public perception of what they feel is the world’s most misunderstood snake.