There are so many reasons — from the adorable to the flat-out amazing — not to miss any of the “EARTH A New Wild” series on AETN in February, it’s impossible to list them all. But, to give you an idea of the incredible stories and outstanding perspective you’ll experience, check out a favorite feature from each episode.
1.) Baby Pandas
Okay, so, you might have seen that one coming. Between our earlier gushing, or Hoda’s gushing on "The Today Show," or just the unbearable cuteness of it all, it’s been hard to miss footage of these adorable little guys in the China Conservation & Research Centre for the Giant Panda at Wolong National Nature Reserve - in China, where they’ve managed to crack the panda breeding code. But these bears — which, we’ll be reminded, are bears, not just cute and cuddly caricatures — are an example of an amazing conservation project. Don’t miss seeing how Chinese scientists are working to move beyond breeding and into the delicate task of reintroducing panda bears into the wild.
Other can’t miss features: Paragliding with vultures, chimpanzee exploration with Dr. Jane Goodall, close encounters with genuine man-eating tigers and bats’ vital service in Texas
(IMAGE CREDIT: Sitka Herring Festival)
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see a greener way to produce caviar. Instead of the unsustainable process of harvesting killing the herring to harvest roe as has been done in the past, in the Canadian Great Bear Rainforest, the first-nations peoples have returned to a traditional process of using hemlock branches to collect the eggs from the Pacific Herring run. If you don’t look closely, you might think the branches are snow-covered! And the diverse wild life who have a taste for the finer things in life themselves? Outstanding - eagles, bears, three kinds of whales … even wolves. You’ll have to see it to believe it!
Forget Katy Perry’s back-up dancers. In this episode you’ll get something even more wild … Lemon Shark labor and delivery! Sanjayan acts as a midwife and discovers how people are necessary to help the shark pups make it to a safe haven.
In the United States, the Colorado River - which flows through the Grand Canyon — is mighty, powerful, and awe-inspiring. But south of our borders, our agricultural choices have stopped it from reaching the ocean … in less than a generation.