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WINNER, 5 EMMY AWARDS Southern Sea Otters are once again in peril, after having being brought back from the brink of extinction. Threatened investigates the history and potential causes for the otter's decline, as well as the controversy over how best to protect the otter population. An unprecedented number of…
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The Unnatural History of the Kakapo
Once thought extinct, the Kakapo are now the world's rarest and strangest wild parrot -- a flightless, nocturnal bird with an odd mating call. With a lifespan up to 120 years, the Kakapo were one of the most widespread birds on New Zealand until humans began a long process of…
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Nestled in the mountains of China's Sichuan Province is the Wolong Nature Reserve. Here, forty giant pandas and a dedicated team are playing a crucial role in increasing the country's dwindling panda population, which currently stands at just one thousand. To increase the chances of baby panda cubs surviving, a…
No Otter Zone
Sea Otters were once abundant from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula all the way to Baja California, Mexico. High demand for their fur coats led to intense hunting that reduced their numbers to near-extinction levels The otter population is now coming back, thanks to the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal…
Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands
For millennia, the bald eagle was an important avian predator in the Channel Islands just off the coast of Southern California. Then in the early 1960's the bald eagles disappeared entirely due to egg collecting, hunting, and extensive DDT contamination. In 1980 a young graduate student, Dave Garcelon, decided to…
Reef Reborn
Part of the Series: On the Brink
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History Of Life: Extinction – An End and a New Beginning
Part of the Series: History of Life
Mass extinctions have shaped and reshaped the landscape of life on earth throughout its history. In this program we chronicle the history of mass extinctions and their effect on evolution. We learn that these events not only destroy life, but also create the fertile ground from which life can take…
From Billions to None
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Call of Life: Facing Mass Extinction
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Leading the charge to save Asian tigers are the intelligence gatherers: three biologists from three very different countries. Their mission is to understand tigers, and their weapon is science. The challenge these biological detectives face is enormous -- over the last century tiger numbers have plummeted by 95%. But despite…