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Defenders of the WildConservationist Ivan Carter seeks solutions to create a balanced wildlife ecosystem; experts join Carter to spotlight the conservation efforts happening worldwide.
S2, EP3 "Africa's Painted Dogs"Wild dogs are one of Africa's most endangered canines, likely with less than 6000 remaining in the wild; Ivan engages with a specialist team to participate in an initiative growing their home range.
S2, EP7 "Leopard: Night Stalker"Leopards are incredibly successful predators due to their stealth; Ivan joins a team to attempt to capture and collar a leopard in an area where little is known about these elusive cats, at night.
S2, EP8 "Diving With Tigers"The Bahamas is so much more than a beach resort destination; Ivan engages with the locals and learns about the health of the underwater ecosystem, diving with the fiercest predators: tiger sharks.
S2, EP9 "Desert Hyenas"The Namibian coastline is home to the brown hyena; Ivan spends time at an isolated seal colony where a research project is revealing their secrets.
S2, EP10 "Seals: The Plastic Predicament"Namibia is home to Africa's largest seal colonies due to the rich marine life; this abundance leads to competition with humans for resources; Ivan joins an NGO removing plastic from unlucky seals.
S3, EP1 "Man-Eating Crocodiles"Loss of life and limb to crocodiles is an all too common affair on the Cubango River in northern Namibia. Ivan takes to the ground to investigate, catch, and tag these man-eating crocs.
S2, EP4 "The Vulture Market"Vultures are vital to ecosystems, yet their numbers have been plummeting; Ivan heads into an African medicine market where vulture parts are traded and joins research efforts to protect the species.
S3, EP2 "Zoos: Hope for the Future"Ivan visits the San Antonio Zoo, an international hub for scientific research and education, and discovers how public outreach is shaping the modern conservation landscape.
S2, EP5 "Tribal Community Conservation"Ivan visits a community-led conservation initiative that is both cherishing and benefitting from the rewilding of a large landscape.
S3, EP3 "Mountain Lion: Hiding in Plain Sight"Mountain lions are an enigmatic species, making them a challenge to study. Ivan finds himself waist deep in snow in Central Utah with a team of researchers attempting to collar these iconic cats.
S2, EP6 "Alligator: Beyond the Leather"Alligators were brought to the brink of extinction by the leather trade; Ivan engages with the modern day commercial trade of gators and sees how this practice is securing a future for the species.
S3, EP4 "The Elephant in the Room"Conservationist Ivan Carter seeks solutions to create a balanced wildlife ecosystem; experts join Carter to spotlight the conservation efforts happening worldwide.
S3, EP5 "Ground Hornbill: Redemption Song"Southern ground hornbills are a fascinating species, yet increasingly under threat.
S3, EP11 "Zoos: The Wild and the Wonderful"Ivan learns how zoos support the conservation of animals in the wild and bolster endangered species.
S2, EP2 "Cheetahs: A Race Against Time"Ivan explores the current state of the fastest animals on earth, their conservation and their future; he participates in the delicate operations of the capture and moving of several individuals.
S2, EP1 "Africa's Most Trafficked"Ivan joins a team of wildlife detectives on a sting operation to rescue a pangolin that is being illegally sold; he then learns how these animals are rehabilitated and released.
S1, EP13 "Deer in the Frigid Prairie"White-tailed deer are synonymous with America, yet few know what's required to manage its population; Ivan joins the team in South Dakota to collar whitetail deer to study their survival rates.
S1, EP12 "Game Capture: Snares & Tactics"Since some African countries allow for private ownership of wildlife, this generated an industry of trade that hoped to rejuvenate the fauna of the land; the team uses unique high-stakes methods to capture various species.
S1, EP11 "The Bear Necessities"Research has informed biologists about how to protect bear species, but gathering the data requires collaring them; biologists must crawl into their dens during hibernation and dart them, then apply collars.
S1, EP10 "Elephants & Humans Sharing Spaces"Human-wildlife conflict is prevalent across Africa, so to mitigate conflicts, Ivan joins Roger Whittall to collar bull elephants to create an early warning system for surrounding communities.
S1, EP9 "Rhinos: A Healthy Landscape"Rhinos are threatened due to demand for their horns in Asia, so Ivan heads to the frontlines, where poaching events are a weekly occurrence, and explains conservation measures used to protect them.
S1, EP8 "Lwiro Primates: Sanctuary"The rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned chimpanzees from the bushmeat and pet trade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
S1, EP7 "Quail: The Health of the Land"Quail populations in Texas are a crucial indicator species that are the canary in the coal mine for ecosystem health.
S1, EP6 "Giraffes: Giants Never Sleep"Giraffe Conservation Foundation is taking action across the continent to save the giraffe.
S1, EP5 "Bison, Not Buffalo"Understanding the history of bison populations in the U.S., and the current state of their protection, getting involved in collaring efforts in the Henry Mountains.
S1, EP4 "Delta Defenders: Poachers Beware!"Anti-poaching laws, community meat drops and upliftment initiatives are returning wildlife to the Zambezi Delta.
S1, EP3 "Bighorn Sheep: Banging Heads!"Hunter's dollars fund sheep conservation across the U.S. and the story is told through a hands-on translocation reestablishing historic home range for bighorn sheep.
S1, EP2 "The Once and Future Kings"Dr. Dave Gaynor conducts a natural experiment and introduces lions and cheetahs into the Zambezi Delta to look at the role apex predators play, prey and adapt in the ecosystem.
S1, EP1 "Elephants: Land of Tusks"Hands-on participation in an ambitious project to translocate 100 elephants to repopulate some of Africa's depleted national parks.
Conservationist Ivan Carter seeks solutions to create a balanced wildlife ecosystem; experts join Carter to spotlight the conservation efforts happening worldwide.
Original Air Date: Sep 17, 2022
Genres: NatureDocuseriesTV Series
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