Defenders of the Wild

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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.
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.
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.
S3, EP5 "Ground Hornbill: Redemption Song"Southern ground hornbills are a fascinating species, yet increasingly under threat.
S3, EP6 "Ancient Medicine, Modern Times"Exploring the modern reality of ancient beliefs.
S3, EP7 "K'gari Dingoes: Leading the Pack"Ivan explores Australia's K'gari Island, home to a stronghold of pure dingo genetics.
S3, EP8 "Don't Poke the Bear!"Landowners, scientists and houndsmen work together to ensure the health of black bear populations.
S3, EP9 "The Devil Ark"Tasmanian devils are unique hunters that have become highly threatened in their native habitat.
S3, EP10 "Koalas: Protecting an Icon"Australia is home to one of the most recognised species on the planet: the koala.
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.
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.
S2, EP11 "Human-Wildlife Conflict"In many areas of urban Africa, troops of primates become a severe nuisance; Ivan engages with wildlife managers to explore the realities of this problem and ways to live with these cute pests.
S2, EP1 "Pangolin Conservation"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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