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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
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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…
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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…
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In the U.S. Virgin Islands, green iguanas are dramatically increasing in number and spreading. The situation has left most humans and iguanas scratching their heads about how to get by in the fast-changing island environment. The film engages in a lively debate about when and where animals are welcome, and…
Reef Reborn
Part of the Series: On the Brink
Coral reefs are the "rainforests of the sea", home to nearly 1/4 of the ocean's marine species. Discover how revolutionary new technology is providing a glimmer of hope for Bali's once magnificent coral reefs. Most of Bali's coral reefs and the marine live that once teemed around them have been…
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