Original air date: 08/09/2017 Runtime: 46:11 min. On the harsh and unforgiving plains of central Namibia, Africa, a young honey badger named Grit has just left home to venture out in the great, wide world, but it won’t be easy. Fewer than half of all young honey badgers survive their first few weeks on their own, as they deal with intense heat, starvation, and round-the-clock threats from the many predators of the savannah. In a world where every day is as relentless as the last, Grit will need resourcefulness, resilience, and a little bit of luck in order to survive.
Original air date: 08/16/2017 Runtime: 46:11 min. Two miles from the bustling towns of southern India, the lush Western Ghats rainforest harbors a sacred but deadly deity, the king cobra. Reaching lengths of up to 18 feet and packing enough venom to kill an elephant with a single strike, this apex predator is both revered and feared by its human neighbors. But right now, the imposing beast isn’t looking for a fight. He’s looking for love. It’s mating season in the Western Ghats, a period when most human-snake conflicts occur, and it’s up to an expert wrangler, Gowri Shankar, to keep the peace.
Original air date: 10/18/2017 Runtime: 46:11 min. In Africa’s Simien Mountains, Braveheart is the undisputed king of his gelada family. For four years, he has fought off predators, kept the peace, and in return, has had his pick of potential mates. But now, his reign is under siege by a pack marauding males, led by Braveheart’s younger brother, Tiko, who has a score to settle. Witness this royal battle up close as we enter the most complex social structure of any animal except humans, one where women rule the roost and have final say on who sits on the throne and for how long.
Original air date: 11/08/2017 Runtime: 46:11 min. In Rwanda, Africa, a new era is dawning after a brutal civil war ripped through the country, killing close to two million people and wiping out its most iconic wildlife: the regal lion. Now, 25 years later, the big cats are being reintroduced to the region to reclaim their throne. Follow this magnificent seven, a collection of five females and two males, as they travel thousands of miles from South Africa to Akagera National Park and attempt to figure out their new land, form relationships, and restore the pride of a nation.
Original air date: 11/15/2017 Runtime: 46:11 min. In the heart of India, young tiger Kumal has been banished from his home. Hungry and alone, he must develop his skills as a predator and a fighter if he has any hope of surviving. But his journey will prove to be long and dangerous, fraught with challenges from a variety of foes, including a fierce rogue male tiger and nearby villagers on an aggressive campaign to hunt him down and kill him. Follow Kumal as he runs for his life, searching to find a territory of his own as well as a mate to continue his legacy.
Original air date: 12/13/2017 Runtime: 51:11 min. It’s fall in Panama. Across the U.S., birds fly south for the winter, jaguars and coyotes navigate the jungle corridors, and hundreds of sea turtles take over the beaches. This narrow isthmus is a vital pit stop for millions of migrating animals, but it’s currently in danger. Development, pollution, and climate change threaten to disrupt this fragile throughway. Researchers are scrambling to address these challenges, using cutting-edge tracking devices to follow the animals and protect the millions that journey along this unique cross-continental passageway.
Original air date: 12/20/2017 Runtime: 44:11 min. The Badlands of America: a geological phenomenon that provides a 75-million-year history lesson, presented layer by colorful layer. By all appearances, it’s a hostile place to live. But half a million years ago, the elements began carving out a stretch of rich grassland that brims with life every spring and summer. Join us as we meet the unique cast of characters that inhabit this boomtown, such as American bison, cliff swallows, and the bustling prairie dog.
Original air date: 07/11/2018 Runtime: 44:11 min. Meet the “Five Musketeers,” five inseparable lion brothers raised in the ancient Namib Desert. When they eventually become independent from their mothers, they venture into the desert in search of their own kingdom—a journey fraught with treacherous terrain and conflict. Follow a remarkable desert coalition and see how one lion, despite hardship and loss, attempts to keep the legacy of the musketeers alive.