Episodes

  • QUICK BITES: She may have a sweet disposition, but would you give “mouth-to-snout” CPR to a spiky mammal the size of a cocker spaniel?

  • QUICK BITES: Former law enforcement officer Petronel Nieuwoudt traded her badge for a poop-smeared uniform and founded the largest orphan rhino sanctuary in the world.

  • QUICK BITES: Can an ancient breed of dog solve a modern-day problem? If that problem is cheetahs vs. farmers, then yes, they can.

  • QUICK BITES: After her family is murdered, orphan gorilla Muyisa meets other Grauer's gorillas for the first time in three years. Dr. Sonya Kalenberg tells Muyisa's amazing story.

  • QUICK BITES: Do hummingbirds have anything in common with helicopters? What about snakes? Find out about this tiny bird’s incredible adaptations.

  • QUICK BITES: When a gorilla grunts like a pig, it actually makes the gorilla seem human. Check out the tale of the 500-pound babysitter with a heart of gold.

  • QUICK BITES: Round-the-clock nursing may be the norm when raising humans, but a human feeding jellybean-sized baby hummingbirds three times an hour takes real dedication. 

  • QUICK BITES: Dr. Julie Barnes bravely takes on the task of avoiding the six-inch, razor-sharp claws of a mama anteater at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Milking a cow is pretty tame compared to this.

  • QUICK BITES: A black Labrador retriever that can't play fetch is not exactly the ideal candidate for a rescue dog. Lucky for Keela, canine recruiter Kirsten Fulk saw her potential and got her a job with Department of Homeland Security.

  • QUICK BITES: When a silverback Grauer’s gorilla suddenly dies, can a plucky young female take over as leader of the troop?

  • QUICK BITES: So, you’re going ‘all in’ to win some females for your family group? Dr. Tara Stoinski imparts some do’s and don’ts for young male gorillas who take on alpha male silverbacks.

  • QUICK BITES/LIVE SHOW! Dr. Eddy Kambale races against time to save a wild baby mountain gorilla from a deadly snare. But, will her angry 400-pound father let him get close enough to save her? Maybe our most incredible story, yet!

  • QUICK BITES: Can conveyor belts save this endangered species? Conservation innovators think so.

  • QUICK BITES: Dorj, the intrepid snow leopard hunter, turns photographer conservationist.

  • QUICK BITES: The pack takes care of its own. African painted dogs are more like the Three Musketeers than the ruthless killers they've been characterized as.

  • QUICK BITES: A ‘snipped’ version of Dr. Mark Stetter’s innovative approach to elephant overpopulation in Southern African parks.

  • QUICK BITES/LIVE SHOW! Is there really a man who can speak the language of gorillas?  Ranger Andre Bauma knows.

  • QUICK BITES: African painted dogs...because they work as a team, they are the most successful hunters on the African savanna. But, what happens when the pack has a dog that keeps getting lost?

  • LIVE SHOW!  Tasted by an octopus...on the first date? Award-winning science writer Sy Montgomery talks about a creature that’s impossible not to love: the shy, brilliant, clever, social, elusive, and curious giant Pacific octopus.

  • Who you callin' puny? These little harvester ants sting with venom that is big-time toxic: 30 times more toxic than a rattlesnake's, in fact. Guest: Justin Schmidt. Art by Simon Hayes.

  • LIVE SHOW! A lonely, meat-eating bachelor living in the heart of Los Angeles faces the challenges of cougar attraction…literally. Guest: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom.

  • Do sea otters really eat the equivalent of 160 hamburgers per day?  How is a furry little sea otter pup built like a beach ball?  And, can great white sharks really get hairballs from eating sea otters?

  • LIVE SHOW! Ana Garcia bravely travels to Africa to battle a horrendous parasite. The IMPROVology team sends girl detective, Nancy Drew, along with her to help.

  • Dr. Megan Owen loves the Arctic, but being stalked by a polar bear...not so much. Find out what makes polar bear moms mysterious and why scent is such an important research tool.

  • What if you’re the only person who knows the location of the last surviving California condor in the wild? What do you do? The amazing Jan Hamber looks back on 87 years of life and birds.

  • LIVE SHOW! Two parasite tribes battle to the death to win the coveted reward: a snail’s private parts. May the gonads be ever in your favor. (Parental Advisory)

  • When it comes to the most powerful mammal on land, veterinarian Dr. Mark Stetter has a very steady hand…and a very innovative approach to wild African elephant conservation. (Parental Advisory)

  • Why does this orphanage have armed guards? Do rhino calves have nightmares? How do you give CPR to a rhino calf?

  • Jellyfish expert Nate Jaros joins our IMPROVology players, Michael McShane and Brian Lohmann, for a live show in which Nate talks about some of his more interesting interactions with jellies.

  • Dr. Anthony Giordano joins our IMPROVology players, Michael McShane and Brian Lohmann, live on stage for this hilarious short segment about an animal few people have heard of or seen.

  • When you’re playing the game of love, it’s hard to wing it. Barbara Heidenreich, one of the world’s premier animal trainers, flies to New Zealand to aid a lovelorn Kakapo parrot. Parental advisory.

  • What happens when a lonely male gorilla meets a female gorilla for the first time in 27 years?