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  • QUICK BITES: These "horribly intelligent" birds play monkey-see, monkey-do when training the younger generation. Lucy Kemp explains the ground hornbill method of mentoring young birds for reintroduction into the wild.

  • QUICK BITES: Don’t let those long eyelashes fool you into thinking these birds are shy…ground hornbills have no qualms about killing snakes and can predict the weather, too. Lucy Kemp, Project Manager of the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project, will make you fall in love with these big birds.

  • Encore Broadcast: We are thankful that the Griffith Park Cougar, P22, survived the recent wildfires in Southern California. Enjoy this P22-themed episode from 2017.  We teamed up Beth Pratt-Bergstrom of the National Wildlife Federation with improvisational comedians Kelley Holden-Bashar and Stephen Kearin for an IMPROVology show live on stage at the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo.

  • QUICK BITES: Laurie Marker explains how re-wilding orphaned cheetahs means taking a “pissy, spitty” animal from “I hate you” to “goodbye.”

  • QUICK BITES: When a mama cheetah needs to feed her hungry cubs, her to-do list is very specific: climb a tree to spot prey, dash off at speeds up to 70 mph, take ‘em down with a knife-like claw. Dinner is served.

  • QUICK BITES: They want your attention 100% of the time, smash things, and yell at their siblings. Meet 9-month-old grizzly cub orphans Hawthorne and Huckleberry. 

  • QUICK BITES: Elderly lizards get arthritis, too. When a Komodo dragon really needs to relax and loosen those joints, a massage therapist kneads out the kinks.

  • QUICK BITES: Mary Wykstra, founder of Action for Cheetahs, describes the excitement of a cheetah hunt. Vervet monkeys may disagree.

  • QUICK BITES: "The world can't be whole without predators," says Sy Montgomery. She tells more tales from the magical mangrove forests of the Sundarbans, where tigers can fly and become invisible.

  • QUICK BITES: Most tigers want to be left alone, and don’t like the taste of humans. But hundreds of people disappear each year from the protected forests of India and Bangladesh—from tigers said to have "supernatural" behaviors.

  • QUICK BITES: What do YOU do when you’re in a bad mood? These tigers eat people. Sy Montgomery’s study of tigers in the Bay of Bengal reveals the balance of nature and myth.

  • QUICK BITES:  The job description is clear: candidates must be friendly, able to navigate wobbly surfaces, and devoted to toys. Can’t make the cut? Kirsten Fulk’s got a place for you.

  • QUICK BITES: Why would anyone use a Super Soaker to flush the stomach of a 12-foot-long wild crocodile? Dr. Maria Tellez, aka the "Croc Doc," enlightens us.

  • QUICK BITES: Well, Dr. Cheryl Knott, "urine" luck...analyzing orangutan waste does produce a wealth of valuable information about these endangered animals.

  • QUICK BITES: Professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich shares her experience helping orphaned orangutans in Indonesia, while improv comedians relate their own experiences training animals. Who’s telling the truth?

  • QUICK BITES: Don’t let those big black eyes fool you…these cigar-shaped marine mammals can be feisty! CIMWI animal care coordinator Jennifer Levine shares some tricks of the rescue trade.

  • QUICK BITES: Even big cats need baby steps to take their medicine. Globe-trotting animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich uses food to make routine health care a comfortable experience. 

  • QUICK BITES: It's a dinosaur with a "killing claw." This muscular, red-eyed bird is as tall as you are and you'd better not threaten its family. 

  • QUICK BITES: Do you enjoy fishing? How about eating insect larvae? Crows in New Caledonia like to do both, and they make their own fishing rods.

  • QUICK BITES: Riley the yellow Labrador retriever is ready for his search and rescue certification test, but handler Eric Gray might need to "bone up" on his studies.

  • 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?

  • LIVE SHOW! A creature too lazy to raise its own babies creates a zombie nanny parent substitute. Parasitologist Sara Weinstein tells the story of the sacculina parasite, puppet master of the animal kingdom.

  • Are jaguars the pit bulls of the big cat family? How many samples of jaguar poop do you really need for a good collection? And, who would win in a fight, a puma or a jaguar? Dr. Anthony Giordano knows.

  • What secrets does the world’s cutest apex predator hold? Tim Coonan talks about the mysterious disappearance of the island fox and its remarkable comeback.