Dr. Terry Maple, Director of Wildlife Wellness at the Jacksonville Zoo, recounts the tale of Chantek the mischievous, self-aware orangutan who wasn't above visiting McDonald's from time to time.
Most people try to stay as far away from great white sharks as possible, but a group of researchers is desperately trying to find these apex predators in the open water.
Professor Anna Nekaris, director of the Little Fireface Project, chats about these adorable monkeys and their super-cool snake-like qualities.
Can dogs and cats really live together? Some cheetahs in Africa wouldn't survive without their canine companions.
People are changing the world every day; it's time for us to decide if the change will ultimately be positive or negative. Rich Block, Santa Barbara Zoo's CEO, talks about the impending "sixth extinction."
Do we REALLY need to give up single-use plastics? Greg Gorga, CEO of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, says "Yes."
Turns out a turtle's growing pains can be solved by using a machine that's usually found in the office, not the ocean.
QUICK BITES: Wintering whales have regular migration patterns. When food sources decline, where do they go?
QUICK BITES: “Charismatic" species like the island fox can be a big help to the conservation moment. But let’s not forget the other, less “camera-ready” animals that need protecting on the Channel Islands.
QUICK BITES: You've heard of seahorses? Their cousins, called seadragons, grow these really cool skin flaps that give them that "dragon" look.
QUICK BITES: Tiny critters like crabs and sea anemones flourish in tide pools. But did you know tide pools serve as little nurseries for a host of other species that can grow really big?
QUICK BITES: I say “pollinator,” you say “butterfly.” But what about bison? These big, furry seed spreaders are the pollinators of the Great Plains.
QUICK BITES: What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on? Was it so bad you severed your arm and jetted away? Learn how the Giant Pacific Octopus deals with bad dates in this episode.
QUICK BITES: Did you know one of the best ways to protect the earth against mass extinction may be as simple as going on a hike? Find out more about our looming conservation crisis.
QUICK BITES: Forget mice...do you know what really scares elephants? Find out what hard-working insect researchers are using to save Asian and African elephants.
QUICK BITES: Can the critically endangered kaki, or black stilt, win New Zealand’s Bird of the Year contest? If a Tinder profile can’t help set the votes on fire, we’re not sure what will.
QUICK BITES: Tiger cubs on their first hunting expedition took down 20 cows in one go. The villagers called for help and Wildlife Trust of India answered, which led to a mama tiger vs. elephant showdown.
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/LIVE SHOW! Is there really a man who can speak the language of gorillas? Ranger Andre Bauma knows.
QUICK BITES: Carrie Goertz, Director of Animal Health at Alaska SeaLife Center, describes the rescue and care of a male baby beluga whale. He’s not a fan of helicopter rides OR late feedings...what a baby!
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: 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/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: 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: 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: 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)