Sex in the Wild: Elephants

Sex in the Wild: Elephants

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 9:00pm

Pictured: A scene from Sex in the Wild 

Credit: pbs.org 

Catch an encore presentation of Sex in the Wild: Elephants.

Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and anatomist Dr. Joy S. Reidenberg, experts in animal biology, reveal the natural mating, birth and rearing behaviors of elephants, kangaroos, dolphins and orangutans, all while capturing rare, beautiful footage of these species in their natural habitats. The series brings viewers a deep level of detail about these species' mating methods and reproductive anatomies, and illustrates how scientists help preserve certain species for future generations, both in the wild and in a laboratory setting.

Episodes depict how animals woo the opposite sex, mate, and raise their young in extreme environments. The series highlights conservation and preservation efforts to protect endangered species, and explores growing attempts to safely control increasing populations of particular species, such as Botswana's elephants.

In Sex in the Wild: Elephants, airing Thursday, August 7 at 9 p.m. on WXXI World, Reidenberg and Evans follow Kiti, a pregnant female elephant, through the birth of her baby. In addition, Evans travels with a group attempting to control the elephant population (and learns how to produce a bull elephant sperm sample) while also maintaining genetic diversity, through chemical birth control as Botswana copes with increasing numbers of animals.  

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