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NATURE’S GREAT RACE

Airs Wednesdays, July 12-26, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Young elephants interacting in Samburu National Park, Kenya.

Credit: Courtesy of BBC/Scott Alexander

Above: Young elephants interacting in Samburu National Park, Kenya.

NATURE'S GREAT RACE follows three groups of animals — caribou, zebra, and elephants — as they face the immense challenges of migration in places around the world.

Captured in real-time, using the latest satellite-tracking and filming technology, the program gives unparalleled access to the great obstacles facing each individual herd, from treacherous terrain to merciless predators, as they risk danger and death in a race for their lives.

In breathtaking spectacles spanning Canada, Alaska, and southern and eastern Africa, the documentary gives a front-row seat to the ultimate test of survival for each of these animal groups, showcasing their journeys more intimately than they’ve ever been seen before – each fraught step captured in unprecedented depth and detail.

With rare access to one of the world’s most extraordinary events, NATURE'S GREAT RACE doesn’t just tell, but shows nature’s breathtaking spectacles, astonishing challenges, and triumphs against all odds.

Official Trailer

Follow three iconic animals on three of the world’s most breath-taking wildlife adventures. Across hundreds of miles of Canadian arctic wilderness and African bush, we follow every life and death decision these herds make as they overcome immense obstacles and face fearless predators in a race to reach their destination.

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1: “Elephants” airs Wednesday, July 12 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. - Follow the annual gathering of a thousand elephants in northern Kenya. From magnificent bulls to vulnerable orphans, they face deadly threats from both predators and poachers.

Next on Episode 1 | Elephants

A thousand elephants, from magnificent bulls to vulnerable orphans, come together in a crucial annual gathering in northern Kenya, whilst facing deadly threats from both predators and poachers.

Episode 2: “Caribou” airs Wednesday, July 19 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m. - Join 100,000 caribou who face hungry bears and wolves, deadly frozen rivers and rugged mountains as they undertake the world's longest land migration: 3,000 miles through the frozen Arctic wilderness of Canada and Alaska.

Next on Episode 2 | Caribou

A hundred thousand caribou must face hungry bears and wolves, deadly frozen rivers and rugged mountains as they undertake the world's longest land migration - 3,000 miles through the frozen Arctic wilderness of Canada and Alaska.

Episode 3: “Zebra” airs Wednesday, July 26 at 9 p.m. (no Sunday repeat scheduled yet) - Witness the perilous journey of thousands zebra who face lions, hunting dogs, drought and starvation as they brave a brutal Botswana wilderness and undertake Africa's longest land migration to the rich grasslands of Nxai Pan National Park.

Next on Episode 3 | Zebra

Thousands of zebra face lions, hunting dogs, drought and starvation as they undertake the world's most recently discovered migration. Braving one of Botswana's most brutal wildernesses, they make Africa's longest land migration to reach the rich grasslands of Nxai Pan National Park.

Meeting Winnie the Zebra

As the zebra gather to leave, the crew gets a chance to meet the individuals. Some have given birth, some are still pregnant, but the start of the great 150 mile migration is just about to start.

WATCH ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

Each episode from this series will be available for viewing on demand for a limited time after each broadcast (July 12 - Aug. 9, 2017). Extend your viewing window beginning Aug. 10 (all 3 episodes available Aug. 24), with KPBS Passport, video streaming for members ($60 yearly) using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Learn how to activate your benefit now.

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