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Host Gordon Buchanan films a loggerhead sea turtle.
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Host Gordon Buchanan films a loggerhead sea turtle.

Encore Thursdays, Aug. 3 and 10, 2023 at 7 p.m. on KPBS TV / Stream now with KPBS Passport! 

To discover the secret lives of animals, sometimes the animals must show us themselves. Go where no human cameraperson can go in Season 2 of ANIMALS WITH CAMERAS, A NATURE MINISERIES.

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan and a team of pioneering animal scientists join forces to explore stories of animal lives “told” by the animals themselves. The cameras are custom-built to fit on the animals unobtrusively and to be easily removed at a later point.

Shark Cams Capture Rare Footage

Do female turtles feed in the ocean when they are nesting? Why are gannet populations thriving, while other seabird species are declining? How do kangaroos survive when pushed out of their environments by urban development? The unique vantage point given by these state-of-the-art cameras reveal answers to these questions alongside the scientists studying these species. By better understanding the private lives of endangered animals, conservationists can improve efforts to save them.

Sea Turtle Films Surprising Discoveries

One-of-a-kind sequences captured by the animals include several on-camera firsts. A male koala bellows at night to assert territory, the first time this behavior has been recorded in such close proximity. Soar above an Australian cityscape from a fruit bat’s perspective. Elephant seal pups play with their peers in the ocean, countering previous beliefs they are solitary creatures. Tiger sharks dive 500 feet in the coral reef to hide and search for prey.

The Secret Nightlife of Koalas


Episode 1: "Ocean" Encore Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. on KPBS TV - Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan leads a team using state of the art cameras, offering a fresh look at the lives of some of the animals in our oceans such as sharks, elephant seals, turtles and gannets.


Episode 2: "Australia" Encore Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. on KPBS TV - Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan fronts the team helping scientists investigate the lives of some of Australia’s most iconic animals. Koalas, fruit bats and kangaroos take the cameras into their secret worlds.

Preview of ANIMALS WITH CAMERAS: Australia

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NATURE is a production of The WNET Group. For NATURE: Fred Kaufman is executive producer. Bill Murphy is series producer. Janet Hess is series editor. Danielle Broza is digital content & strategy lead. A BBC Studios production for PBS and BBC with The WNET Group. For BBC, Jo Shinner is executive producer and Vanessa Coates is series producer. The miniseries is produced and directed by Simon Baxter and Clare Kingston. Presented by Gordon Buchanan.