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EARTH - A NEW WILD: Forests

Wolf stands by the river in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Courtesy of Ian McAllister
Wolf stands by the river in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Airs Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

M. Sanjayan explores the Great Bear Rainforest on kayak.
Courtesy of Ian McAllister
M. Sanjayan explores the Great Bear Rainforest on kayak.
M. Sanjayan stands on mountain with binoculars in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Courtesy of Laura Flegg
M. Sanjayan stands on mountain with binoculars in the Great Bear Rainforest.
M. Sanjayan in a canoe with sea lions in the background.
Courtesy of M. Sanjayan
M. Sanjayan in a canoe with sea lions in the background.
M. Sanjayan on boat with Waorani.
Courtesy of Gaby Bastyra
M. Sanjayan on boat with Waorani.
Two Waorani women stare at fire.
Courtesy of Gaby Bastyra
Two Waorani women stare at fire.

This five-part series, "Home" (repeats Sept. 21), "Plains" (repeats Sept. 28), "Forests" (repeats Oct. 5), "Oceans" (repeats Oct. 12) and "Water" (repeats Oct. 19) takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist, takes viewers on a stunning visual journey to explore how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems.

EARTH - A NEW WILD features spectacular natural history footage from the most striking places on Earth, filming encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them. With up-close looks at a range of species, from giant pandas to humpback whales and African lions to Arctic reindeer, Sanjayan reveals that co-habitations with animals can work — and be mutually beneficial.

In the third episode, journey deep into the great forests of Earth for a new way of looking at these wild places and the animals that live there. Sanjayan travels into an uncharted area of the Amazon that scientists believe is the most bio-diverse place on Earth.

From there he follows unique animal behavior in Alaska’s Great Bear Rainforest and then meets the farmers in Portugal’s cork forests. Frightening elephant battles are exploding on the edge of the forest in Sumatra; in the Amazon, ancient remains are helping change our perception of how to value the world’s great forests.

Sequences include the first filmed scientific trip to Ecuador’s Intangible Zone; unique behavior, filmed for the first time, of wolves in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia; eagles and Iberian lynx in the cork forests of Europe, and frightening elephant battles in the forests of Indonesia.

“PBS viewers love programs that explore our planet in new and intriguing ways, and EARTH - A NEW WILD takes this idea to an exciting new level,” says PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager Beth Hoppe. “This series is an amazing view of us and our natural surroundings as never seen before.”

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