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Young elephants interacting in Samburu National Park, Kenya.

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

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.

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"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



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

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

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

Meeting Winnie the Zebra

"As the zebra gather to leave


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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