Animal Attractions: Amazing Tales from the San Diego Zoo

Animal Medicine

Animal Medicine Some of the most gripping scenes in the NATURE program Animal Attractions show the drama of veterinary medicine at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. Animal health care is an important part of the zoo’s mission, and staff members pay daily “house calls” to residents. Whether an infant gorilla is struggling […]

Jackals of the African Crater


Ancient Egyptians believed they were gods of the underworld, and that their evening yips and yowls were the haunting songs of the dead. Modern cultures dismissed them as cold-hearted and calculated killers, the vicious thugs of the animal world. But as NATURE’s Jackals of the African Crater shows, the dog-like jackal lives a far more […]

Showdown at Grizzly River


A roaring waterfall may not seem like a promising place to raise a child. The rocks are sharp and steep, and the frigid water speeds by faster than a freeway, threatening to sweep away toddling youngsters. But in the Alaska wilderness, the powerful McNeil River Falls is a very popular nursery spot — for growing […]

Cheetahs in a Hot Spot

Additional Web and Print Resources

Online Resources We recommend these Web sites for those interested in the subjects shown on the program. All links are valid as of February 22, 2001. Africat Foundation http://www.africat.org Lise Hanssen’s cheetah rescue and education organization. Cheetah Conservation Fund http://www.cheetah.org/ Supports wild cheetah conservation research and education. Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/agarman/cheetah.htm Basic facts from Big […]

Cheetahs in a Hot Spot

Finding a Home

Lise Hanssen rescues a trapped cheetah. Namibia, a southern African nation that gained its independence in 1990, is the cheetah capital of the world. It is home to nearly 2,000 of the big cats, or one-sixth of the world’s 12,000 remaining cheetahs. Some of Namibia’s cheetahs live on protected lands, such as the Etosha park […]

Cheetahs in a Hot Spot

Deadly Hunters

Cheetahs must learn to stalk their prey. When it comes to cheetahs, speed kills. Indeed, cheetahs rely on their remarkable acceleration abilities to overtake fast moving prey, such as small antelope. But speed alone isn’t enough to ensure a successful hunt, as NATURE’s Cheetahs in a Hot Spot shows. Baby cheetahs must also learn to […]

Cheetahs in a Hot Spot


The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. As the world’s fastest land animal, cheetahs are the odds-on favorite in almost any footrace. After all, they can accelerate to freeway speeds in just a step or two. But in the dry scrublands of southern Africa, the fast felines are falling behind in the most important […]

Inside the Animal Mind

Socially Aware

As you read this, you are probably aware of reading this. Indeed, you can also imagine yourself reading this — a sort of picture within a picture in your mind’s eye. But do animals share this kind of consciousness? That is the question asked by Part Three of NATURE’s Inside the Animal Mind. The program […]