The show brings viewers a deep level of detail about these species’ mating methods and reproductive anatomies, and illustrates how scientists help preserve certain species for future generations, both in the wild and in a laboratory setting.
About the Episodes
Episode 1 | Elephants
Reidenberg and Evans follow Kiti, a pregnant female elephant, through the birth of her baby. Evans travels with a group attempting to control the elephant population while also maintaining genetic diversity through chemical birth control as Botswana copes with increasing numbers of animals.
Episode 2 | Orangutans
Reidenberg and Evans travel to an orangutan sanctuary deep in the rainforest of Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of humans’ closest cousins, the orangutan. The team examines how the alpha male “kings” exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory. Devoting a lengthy seven years to raising a single orangutan baby is key to the success of the species.
Episode 3 | Kangaroos
The scientists chronicle the birth of a kangaroo joey and its development. Explore koala conservation efforts in Brisbane that use artificial insemination to boost the numbers of koala babies. Reidenberg visits a pioneering breeding program at the University of Adelaide to learn more about preservation efforts to save the extremely endangered southern brush-tailed rock-wallaby in South Australia.
Episode 4 | Dolphins
Reidenberg travels to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategies and anatomies of dusky dolphins, who form mating groups that leap from the water in perfect unison. In a high-speed chase, males pursue females and rapidly mate with them. Witness a dolphin birth and learn the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater.
Sex in the Wild was produced by Windfall Films.