Conservation

NATURE
Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants

NATURE - Giraffes: Nature's Gentle Giants

 

What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family, and a band of enthusiastic helpers are about to find out. Their journey will take them across the wild heart of Uganda, crossing the mighty Nile River. The importance of this operation cannot be underestimated, because these are Rothschild’s giraffes, the world’s rarest. Any mistake could be costly, not only for the giraffes being moved but also for an entire species.

 

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BORN TO EXPLORE
NAMIBIA: Land of the Cheetah

BORN TO EXPLORE: NAMIBIA - Land of the Cheetah

 

Explorer Richard Wiese travels to Namibia to meet a woman who has dedicated her life to saving cheetahs from extinction — Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Richard tracks cheetahs on the Namibian plains and helps a medical team with a cheetah check-up. Learn how local farmers have formed an extraordinary partnership with wildlife conservationists and use dogs to protect livestock—ensuring the survival of Namibia’s cheetah population.

 

 

 

 

NATURE
The Last Orangutan Eden

 

Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the efforts to save its wild orangutan population, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. Morgan spends time with orphaned orangs at rehabilitation centers observing the process of teaching them the survival skills they’ll need to be released back into the wild. He also travels to a peat swamp forest known as Suaq Balimbing to work with a team of experienced researchers. Morgan is immersed in a unique social band of wild orangs that uses tools, shares food, forages together and creates their own distinct culture. Advanced cameras follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.

 

 

NOVA
Operation Lighthouse Rescue

 

The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.

 

STANDING ON SACRED GROUND
Profit & Loss

 

In this four-part documentary series, native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land in the form of consumer culture and resource extraction as well as competing religions and climate change.

 

Profit & Loss
In Papua New Guinea, a Chinese government-owned nickel mine has relocated villagers to a taboo sacred mountain, built a new pipeline and refinery on contested clan land, and dumped mining waste into the sea. In Alberta, First Nations people suffer from rare cancers as their traditional hunting grounds are strip-mined to unearth the world’s third-largest oil reserve. Indigenous people tell their own stories – and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Should the Thirty Meter Telescope Be Built?

 

Construction of a Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea has been brought to a temporary halt as protests over building the 18-story high telescope stretch across the globe. Plans to build the $1.4 billion telescope have been seven years in the making, but opposition only gained momentum recently amid growing concern over further astronomy-related development on land Native Hawaiians consider sacred. Malia Mattoch moderates the discussion.

 

Tonight’s panelists include (In alphabetical order):

Paul Coleman, Astrophysicist, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa

Richard Ha, Hawai‘i Island Farmer and Businessman

Jon Osorio, Board President, KAHEA, a Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance

Kealoha Pisciotta, President, Mauna Kea Anaina Hou

 

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INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
How Valuable Are Our Native Forests?

 

How Valuable Are Our Native Forests?

Hawai‘i’s native forests have been harvested for wood and cleared to make room for agriculture and development. Those that have survived still face attack from alien species that threaten to choke out and replace indigenous plant-life. What’s being done to restore Hawai‘i’s forests and protect them for the future? Mahealani Richardson moderates the discussion.