Born In The Wild

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 1: Elephant

Elephants thrive in the predator ridden savannah thanks to their extreme size and their remarkable reproductive biology. They invest huge amounts of time and energy in each individual newborn… and raise their young in a protective family herd led by a matriarch.

We find out how females select the strongest mates, why elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom, how they safely deliver a 100kg baby and we witness the remarkable first steps of a newborn calf. 

Episode 1: Elephant Joy and Mark travel to Africa to explore the unique reproduction challenges of the largest animal on land – the elephant.

Episode 2: Kangaroo Joy and Mark are in Australia to uncover the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth – the pouch-wearing Marsupials.

Episode 3: Orangutan Joy and Mark travel to Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of our closest cousins – the Orang-utan.

Episode 4: Dolphin Joy and Mark investigate the reproductive secrets of marine mammals. How do animals that breathe air manage to mate, give birth and raise their young underwater?

Additional Editing
for Channel 4, PBS